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Adults present certificates to teens

Mayor endorses local teen's national ambassador role

Ashburton teenager Charlotte Livingstone has become one of two new New Zealand ambassadors to advocate and raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Chief Executive Hamish Riach

CE Hamish Riach: On guard for emergencies

Auckland’s flooding nightmare continues to dominate the news and here in the Ashburton District we can sympathise with people and authorities in our biggest city as they get to grips with the clean-up ahead of them.

Ashburton opens donations for Auckland flood relief

Mayor Neil Brown is encouraging people to be generous as Ashburton District Council establishes an Auckland Flooding Relief fund for those impacted by the catastrophic rain event in the Auckland region over the past week.

Young men playing rugby

Community grants available: Your project may be eligible

Readers once braved frostbite when they visited the small Mt Somers community library, now a new heat pump makes the building toasty for both visitors and those who work there.

A disc golf hole

Council services over Waitangi weekend

There’s a lot going on in Ashburton over the long Waitangi weekend, including the annual Multi Cultural Bite at the Ashburton Domain on Waitangi Day, Monday 6 February.

Wastewater pump station

From C4LD: It’s time for new PM to rescue water reforms

From C4LD (Communities 4 Local Democracy/He Hapori mō te Manapori) - Councils representing more than a million New Zealanders are calling on the new Prime Minister to take a fresh look at a model for water reform that works.

Councillor Leen Braam

Cr Leen Braam: From Amsterdam to Ashburton

Late last year, after a five-year gap, Lianne and I were able to travel back to the Netherlands.

House under construction

Building consent figures continue to defy predicted slowdown

Economists continue to predict a downturn in the housing market, though the number of building consents being processed by the Ashburton District Council remains high.

Sealed pathway in Ashburton Domain

Services upgrade planned for Ashburton Domain kiosk

Regular users of the Ashburton Domain will see contractors in action in the coming weeks as they upgrade services to the kiosk in the picnic ground off Grigg Street.

Large meeting of people at marae

Council attends historic Arowhenua hui

Ashburton District Council attended an historic meeting of all five Councils in Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua’s takiwā (area) earlier this month. The nine representatives from Ashburton District included Councillors, Mayor Neil Brown and Council’s Chief Executive.

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Council Brief

A weekly roundup of our top news and important notices. Council Brief is published every Thursday in the Ashburton Courier, Ashburton Guardian and on this website.

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From the Mayor & CE

Council services over Waitangi weekend

There’s a lot going on in Ashburton over the long Waitangi weekend, including the annual Multi Cultural Bite at the Ashburton Domain on Waitangi Day, Monday 6 February.

MAYOR: Backing for our community

The beginning of the year is a logical time to shake out your thoughts a bit and re-assess your position on key issues … sometimes we discover new information or circumstances change, and we must adapt.

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Upcoming meetings

COMMITTEE: Road Safety Co-Ordinating

7 February 2023, 9.30 am

ADVISORY GROUP: Biodiversity

7 February 2023, 1.00 pm

Council - Activity Briefings

8 February 2023, 9.30 am

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

8 February 2023, 1.00 pm


15 February 2023, 1.00 am

Road Closures


from 31 Jan 9:42 to 8 Feb 18:00


from 9 Jan 6:00 to 31 Mar 18:00


from 9 Jan 6:00 to 6 Apr 18:00


from 16 Jan 6:00 to 17 Mar 18:00


from 18 Jan 6:00 to 28 Feb 18:00

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Ashburton District Council Events


Building a website/blog using WordPress for Teens

Ashburton Public Library

Do you want to learn how to make a website or an online blog? Are you aged between 13–18 years? We have the course for...

Digital Apps for Seniors

Ashburton Public Library

A 4-week course designed for over 65's to help make better use of phone apps and feeling confident when using them.Week 1 - Google Maps:...

