2019 News


Kawhia & Aotea Liquor Ban 

The possession or consumption of alcohol in any public place in the Kawhia & Aotea Liquor Ban area is PROHIBITED at all times between 23 December 2019 and 7 February 2020.


Raglan Road traction sealing

We are commitment to improving the safety of local roads and reducing maintenance costs will soon see parts of Raglan Road sealed. 


Otewa Road improvements

Inframax Construction will soon be starting minor safety improvement work and traffic calming measures around Otewa School


Healthy homes for kiwis

The NZ Green Building Council is a not for profit with a vision of healthy warm homes for New Zealanders.  Working with the sector a free online tool was created where Kiwis can check if their house is healthy and warm.  


Summer algae and bacteria monitoring starts

With temperatures beginning to warm up summer monitoring is due to begin at some of Waikato’s popular lake and river swimming spots.



Boil water notice - Tihiroa Rural Water Supply

Residents whose properties are connected to the Tihiroa Rural Water Scheme are being asked to boil their water until further notice.


Chemical mowing trial

We have started a chemical mowing trial on three local roads affected by yellow bristle grass.


Wharepuhunga Road rehabilitation

Work will soon be underway to improve the safety of Wharepuhunga Road with just over 1km of the road scheduled to be fixed in the coming months.


Change of classification of reserve

Objections, with reasons, to the change of classification must be received by Friday 13 December 2019.


Weed spraying

We will be spraying some weeds in a few of our parks on 7 & 8 November.


Expression of interest - Mair Street grazing

We are  seeking written expressions of interest in relation to maintaining the 2.1 hectare (approx) open drain grass area adjacent to Mair Street in Ōtorohanga.


Ōtorohanga town water flush programme

Flushing will take place on 6 & 7 November  


Labour Day opening hours

View what services will be available on Labour Day - 28 October


Otorohanga Sport and Active Recreation Plan

Please have a read through the plan and provide feedback by 31 October


Proposed Amendment of Traffic Bylaw 2005

 We want to amend our Traffic Bylaw 2005 to improve the safety of those residents on Old Te Kuiti Road who have very limited sight distance when exiting and entering their driveways. 


Huiputea Drive vertical realignment

Work is commencing Friday 27 September.


2019 Valuation Rolls

The revised Rating Values are effective as at 1 August 2019 and the new notices of valuation will be posted to owners and ratepayers from 30 September 2019.


Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund

The Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior teams participating in local sport competition.


Rate rebate assistance

We will be in Kawhia on Wednesday 25 September to help with rate rebate applications


Reg Brett Reserve stormwater

As you may have noticed, we have had a contractor doing some work alongside the Kiwiana Playground.


Candidate information evenings

We are holding two candidate information evenings, one in Kawhia and one in Otorohanga


2018/19 Dog control fees

Fees for the period 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020


Proposal to close Hoddle Road

Hamilton Car Club have applied for a temporary road closure on 28 July


Kawhia water flush programme

Flushing is scheduled to take place on Thursday 13 June


Water charges in Ōtorohanga

From 1 July the way you are charged for water will change



A message from our Road Maintenance Team

Please keep an eye out for vehicles deliberately pushing over road signs.   


Housing for the elderly

Council invites applications from suitably qualified persons for its Housing for the Elderly units situated in Rangitahi and Haerehuka Streets, Otorohanga.


Application for temporary road closure

The Hamilton Car Club has applied for a road closure on Hoddle Road for a Rally Sprint Event


Water leak repair

Main North Road/Thomson Avenue water shut down - Friday 10 May



ANZAC Day 2019

Details for services in Otorohanga and Kawhia

Easter hours

Due to the long weekend some services have been affected

Fire season status update - 8 April

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have change the fire season status



Candlelight vigil - Mayor's speech

A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday 17 March at the Village Green


Fire season status update - 18 March

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have change the fire season status



Stopbank pathway - starting soon

On Tuesday 5th March, work will begin on the construction of the stopbank pathway


Notification of Road works Te Kanawa Street

Broadspectrum on behalf of NZTA plan to start road repairs next week (weather permitting) on Te Kanawa Street SH31


Prohibited fire season

The Waikato / Thames region of Fire and Emergency NZ have decided to go in to a Prohibited Fire Season because of the high fire risk.


Te Puia road - road closure

Due to the increased risk of fire ODC wish to advise that Te Puia Road (the road to Ocean Beach) in Kawhia is closed to all traffic until further notice. 


Fire danger levels

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have reviewed the Fire Danger Levels for the Waikato



Restricted fire season

Fire and Emergency New Zealand declares a restricted fire season effective from 4 February 2019


Issues regarding Kawhia Medical Centre

Investigation is currently being conducted of the potential to create some additional working space for doctors at the Kawhia Medical Centre


Proposed Revision of Road Improvement Program

Council is proposing to revise the form of its road improvement program


Reseals and second coat seals

Work programme for 21 January 2019


Kerbside collections

There will be a change in kerbside collection dates due to the upcoming public holidays


Waste free demonstration

Do you want to be more friendly to the environment, reduce waste and be kinder to your own immunity?


Rates due

The second instalment of the 2018/19 rates is due on 25 January 2019