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Carterton District Council
Meeting Schedule

The following meetings will be held at Carterton Event Centre, Hurunui o Rangi room, 50 Holloway Street, Carterton.
Monday 20th February 2017 1.00pm Extraordinary Council Meeting – to consider submissions and make a decision on the Council’s Easter Trading Policy.
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 1.00pm Ordinary Council Meeting
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings. A public forum is provided for at the start of the Ordinary Council Meeting. Members of the public who wish to participate in this public forum must register their intention with Hayley Burgess, on 06 379 4034.
Agendas will be available for public inspection two days prior to the meeting and will be available at the Council’s Main Office Building, the Carterton Library and on Councils website www.cdc.govt.nz

Meeting Schedule
The following meetings will be held at Carterton Event Centre, Hurunui o Rangi room, 50 Holloway Street, Carterton.
Wednesday 15th March 2017 9.30am Infrastructure and Services Committee Meeting
Wednesday 15th March 2017 1.00pm Policy and Strategy Committee Meeting
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 9.30am Audit and Risk Committee Meeting
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings. A public forum is provided for at the start of the Meetings. Members of the public who wish to participate in this public forum must register their intention with Hayley Burgess, on 06 379 4034.
Agendas will be available for public inspection two days prior to the meeting and will be available at the Council’s Main Office Building, the Carterton Library and on Councils website www.cdc.govt.nz


Emergency Preparedness Community Meeting
All are welcome at a community meeting to help Carterton get prepared for a disaster by connecting with others, developing an emergency response plan, and building community resilience.


Water Restrictions and Fire Restrictions

Bird Park Community Survey

Early in 2016 Carterton District Council purchased two adjoining properties on Frederick and Charles Streets to create a local neighbourhood park in the southern part of town. As part of the community engagement process we are seeking feedback from the community and in particular the residents in the southern part of Carterton and in the immediate vicinity of the park.
Please click here for more information and to complete the survey

Carterton Digital Business Expo
Are you are Carterton business needing a bit of extra help with your digital technology?
Make sure you get along to the Carterton Digital Business Expo on Wednesday 8th February.


Easter Trading Policy Submissions – Have Your Say.
Carterton District Council welcomes submissions from the community regarding the proposed local Easter Trading policy.
Please Click here for information and to have your say.


2016 / 2017 Meeting Schedule
Meetings of the Carterton District Council and Committees through to the end of 2017 are set out in the following schedule. All meetings will be held in the Hurunui o Rangi Room, Carterton Events Centre, Holloway Street, Carterton:

Members of the public are invited to attend any of these meetings. At the start of ordinary meetings of Council, a period is available for the public to address elected members. Contact Hayley Burgess on 06 379 4034 if you would like to address Council. Agendas are available two days prior to each meeting at the Council Office and Library, or can be viewed here.


The Carterton District Council invites applications from rangatahi Māori for the 2017 Tuia Leadership Programme.

This year long programme aims to enhance the way in which rangatahi contribute to communities through the development of a mentoring relationship with local Mayors, and the support of a rangatahi network throughout the country.

If you live in Carterton, are aged 18 – 25 years, and are actively involved in contributing to the community, we would love to hear from you!

For more information:

  • Download the 2017 Tuia Prospectus here
  • Download the Application Form here
  • Contact Gerry Brooking, Community Development Coordinator: gerry@cdc.govt.nz / 379 4083 / 027 865 4007.

Applications close Friday 27th January 2017.


Should shops be open for business on Easter Sunday within the Carterton District?
This is an initial survey to gauge the views of our community. Your feedback will be used to help inform councillors when deciding whether to draft a policy or retain the status quo. If councillors do decide to develop a policy allowing shops to open on Easter Sunday, there will be a formal consultation process with the community.

The last day to complete this survey is Friday 2nd December 2016.
Click here to take the survey

Council Meetings
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WREMO Status Report – Wairarapa

The Wairarapa Emergency Operations Centre has assessed the Wairarapa impacts of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake centred 53kms N/NE of Amberley that occurred last night, 12.04pm, 14 November 2016.
A Tsunami Warning  for beach and marine threat is in place.  Coastal communities are being advised to stay away from the beach and tidal zones for 24 hours. http://www.getprepared.org.nz/tsunami-evacuation-zones
There is a Strong Wind Warning and Heavy Rain Warning in effect for parts of the Wellington Region tonight and tomorrow.  Tararua Ranges are expected to receive 80-120mm of rain from 4pm Tuesday, with a peak intensity 20mm/hr between 3am and midday Tuesday. http://www.metservice.com/national/home
Due to the current wet ground conditions and the recent shakes land slips are likely across the Wairarapa.
As the ground is already saturated rivers and streams will rise quickly.  Rural and urban residents need to be mindful of potential risks to their own property and prepare accordingly.
As consequence of the recent earthquake:
·         There are no reports of injuries, significant building damage or infrastructure damage as a consequence of the earthquake.
·         There are no impacts on public drinking water and wastewater supplies.
·         Power is functioning across the region, with pockets of power outages in Greytown, Featherston and Carterton.  Some remote communities are using temporary emergency systems.
·         Building checks are ongoing today.
·         Public transport services have been suspended across the region. For service updates check: https://www.metlink.org.nz/
·         Public are being advised to stay out of the Wellington CBD.
For further updates go to: http://www.getprepared.org.nz/

