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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

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.

Water restrictions lifted

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.

Water restriction eased to allow sprinkler use

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.

Closure of swingbridge

Masterton District Council has temporarily closed the swingbridge over the Waipoua River after some users reported problems with the decking timbers.

Town Hall survey results released

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.

Total watering ban lifted – for a few days

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.

Total watering ban in Masterton

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.

Water meter installation begins

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.

Dry spell forces sprinkler ban

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.

PGF investment a win for Wairarapa

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.

Water restrictions simplified

A new simplified water restrictions system will make it easier for Masterton residents to understand how to conserve water this summer.

MEDIA STATEMENT – Aircraft incident

Hood Aerodrome, owned and operated by Masterton District Council, is supporting police and emergency services following an aircraft incident near Masterton this morning.

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