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About Masterton District Council

Masterton District Council is the northernmost council in the Wellington region. Our purpose is to enable democratic local decision-making in the local community and meet the current and future needs for good-quality infrastructure, community wellbeing, local public services and performance of regulatory functions in a cost-effective way.

It means we set the strategic direction for the district in partnership with the local community, determine services that Council needs to undertake and manage networks and community infrastructure such as roads, water supply and waste management.

Our Council is made up of eleven elected representatives. We also have two iwi representatives who sit on council subcommittees.

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Media releases

How should Masterton spend $3.88 million?

Masterton District Council is asking residents how it should spend $3.88 million in funding being offered by the Government as part of the ‘Better Off’ support package in the Three Waters Reforms.


Kia ora! We are pleased to advise on the next steps for the new bridge over the Waipoua River. Building will commence as of Monday 18 July with an estimated build time of 4-5 weeks to completion.

Ombudsman’s findings welcomed

The Ombudsman has rejected complaints that Masterton District Council’s public consultation about financing the Civic Facility was flawed and not compliant with Local Government Act 2002.

Climate Action Plan consultation opens

Masterton District Council has begun consultation on its Climate Action plan, with three different options available for people wanting to have their say on one of the most pressing issues facing our District.

Toilets and viewing platform for Lansdowne trail

A grant of nearly $238,750 from the Toursim Infrastructure Fund will enable construction of toilets and a wetland viewing platform on the Lansdowne Trail, near new the new mountain bike park, currently under construction.

Follow the stars for Matariki

Masterton District Council is inviting applications from groups and individuals planning community events for Matariki, offering grants of up to $500 to help organisers, and planning a map of events running from 20-26 June.

Tenders invited for key Civic Facility roles

Masterton District Council is calling for tenders for four more key roles in the Civic Facility project, a structural engineering consultant, a mechanical, electrical and hydraulics consultant, a civil engineering consultant, and a fire engineer.

Emergency discharge of treated wastewater

Unprecedented flows to the Homebush Wastewater Treatment Plant, caused by high levels of groundwater after recent storms, have forced Masterton District Council to carry out an emergency discharge of treated wastewater to the Ruamahanga River.

Skatepark ready for action

Masterton’s revamped skatepark is open for action after completion of its revamp, funded with $1.3 million from the Government’s Provincial Development Unit, and $300,000 from Masterton District Council.

Water restrictions eased

The long weekend’s wet weather has enabled Masterton District Council to ease water restrictions to allow garden sprinklers to again be used on alternate days.

Pool inspections underway

Masterton District Council has begun inspecting private swimming pools, as required by law, to ensure access is restricted, to keep children safe.

No Waifest in 2022

Masterton District Council has reluctantly decided that it is unfeasible to hold Waifest this year, in the current Covid-19 environment.

Sprinkler ban introduced

Masterton District Council has introduced further water restrictions following continued dry conditions. Sprinkler use is banned – only hand-held hoses may be used. Restrictions are linked to flow levels in the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s drinking water.


Masterton District Council has closed Henley Lake for recreational purposes and issued a health warning after tests show concentrations of cyanobacteria (toxic algae) to be at high levels.

Toxic algae (cyanobacteria) is found in the majority of lakes and rivers in New Zealand. Under certain conditions, including warm temperatures, prolonged periods of sunshine and low water flow through the lake, the algae can proliferate to very high numbers.

Masterton District Council appoints new CE

Masterton District Council has appointed David Hopman as its new Chief Executive.
Hopman, who has been acting in the role of CE for the Council since July, was offered the role following several weeks of recruitment by agency JacksonStone & Partners.

Youth hub added to skatepark project

Masterton District Council has signed a contract with Podular to supply a building next to the revamped skatepark site as a youth hub. Designs have been approved and construction is scheduled to start in the New Year.

Architect sought for Civic Facility

Masterton District Council is inviting tenders for architect services for the Civic Facility. Negotiations are continuing for the purchase of the preferred site for the Civic Facility, in the north end of Masterton.

Master plan approved for hood aerodrome

A bright future for Hood Aerodrome has been mapped out with the approval of a masterplan by Masterton District Council for the key community asset. The masterplan was developed in consultation with Hood users and operators, and the wider community.

Council makes progress on ‘Big decisions’

Masterton District Council will proceed with construction of a civic facility, including the library and archives, starting in 2022/23, seeking $4 million in external funding, and using $26.8m in loan funds.

Reduction in dog registration fee increase

Masterton District Council has responded to public submissions and agreed a lower increase in dog registration fees, down by up to $12 per dog on increases proposed in the draft Long-Term Plan fees and charges.
The increases are an average of around 16 per cent, down from proposed increases averaging around 26 per cent.