Rural Road Spring Clean 2016

With efforts to help clean up our Carterton District rural roadside, the council have created the “Rural Road Spring Clean” campaign. Fliers will be distributed to Rural delivery mailboxes this week informing rural households how they can do their bit.
Council has supplied one rubbish bag to each of these Rural Delivery mailboxes, however, if any more are required they can be picked up from the council offices on Holloway St.
Rubbish Drop off locations are listed on the flier and will be picked up by council operations team  from 11am on Monday 21st November .


Lighting fireworks
You can light fireworks only on private property, in a safe and considerate manner.
Fireworks are not allowed in public places unless the council has given prior approval.
Some simple tips to follow:
·       Do not light fireworks in windy or dry conditions.
·       Follow handling instructions carefully.
·       Have access to water or fire extinguishers handy when you light fireworks.
·       Do not point at any person, property or vegetation.
·       Always have an adult present.
·       Avoid using fireworks late into the evening and be considerate of your neighbours.
·       Keep pets inside or move animals to avoid stress.
·       As a courtesy, try to let your neighbours know in advance.

If you experience excessive and unreasonable noise from fireworks after 11.00pm, call Noise Control on 0800 766 700 for assistance.

New Zealand Citizenship Ceremony
On Thursday 27th October Carterton District Council Mayor John Booth led the New Zealand Citizenship ceremony which was held in the Te Mahau Foyer at the Carterton Events Centre.
Hurunui o Rangi Marae supported by Akonga Maori at Carterton School welcomed the new citizens with a heartfelt powhiri.
After each citizen read their Affirmation of Allegiance, they were presented with their Citizenship Certificate and a Harakeke plant.

Carterton District Council would like to congratulate the following residents on becoming New Zealand Citizens:
Anna Bergstrom
Karen Chalmers
Rebecca Clark
Kirsten Earnshaw
Andrew Earnshaw
Anne Jackson
Neil Jackson
Hannah Kennish
Alison Norris-Baber
Mavis Saxton
Josephine Stanbury
Lucia Zanmonti


Inaugural meeting of the Carterton District Council and election of Deputy Mayor
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Newly elected members were officially welcomed today at the inaugural meeting of Carterton District Council which was preceded with a moving powhiri from Hurunui o Rangi Marae and Akonga Maori Carterton School.
Chief Executive Jane Davis officially opened the meeting at the Carterton Events Centre with declarations of the Mayor and councillors following.
Councillor Russell Keys was elected as Deputy Mayor, whom was unopposed in the nominations.
Carterton District Council Staff welcome the new council and look forward to working with them during this term.

Carterton District Council
John Booth (Mayor)
Russell Keys (Deputy Mayor)
Michael Ashby
Ruth Carter
Brian Deller
Jill Greathead
Russell Keys
Greg Lang
Tracey O’Callaghan
Rebecca Vergunst


Welcome to Carterton Christmas Celebration
The Carterton District Council invites new residents to meet with others that have recently moved to the Carterton region.

Apply early for summer event special licences

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Carterton District Council 2016 Triennial  Elections – Declaration of Result
Results here



The Creative Communities Scheme is a relationship between Creative NZ and the Carterton District Council to support a wide range of community arts projects including: Craft/Object arts, Dance, Interarts, Literature, Ngā Toi Māori, Multidisciplinary artforms, Music, Pacific arts, Theatre and Visual arts.
The Carterton District Council administers two funding rounds each financial year:

  •  Round 1 closes 4th November 2016
  •  Round 2 closes 28th April 2017

More information and application forms are available from:

Retiring Councillors acknowledged

On Wednesday 5th October retiring Carterton District councillors, Deputy Mayor Elaine Brazendale and Cr Bill Knowles attended their last ordinary council meeting after serving for 21 years and 15 years respectively.

It was business as usual throughout the council meeting with both councillors contributing their valued opinions on community matters; the helm was then handed over to present their Valedictory Speeches.

Cr Bill Knowles reflected on this time with Carterton council with good humour and anecdotal flair. Bills forte whilst on council was roading, foot paths and Sparks Park. He acknowledged the great working relationship he had formed with the council operation crews. Bill spoke of his most memorable achievements as councilor, and which he was most proud of; “The roundabout at Memorial Square and what we have finally achieved with our footpaths.” Bill noted that although he will no longer be on council he will still continue with his commitment to Foodbank, Keep Carterton Beautiful and the development of Sparks Park.

