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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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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.
Construction has begun on a new library facility for the Masterton community.
Masterton District Council is developing the Library Learning Centre – Te Puna Ako on the vacant site next to the library in Queen Street.
Masterton District Council has decided to procure its own roading services contract managed independently rather than pursuing a shared service across the three Wairarpa councils at this time.
The new year will bring a new look for parts of Masterton’s town centre as the project to revamp public spaces continues.
The three Wairarapa Mayors would like to acknowledge the gravity of the situation regarding the Taratahi Institute of Agriculture being placed into liquidation.
Masterton District Council is overhauling its parks and open spaces maintenance contract – moving to a collaborative model that leverages contractor expertise.
Lansdowne may become home to a mountain biking park with the Masterton District Council resolving to provide land within its recreation trail network.
Award-winning reggae band Three Houses Down have been secured as the headline act for Masterton District Council’s Waifest 2019.
The three Wairarapa Councils and waste management contractor Earthcare are encouraging residents to minimise waste these holidays and remember the two-recycling crate rule.
Masterton District Council has coordinated the demolition of an observation tower at Henley Lake following a fire overnight.
Work has commenced on the Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy following its launch on Monday 12th November.
Masterton District Council has engaged specialist project management company Xigo to oversee its $15.5 million civic centre project.
An award-winning programme that improves the well-being of young women will launch in the Wairarapa in 2019.
King Street will be transformed into a mini Latin America on Saturday as Masterton celebrates the launch of its town centre revamp.
Wairarapa has set itself an aspirational goal to offer the best of rural and urban living in a strategy for economic development unveiled this evening.
The Regional Economic Development Minister, Hon Shane Jones, will join key Wairarapa stakeholders in Masterton for the launch of the region’s new economic development strategy.
New research has found a large and infrequent flood is likely to have less impact on Masterton than previously thought.
Masterton residents are being asked to only use handheld hoses as the district’s rivers drop to low levels.
BelgraviaPRO, a tourism and holiday parks management company, is set to manage Mawley Holiday Park in Masterton from 1 November 2018.
Yesterday (Thursday) Masterton District Council (MDC) was made aware of a controlled burn of Pampas Grass (a noxious weed) on the island at Henley Lake.
Residents across the Wairarapa are now able to dispose of electronic waste free of charge at transfer stations.
Castlepoint has been named a finalist in the annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful awards – confirming its position as a favourite spot among Kiwis.
Changes are afoot for Masterton’s town centre following Masterton District Council’s adoption of its Town Centre Strategy.
Masterton District Council is firming up options for the district’s future civic centre development.
Masterton residents will be encouraged to do their bit for the environment this summer…
Masterton District Council has adopted its Long-Term Plan for 2018-28.
Masterton supermarkets will turn their backs on single-use plastic bags at the checkout next Friday as part of an initiative with Masterton District Council.
Masterton District Council has become one of New Zealand’s first local governments to achieve an internationally-recognised emissions reduction certification.
Masterton District Council has appointed Kath Ross as its new Chief Executive, effective from August 2018.
The Masterton community is being urged to have its say on the future of the town’s two iconic lakes, which were key to it being named New Zealand’s most beautiful city.
The Masterton community is being asked to help shape the future of the district with consultation on key spending opening on Thursday.