Council Strategies

Council has adopted a number of strategies to help guide decision-making and set strategic goals for the growth and development of the town in line with the relevant legislation. 

He Hiringa Tangata, He Hiringa Whenua


He Hiringa Tangata, He Hiringa Whenua is the first strategy that MDC has developed that has a specific focus on our people. It sets out the long-term strategic direction for the Masterton/Whakaoriori district across four development areas: social, cultural, environmental, and economic. For each of the four development areas a framework has been created for the work we do to ensure we are focusing on the right things for our community.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy


The revised ACH Strategy 2019-24 reflects priorities that are important to our iwi and community in terms of strengthening the identity of the Masterton District, supporting communities to identify and lead exciting ACH projects, and facilitating opportunities for the community to connect, perform, create, learn, and express.

Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy


Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy [WEDS] was developed to maintain momentum in the region’s economy and plan for a future which allows for growth.

Masterton Cycling Strategy 2017 (PDF, 4MB) 


Masterton District Council supports cycling, and to that end has had a Cycling Strategy since 2009. This year, it has reviewed its strategy, and published a new Cycling Strategy 2017. Cycling strategies are important because a wide range of different types of actions, working together, are necessary in order for cycling in Masterton to be attractive and safe.