Cr Elaine Brazendale was first elected to council in 1995 after a transition from the Hospital Board. To Elaine the transition was positive, “District Council papers seemed a breeze after the reams of paper from Health Boards and being close to home much easier to understand.” During her time as a councillor she has had five very diverse mayors, four CEO's, worked with up to 20 councilors, seen the completion of the first District Plan, and developed the first Long Term Plan and Vision for Carterton. This Vision for Carterton also includes one of Elaine’s most memorable achievements, “in February 2011 one of the highlights of these years came when as chair of the CDCT we were able to make a donation of $200,000 towards the soon to be Events Centre.”

Parting gifts were presented to Bill and Elaine, exquisite photographs of Carterton Landscape, with engraved plaques recognising their duration and commitment to Carterton District Council.

Mayor John Booth summed up the council meeting with admiration for these two extraordinary individuals who will be missed within the council chambers.


Meeting Schedule Change of Date for September 2016 Council Meeting
The following meeting will now be held at GV Electrical and Pumping Ltd, Board Room, 148 - 152 Belvedere Road, Carterton.
Wednesday 5th October 2016 1.00pm Council meeting

For more information please view here

Carterton Holiday Programme

The Carterton District Council is excited to announce its free holiday programme being held at the Carterton Events Centre from 3rd – 7th October, 9 – 3pm.

Children can choose from a huge range of workshops including hula hooping, abseiling, sports, board games, inflatable obstacle course, storytelling, gardening, writing, drama, paper making, wood pallet crafts, web coding, 3D printing, cooking, movies, and painting.

The programme finale will be a disco party with DJ Brenny.

Morning tea of fruit and baking is provided.  Children will need to bring their own lunch – please make healthy choices with no chocolate, soft drinks or lollies.

Numbers are limited, so register now by contacting Gerry Brooking, Community Development Coordinator on 06 379 4083 / 027 865 4007 / gerry@cdc.govt.nz

Local Government Elections 2016
Candidate Profile Books are available to view here.

Ratepayer Electors
Do you live and vote in one council district, but also pay rates on a property in another district?  Then you may qualify to vote more than once at the local authority elections on 8 October 2016.  If you think you may be eligible to enrol as a non-resident ratepayer elector in that other district or to nominate a person for the ratepayer electoral roll, you can down load an Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors from here.

Nominations 2016

Candidates for Carterton District Council please view here

Candidates for Wairarapa District Health Board please view here

Pre-election Report
The Carterton District Council’s 2016 Pre-election Report is now available here

Annual Plan 2016/17
The Carterton District Council’s Annual Plan 2016/17 is now available here

Please click here to find out more about our local body elections
To check your enrolment details or to enrol go to www.elections.org.nz.

Lets Work Together to Get New Zealand Ready for the Local Elections
NZ Electoral Enrolment



Local Government Commission Release findings
Community feedback signals a Wairarapa District Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council as being the preferred option from those surveyed.  

For more information please view here

CentrePort Invests at Waingawa regional hub.        

CentrePort has invested in a new regional hub in the Wairarapa. The Waingawa log hub, near Masterton, supports the fast growing and valuable forestry sector through a reliable and cost effective transport connection, ensuring exporters remain internationally competitive. More information please view here

Wairarapa hosts Economic Development Conference

Please find more information here

Citizenship Ceremony - Wednesday 22 June

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Passing of former Carterton Dirstrict Council Mayor,  Gary McPhee
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Charles Rooking Carter Awards
Please view 2016 recipients here

Community to review Waiohine River Floodplain Management Plan
This week people who live alongside the Waiohine River and in Greytown will be asked to give their view on a plan to protect their homes, business and land from problems caused by river flooding and erosion. Please view here

Wairarapa residents urged to get talking about Wellington
Wairarapa residents are being invited to get talking about their Capital City – how they find getting around and through it and what they love most about how Wellington looks, feels and functions. Click here to find out more

Carterton District Council Guidelines for UAV (drones) Over Council Reserves 
Due to the interest and increased use of UAV (drones)  Council has introduced guidelines for UAV (drones) over and within Council reserves. Please view here

Carterton Community Notice Board Requests

If you are a local organisation, club or group that have a notice you would like to share with the community on the electronic notice board located at Carrington Park Click here

Visiting Carterton

Planning on visiting the Carterton region or have family coming to visit and need somewhere to stay? The Carterton Holiday Park offers a park like setting with individual private sites. It is close to the shops, parks, swimming baths and the entrances to the Tararua ranges. The park offers 24 powered sites, numerous non-powered and tent sites. It also boasts 6 fully furnished, heated and carpeted self-contained units sleeping up to six people (bring your own bedding or hire from us) plus 4 budget cabins. The park also has well equipped communal facilities. Click here to find out more.....…..