Latest News & Info

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Coastal area by beach

DOC decision on Ashton Beach disappoints Council

The Council has expressed disappointment at a Department of Conservation decision that will scuttle plans to provide a designated recreational motorbike park at Ashton Beach - but it still hopes to work with parties to find a way to improve the area.

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Group Manager Jane Donaldson: Responsible dog owners register their pets

The annual dog report was before Council this week and it was pleasing to see a good drop in the number of dogs impounded.

Work on railway line

Waka Kotahi advisory: A reminder about planned closure of Walnut Avenue

Waka Kotahi is now able to confirm that it will be closing Walnut Avenue between West and East Streets to traffic for seven weeks from Tuesday 27 September.

Voting papers in letterbox

Have your voting papers arrived?

Ashburton District residents have been receiving their voting papers in the post this week for the local elections, but if yours haven’t arrived then it’s still possible to have your say.

Council services on Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

The public holiday on Monday 26 September for New Zealanders to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will see temporary changes to some Council services and facilities.

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New Methven reservoir ready as $9.6m water upgrade progresses

The filling of the first of Methven’s new drinking water reservoirs on Wednesday (21 September) marks a milestone in major work to upgrade the town’s water supply.

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Check out our human books this Sunday

Twelve interesting people who call Ashburton home will share special stories about their lives as part of the Ashburton Public Library’s human book event on Sunday 25 September.

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From the Mayor & CE

CE Hamish Riach: Officially marking the end of an era

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of an era for the Commonwealth, as we will surely not see another monarch reign for 70 years or more.

MAYOR: Standing the test of time

The last day of June marks the end of Council’s financial year and a 12-month period that has been challenging, uncertain and rewarding all at the same time.

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Council Brief

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Upcoming meetings


29 September 2022, 9.00 am

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

28 September 2022, 1.30 pm

Council - Activity Briefings

28 September 2022, 9.30 am


21 September 2022, 1.00 pm


14 September 2022, 1.00 pm

Road Closures


from 16 Jun 6:00 to 30 Sep 20:00


from 12 Jul 13:00 to 14 Jul 18:00


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from 12 Jul 13:00 to 14 Jul 18:00


from 5 Sep 5:00 to 25 Nov 19:00

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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.

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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

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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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New NW Ashburton wastewater project out for tender

2022 News

A project to provide a wastewater pipe network in north-west Ashburton area is currently out for tender and the work, when completed, will enable more residential development in the area.

New Library and Civic Centre project facing delays and price pressure due to COVID, supply chain issues, inflation, and last year’s flood

Library & Civic Centre

Delays in the construction industry caused by global and national supply chain issues mean Ashburton District Council’s new Library and Civic Centre is unlikely to be completed until the second quarter of 2023. Its original completion date was the end of this year.

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

CBD update for week of 15 November 2021

CBD Revitalisation

The project’s end is fast approaching with 95+% of the work now complete and on track for the bulk of the project to be finished as planned by 22 November!

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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.

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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

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Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

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

Closed consultations

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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