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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Methven Springfield

Updated 3.50pm, Friday 9 December - The boil water notice for the Methven Springfield water supply has now been lifted.

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Mayor Neil Brown

MAYOR: Tapping into potential wins for our economy

We are barrelling along to Christmas and there is much to do in a short space of time, so it was a pleasure to share some Christmas cheer with students of Mt Somers Springburn School this week.

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Our holiday activities will keep your kids busy

School is almost out, but there are plenty of activities to keep young people busy over the holidays, including the annual Burty challenge involving the library, art gallery and museum, open spaces and EA Networks Centre.

New citizens and mayor

New citizens welcomed by Mayor Brown

Thirty-two new citizens will spend their first Christmas as Kiwis following a citizenship ceremony at the Ashburton Event Centre on Tuesday night.

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Teens: Boost your digital learning at the library

The Ashburton Public Library is asking teens to take a survey to gauge their interest in potential new courses like building mobile apps and using video-making software.

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Research project to share farming ideas on changing climate

How farming might adapt to a changing climate is the subject of a special presentation being hosted this month by the Ashburton District Council.

Councillor Carolyn Cameron

Cr Carolyn Cameron: Think local in the leadup to Christmas

How good to see the giant Christmas tree installed on East Street and ready for its big role in Light up the Night.

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Join us at the library for a craft and chatter session

The Ashburton Public Library has introduced a new activity that combines handicraft and socialising!

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Come on over to Tinwald pool, the water's warm

The Tinwald pool opens on Saturday, ready for another summer of outdoor swimming and water fun.

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New flying fox for Ashburton Domain

Council’s Open Spaces team is preparing a summer surprise in the Ashburton Domain – two new flying foxes that will run side-by-side.

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From the Mayor & CE

CE: Growing our district with a strong, diverse workforce

I’ve been enjoying hearing feedback from the annual Ashburton A&P Show, held without covid restrictions last weekend for the first time in several years.

MAYOR: Managing progress can be a delicate business

Good things take time – I remind myself of that line from the cheese advert from time to time.

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Council Brief

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Upcoming meetings


21 December 2022, 1.00 pm

BOARD: Hinds Reserve

13 December 2022, 7.00 pm

BOARD: Tinwald Reserve

12 December 2022, 5.30 pm

BOARD: Methven Community

12 December 2022, 10.30 am


7 December 2022, 1.00 pm

Road Closures


from 27 Sep 6:00 to 23 Nov 8:00


from 10 Oct 6:00 to 17 Dec 18:00


from 2 Nov 7:00 to 13 Nov 18:00


from 21 Nov 8:00 to 21 Dec 18:00


from 28 Nov 7:00 to 11 Dec 19:00

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Ashburton District Council Events

Book Club

Ashburton Public Library

Are you keen on reading and would like to meet others? Come along and share your 'good reads' and choose from a great selection of...

The Art of Gift Wrapping

Ashburton Public Library

Bring along your gifts and the wrapping materials you want to use and learn a new way to wrap your gifts!Thursday 15th and 22nd December(Some...

Craft & Chatter

Ashburton Public Library

Bring along your craft project, knitting or cross stitch and join others for a cuppa and chat while working on your projects. Share your own...

Youth Summer Reading Challenge

Ashburton Public Library

The Youth Summer Reading Challenge is back for ages 12-18. All you have to do is choose activities and complete them to earn points. Your...

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Closed consultations

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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