Contract signed for skatepark revamp

Hunter Civil Ltd, of Christchurch, has been awarded the tender for the revamp of the Masterton skatepark, with work scheduled to start after Queen’s Birthday weekend.

New home for Wairarapa Archive

The Wairarapa Archive is now operating from the Library Learning Centre next to Masterton Library, after a move from offices on the opposite side Queen Street.

New roundabout for Te Ore Ore Road

Work will start next week on a new roundabout at the intersection of Te Ore Ore Road with Blair and Totara Streets, increasing safety in an area of longstanding concern.

Proposed changes to fees and charges

A focus on ensuring the cost of delivering council activities is fully recovered is behind the increase in some fees and charges, proposed as part of the current consultation on Masterton District Council’s draft Long-Term Plan. Costs have increased due to adjustments for inflation, to respond to changes set by central government, and to cover borrowing costs for capital projects associated with the services.

Masterton – It’s time to step up and have your say!

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson believes there are thousands of great reasons and a couple of excellent incentives for people to take time to make a submission on the Council’s long-term plan consultation, which opens tomorrow  (1 April). The draft plan, called Stepping Up, sets out plans for a new civic facility, a 10-year Masterton revamp, and 25 new pensioner houses on council-owned land.

Water restrictions lifted

Rain in the Tararua Range has enabled Masterton District Council to lift all water restrictions from tomorrow (Wednesday 31 March). 

Council grants total almost $90k

Nearly $90,000 in community wellbeing, events, and COVID-19 sports grants have been approved by Masterton District Council’s Awards and Grants Committee.
This includes nearly $50,000 in Community Wellbeing grants, more than $17,000 in Community Events grants, and $21,000 in the COVID-19 Sports Grants.

Sprinkler ban returns

An extended spell without significant rain has forced Masterton District Council to tighten its water restriction, limiting watering to hand-held hoses only.

Independent assessment lifts Council rating

An independent assessment of Masterton District Council has highlighted significant improvement since it was first assessed as competent in 2017. The Local Government NZ CouncilMark assessment is a voluntary process, with the Council’s assessment now a “strong” BBB, up from a BB.

Watering restricted to handheld hoses

Garden watering in Masterton is now limited to handheld hoses, following a sustained period of dry weather and falling levels in the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s drinking water.

Masterton app launched for Council updates

From tomorrow (Saturday) Masterton residents can get the latest Council updates sent straight to their phone. The Masterton District Council has launched the Antenno app for Masterton residents.

Green Flag award for Henley Lake

Henley Lake has become one of only three parks in New Zealand to receive an international Green Flag community award. In awards announced this week by Recreational Aotearoa, Queen Elizabeth Park has also retained its Green Flag status, for the third year running.

New speed signs on the way

Masterton District Council has begun installing new road speed signs, the final step in confirming the speed changes made following the speed limit review earlier this year.

Queen Street redevelopment approved

Masterton District Council has approved redevelopment of lower Queen Street, with work set to be carried out next year. At its meeting yesterday, the council resolved to proceed to tender for construction.

World-leading tech aims to improve Masterton’s air quality

World-leading technology has been rolled out across Masterton to get a better picture of the town’s air quality during winter. The Greater Wellington Regional Council, Masterton District Council and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are collaborating on the project, which involves 24 sensors being installed throughout the town.

Masterton aims for cleaner air this winter

Masterton District Council is optimistic that gradual improvements in the town’s air quality will continue this winter. Air quality is measured by World Health Organisation guidelines focused on small

Castlepoint toilet makeover begins

Castlepoint beachgoers will have fresh toilet facilities next summer as a rebuild of the toilet block near the lagoon kicks off this week. The circa $300,000 project is being partly funded through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Water meter installation on track

Installation of water meters in Masterton is progressing well, with extra contractors involved following the four and a half weeks of Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Phased reopening for Council facilities

Council facilities will reopen in phases over the next few weeks as New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. The Queen Street customer service centre and Masterton Library will both reopen on Monday. Masterton District Council Chief Executive Kath Ross said the Council was following the Government’s emphasis on reopening in a safe way.

It’s time to talk about speed

Masterton District Council is starting a conversation with residents about traffic speeds in and around Masterton, as the first stage of a review of speed limits.

Upgrade for swingbridge

Masterton’s swingbridge across the Waipoua River is likely to be re-opened to all users by summer, after Masterton District Council approved replacing decking on the bridge to make it once again accessible to mobility scooters as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

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