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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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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.
Masterton District Council has agreed to provide 31 carparks next to the Departmental Building (35-37 Chapel Street) for use by the Wairarapa District Health Board’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
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.
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.
Masterton’s swingbridge across the Waipoua River will be closed from Wednesday (21 April) as work begins to replace its deck.
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 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.
Rain in the Tararua Range has enabled Masterton District Council to lift all water restrictions from tomorrow (Wednesday 31 March).
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.
An extended spell without significant rain has forced Masterton District Council to tighten its water restriction, limiting watering to hand-held hoses only.
Essex Street carpark will be closed on Friday 19 March to allow tree removal ahead of a major revamp that will see park numbers increased from 117 to 125.
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.
Rain in the Tararua Range has raised the level of the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s drinking water, enabling water restrictions to be eased to allow sprinklers on alternate days.
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.
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.
A sprinkler restriction is now in place for Masterton – the latest start to summer water restrictions in years.
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.
Masterton District Council is urging drivers to save parking spaces for those who really need them before taking in-demand spots.
Masterton District Council is considering different options for progressing its Town Centre Revamp project following the recent tender process for construction of the lower Queen Street section.
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.
More than $120,000 has been allocated for activities enhancing community wellbeing in grants announced by Masterton District Council’s Awards and Grants Committee.
Masterton District Council wants to cut printing and postage costs by encouraging people to sign up to receive their rates notices via email.
Martinborough’s Aspect Architecture has been chosen as lead architect to design Masterton’s new animal shelter after assessment of three tender proposals received by Masterton District Council (MDC).
Masterton Library’s efforts to increase digital accessibility and reach more of the community have been boosted with a successful application to the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme.
Masterton District Council wants to hear from Wairarapa fabricators and engineers who may be able to make equipment for the town centre revamp or the new skatepark.
Masterton district residents have given Masterton District Council an overall thumbs-up in a satisfaction survey conducted in March-April this year.
A new walking and cycle bridge across the Waipoua River will provide easy access to Oxford Street Reserve from the trail on the south side of the river.
The Masterton District Council is welcoming the Government’s commitment of $11.3 million for community assets.
Masterton District Council is determined to minimise the number of dog owners who pay more than they need to for dog registration this year.
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 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.
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.
Just in time for the freedoms of Alert Level 2, Masterton District Council is launching a digital public art trail around town, giving locals and visitors an online map highlighting public art pieces.
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.
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.
The aviation and agricultural communities in Wairarapa are deeply saddened by the death of a pilot in a crash at Kourarau Hill, Carterton, this morning.
As part of the move to Alert Level 3, transfer stations in Masterton, Carterton, and Martinborough, will reopen for all waste and recycling from Tuesday, 28 April, with strict social distancing protocols.
Masterton District Council has dropped a range of fees and charges and extended timeframes as immediate measures to support the community during the COVID-19 response.
All three Wairarapa district councils are putting measures in place to ensure ongoing support for local retailers and service providers during lockdown.
After one of the driest summers in recent memory, consistent rain over recent days has allowed Masterton District Council (MDC) to end garden watering restrictions for what is hoped is the foreseeable future.
The three Wairarapa Councils are uniting to fight the spread of COVID-19 and urgently asking the community to follow Government advice.
Rain has allowed Masterton’s garden watering restriction to be eased to sprinklers on alternate days.
Ongoing dry weather after weekend rain has forced Masterton District Council to reinstate a total garden watering ban.
Weekend rain in the Tararua Range has lifted the flow of the Waingawa River, enabling Masterton District Council to ease garden water restrictions for the next few days to sprinklers on alternate days – houses with odd numbers on odd days, evens on evens.
Outstanding service to the community by groups and individuals has been recognised in the 2019 Masterton District Council Civic and Youth Awards.
Masterton District Council has temporarily closed the swingbridge over the Waipoua River after some users reported problems with the decking timbers.
More than 1,300 responses were received as part of Masterton District Council’s community engagement on the future of its Town Hall, closed in 2016 after being found to be earthquake-prone.
A total ban on garden watering has been reintroduced for Masterton, with weather forecasts indicating this could stay in place for at least a week.
Masterton’s garden watering restriction has been eased to sprinklers on alternate days, after rain in ranges boosted flows in the Waingawa
Masterton gardeners are getting what is likely to be a brief respite from the total garden watering ban, after unexpected rain yesterday (Thursday) saw a rise in the level of the Waingawa River.
As a result, Masterton District Council (MDC) has eased the garden watering restriction to handheld hoses only.
Extremely low river levels in the Waingawa River have forced Masterton District Council (MDC) to introduce a total watering ban in Masterton until significant rain occurs, in line with restrictions throughout the region.
