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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

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.

Bare beds behind us

Masterton’s northern entrance will be colourful once again with a fresh and modern garden bed design set to be planted later this month.

Council sells land for housing development

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.

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