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Council services on Anzac Day 2024

Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown will be among guest speakers at a civic service and wreath laying ceremony at the Ashburton Cenotaph, Baring Square West, on Anzac Day, Thursday 25 April.

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Lake Hood's new jumping platform is officially open

Lake Hood’s new jumping platform is open for business.

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Rural intersections improved with larger signs

Work to improve signage and visibility at 33 sealed rural intersections should be complete by the end of April.

Road safety promotion car

Car safety ratings: Know your stars

Thinking about buying a new car? You should check out the Decepta car that will be on display outside Te Whare Whakatere for a week from Monday 22 April.

Mayor Neil Brown

MAYOR: Your feedback helps shape the future

I often hear people say “Council never listens” but that is not the case.

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Community grant helps fund wildfire protection at Lake Clearwater

A community grant from the Ashburton District Council has helped pay for the installation of a sprinkler system fire break to protect the community at Lake Clearwater and the Hakatere Conservation Park.

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LTP: Creating a 30-year masterplan for EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre turns 10 years old next year, so it’s the right time to look at how the Council-owned sport and pool facility could be developed in the future.

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Working together on pathways to jobs and training

The Ashburton Leaning Centre is collaborating with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs to help young people and others facing employment barriers find training and job opportunities.

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Rain delays roundabout reseal

Rain has delayed final asphalting of the roundabout at the intersection of Moore Street, Chalmers Avenue and Beach Road.

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Safe Communities: Staying safe from scams and fraud

Safe Communities is presenting 90 minutes of essential information for those wanting to know more about scams and fraud in the Ashburton District.

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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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Public Notices

Current public notices can be found here.

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From the Mayor & CE

CE Hamish Riach: Jump in with your LTP feedback

I’ve been delighted to see an early and strong response to Council’s draft Long Term Plan, with hundreds of people engaged in person, online or over a sausage in the first week or so.

MAYOR: Let's put pedal to the metal on second bridge

There’s a lot going on in the transport space around the district right now, and Council is involved with many of the projects in some way, shape or form.

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Upcoming meetings


1 May 2024, 1.00 pm

Council - Activity Briefings

8 May 2024, 9.30 am

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

8 May 2024, 1.00 pm

BOARD: Methven Community

10 June 2024, 9.00 am

Road Closures


from 29 Apr 7:00 to 4 May 17:00


from 26 Apr 17:30 to 28 Apr 17:30


from 18 May 7:00 to 18 May 18:00


from 25 Apr 5:00 to 25 Apr 12:15


from 22 Apr 7:00 to 24 Apr 17:00

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The new Ashburton Library is open!

Explore everything that the new library, Te Kete Tuhinga, has to offer!

Ashburton District Council Events

Ashburton heritage collections online launch

Ashburton Museum

Join us in celebrating the official launch of our new online collections website at the Ashburton Museum & Historical Society’s upcoming bi-monthly meeting. Over 1000...

Save the Date - Glow in the Park 2024

Ashburton District Council

Save the Date!Glow Up Your Winter! Bring your family and join us for three magical nights of light, music, food and fun for all ages...

Body Butters

Ashburton Library

Looking for a Mother's Day gift idea? Or perhaps you want to pamper yourself? Join us in making some beautiful body butters!We only have 12...

A New Era: Ng King Bros. Chinese Market Garden Settlement

Ashburton Museum

Sixteen years ago the descendants of the men who founded the Ng King Bros. Chinese Market Garden expressed their desire to share their land and...

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Alerts & advisories

Further Notice of By-election for the Western Ward

The nomination period to fill the extraordinary vacancy for the Western Ward has now closed, with four candidates standing in the upcoming election.

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.

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Project News

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NW Ashburton wastewater extension project moves to final stage

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Contractors will return to Allens Road at the end of May to begin the final stage of the North West Ashburton wastewater extension project.

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Last pipes laid in NW Ashburton wastewater extension

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

The final pieces of pipe in the North West Ashburton wastewater extension were laid underground on Allens Road recently, but not before attracting a bit of attention because of their unusual shape.

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Wastewater project starts final phase in Allenton

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

A 500m stretch of Allens Road will be closed to traffic for 10 days, weather permitting, from Monday 23 January when contractors begin the final phase of the North West Ashburton wastewater extension project.

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.

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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

Library's new chapter preparing for big reveal


New Ashburton Library staff Jay and Ben can't wait to show their community all the cutting-edge library features when it opens to the public later this month.

New library under construction

Excitement builds for move to new library


There’s just over a week left to grab your holiday reads for the beach or bach, as staff at the library make final preparations for the big move to Te Whare Whakatere, the new library and civic centre.

Library staff

Library urges members to try eBooks and eAudio


Staff at the Ashburton Public Library are encouraging people to try out the growing range of eBooks, eAudio and digital resources as the facility prepares to close for three weeks to move into the new library and civic centre, Te Whare Whakatere.

Civic building under construction

Construction delays push back library relocation


Construction delays have pushed back the Ashburton Public Library’s move to the new library and civic centre, though about 120 non-library Council staff will still relocate as planned by the end of the year.

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Open for Feedback

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Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Draft Long Term Plan 2024-2034

From March 27, 2024 to April 28 2024

Recently Closed

Vocal about Local

From November 22, 2023 to December 17 2023

Draft Biodiversity Strategy

From October 25, 2023 to November 26 2023

Take 10 for our Future - Long Term Plan

From July 17, 2023 to August 13 2023

Love Your Parks

From June 6, 2023 to July 7 2023

Draft Economic Development Strategy

From May 22, 2023 to June 18 2023

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