Masterton District Council (MDC) is planning to start installing around 9,000 water meters in Masterton residential properties in February, but meters will not be used to charge for water services until the 2021-22 financial year.
Ongoing dry conditions have forced a ban on sprinklers in Masterton, with garden watering limited to handheld hoses only until the level of the Waingawa River improves. Masterton District Council (MDC) is responding to flows in the river, the source of Masterton’s drinking water, falling below 1,300 litres per second.
Masterton District Council is congratulating teams working on two projects focused on Wairarapa’s water sustainability, following the announcement of more than $7 million of Central Government funding.
Kiwi reggae royalty Herbs will headline the biggest Waifest lineup ever put together, in Masterton on Waitangi Day (6 February).
Garden sprinkling will be limited to alternate days for Masterton residents from Sunday 1 December, as Masterton District Council (MDC) responds to a sustained period of dry weather.
A new simplified water restrictions system will make it easier for Masterton residents to understand how to conserve water this summer.
Users of the Wainuioru Rural Water Scheme have been reminded to boil their water before it is used for human consumption, after a sample tested positive for E.coli.
Masterton District Council is putting a ballot box on the road on Friday (11 October) to enable voters around the district to drop their votes in without having to go to the Council office.
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.
There’s been strong usage of Masterton’s new wheelie bin service in its first fortnight.
Masterton District Council has released details, including ballpark costs, of options for developing a civic centre.
A region-wide strategy addressing how to meet the wellbeing needs of the Wairarapa’s ageing community was launched this morning at an event at the Carterton Events Centre.
Statement from Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson:
The Masterton community will help decide the future of Masterton’s Town Hall in a formal consultation planned for later this year.
Masterton District Council has laid out its biggest challenges in a report to inform discussion ahead of the local government election in October.
Masterton District Council will prioritise a rejuvenation of Park Street after engagement with businesses across the town centre.
The Masterton District Council has today adopted its Annual Plan outlining key projects and activities for the 2019-20 year.
The Masterton District Council has launched a new campaign to boost voter turnout in October’s local body elections.
It is with profound sadness that Masterton District Council, the owner and operator of Hood Aerodrome, offers its condolences to the families and friends of those lost in the aircraft incident on Sunday 16th June.
The Masterton District Council will this year give 34 organisations a total of $189,500 through its Community Wellbeing Fund.
Hood Aerodrome, owned and operated by Masterton District Council, is supporting police and emergency services following an aircraft incident near Masterton this morning.
Casual swimming will be temporarily unavailable at Masterton’s Trust House Recreation Centre as maintenance work continues on the complex.
Masterton District Council will decide on the next steps for the Town Centre Revamp project later this month as final developed designs are received.
A collaboration between Masterton’s community groups and the Masterton District Council is helping keep families warm while also increasing funding for charitable projects.
Masterton’s northern entrance will be colourful once again with a fresh and modern garden bed design set to be planted later this month.
Masterton District Council has awarded its Road Maintenance Contract to Higgins Contractors Limited. The contract, worth $33.8 million over five years, is due to start on 1 July 2019.
Masterton District Council has agreed to sell 30.78 hectares of land on the north-east edge of town.The land, bordering Gordon St and Kitchener St, commonly known as the Williams Block, has been purchased by Westwood Property Group Ltd for $2.4 million.
Masterton District Council has awarded its Road Maintenance Contract to Higgins Contractors Limited.
More people with a wider range of disabilities will be able to enjoy the swimming pools at the Trust House Recreation Centre thanks to a new mobile lifting hoist.
An engineering assessment of the Masterton Library building has found parts of the building need strengthening to bring it up to building standards.
A new PVC liner is being installed in the outdoor lido swimming pool at the Trust House Recreation Centre.
Submissions are being invited on a proposed review of combined Wairarapa district-wide bylaws.
Charges at Masterton District Council’s Nursery Road Transfer Station will increase slightly from today.
The final stage in a significant rejuvenation of a Masterton icon will kick off next week.
Masterton District Council is giving people the opportunity to get a better understanding of what happens to the town’s effluent with an open day at the Homebush Wastewater Treatment Plant on Saturday 23 March.
Toxic algae in the Waingawa and Otaki rivers are at extreme levels of more than 50% riverbed cover. Detached mats of dried algae are widespread along the river margins. Mats have also been found in the Waikanae River at Jim Cooke Park.
Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson has welcomed the Coalition Government’s decision to include Masterton as one of five new refugee resettlement locations.
Masterton residents are being asked to give their opinion on the district’s best bits as the District Council looks to invest in a revamp of the gateways into town.