RealME & My MSD Class

Ashburton Public Library

In this 2 hour session you will learn the following:Create a RealME & My MSD accountManaging you informationInforming WINZ of your job searchCompleteing a self-assessment

Painted artwork by Robin Arnst

In the Round | Robin Arnst

Ashburton Art Gallery

In this exhibition, local artist Robin Arnst has employed the circle as a motif, both as a method to structure the work, and as an...

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What's On

With so many events, festivals and markets, you're never short of something to do around Mid Canterbury!

Alerts & advisories

Notice of 2022 Triennial Local Authority Elections

Official notice of the 2022 Triennial Local Authority Elections

Website Maintenance Ahead!

Some of our online EServices will be down for scheduled maintenance Saturday 26 March 2022 from 7am till 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kettle boiling water

UPDATE: Precautionary boil water notice lifted for Methven

UPDATE 18 February: Methven’s boil water notice has been lifted.

Montalto residents reminded to boil water, E.Coli detected

Residents connected to the Montalto water supply are being reminded to boil their drinking water before use, after the Council detected E.coli in the supply today.

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Project News

Ashburton civic square and garden

Contract awarded for Baring Square East refresh

Baring Square East Upgrade

A $2.45 million contract to redevelop Baring Square East has been awarded to Tru-Line Civil, the same contractor who worked on the revitalisation of Ashburton’s CBD.

Trench for wastewater pipe

Good progress continues on wastewater project

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Farm Road, between Middle Road and Racecourse Road, will be closed for 12 days from Wednesday 2 November as contractors move early into the next stage of the North West Ashburton wastewater project.

Road with restricted speed sign

Good progress on NW Ashburton wastewater project

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Contractors working on the $3.285 million North West Ashburton wastewater project are ahead of schedule and have moved from Allens Road to Carters Road.

View of urban road

Wastewater project extends network into north-west Ashburton

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Work begins this week on a nine-month project to expand Ashburton’s wastewater pipe network into the north-west part of town.

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Portal used for advertising tenders and other commissioning requirements to the market. All processes through to contract award stage are manage in Tenderlink.

Facilities News

Preparing art gallery for exhibition

Gallery prepares for ASA annual exhibition and visitors


The Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum is preparing for one of its busiest times of the year, when it hosts the Ashburton Society of Arts' annual exhibition.

person reading a book by a fire

Winter reading challenge for Ashburton library users


Winter, with its cooler days and long nights, is the perfect time to cosy up with a good book. So why not tackle that want-to-read list, step out of your genre comfort zone or try a new author?

Origami peace cranes

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum: Help us make 1000 origami peace cranes


Everyone who visits the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum over the next few weeks will be invited to make an origami crane for peace.

Sports facility

EANC survey to help shape future services

EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre has launched a survey to collect people’s thoughts on the facility and look at how it might serve the needs of the community in the future.

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Live consultations

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Closed consultations

Draft Alfresco Dining Policy

From September 23, 2022 to October 23 2022

Draft Interim Speed Management Plan

From September 12, 2022 to October 16 2022

Draft Stormwater Bylaw 2022

From August 18, 2022 to September 18 2022

Draft Ashburton Airport Development Plan

From July 29, 2022 to August 30 2022

Draft Waste Minimisation and Management Plan

From May 23, 2022 to June 23 2022

Draft Trading in Public Places Bylaw

From May 23, 2022 to June 23 2022

Draft Play, Active Recreation and Sport Strategy

From April 21, 2022 to May 22 2022

Draft Annual Plan 2022-23

From April 7, 2022 to May 6 2022

Property Leases and Licences Policy - Stage 1

From November 5, 2021 to December 5 2021

Parking in our district

From September 8, 2021 to October 6 2021

Future of Grove Street Park

From August 6, 2021 to September 7 2021

Excited Puppy on leash

Draft Dog Control Bylaw & Policy

From June 11, 2021 to July 11 2021

Coins & Bar Graphs

Rates Remission Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

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