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Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has honoured former Southland Mayor Frana Cardno with the Skills Organisation Outstanding Contribution to Local Government award in the inaugural LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards.

Mrs Cardno was one of New Zealand’s longest serving mayors, leading Southland District from 1992 to 2013, and is the longest serving female mayor the country has ever had.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says Mrs Cardno, formerly a member of LGNZ’s National Council, had an exceptionally strong commitment to her local community.

“A truly outstanding mayor, Mrs Cardno was always the champion for community boards and social issues. She was an excellent lobbyist who seemed to have open access to all ministerial officers,” Mr Yule says.

“The Southland community and wider local government sector benefitted hugely from Mrs Cardno’s work and her legacy continues to be appreciated within her community.”

Her commitment to local government and the community was recognised shortly after her retirement from more than two decades of service as mayor, when she was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government.

Mrs Cardno fought for equal access to libraries for everyone in Southland when she began her local government career. She was one of the leaders in the development of the Hump Ridge Track at Tuatapere which brought communities together as many volunteers pitched in and also was at the forefront of efforts to take a more collaborative approach amongst Southland councils. This led to the formation of the Shared Services Forum, where all southern councils collaborate.

After her 2013 retirement from local politics, Mrs Cardno stayed committed to local issues and was an active member of the Fiordland Conservation Trust and Save Fiordland.

Mrs Cardno was a strong champion for the involvement of women in local government. She was the first female councillor and then mayor in her district. She received a number of awards while in office, including the Jean Harris Award for the development and progress of women in society, the United Nations Certificate as an outstanding woman in local government. The Award, designed to recognise one or more individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to local government, was judged by LGNZ’s National Council.

Mrs Cardno said the award is a great honour and she is delighted.

“I have always been passionate about local government and grassroots democracy in New Zealand and I am proud to have played a role in its development, both at a local and a national level,” she said.

“It was a real honour and privilege being the mayor of Southland District and the support and friendship I received from the people of Southland have played a part in my commitment to the district.

“I am very proud to receive this award from Local Government New Zealand and I would like to thank everyone for this recognition,” Mrs Cardno said.


*This media release was provided by Local Government New Zealand

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Southland Open Spaces Strategy

Southland District is a place of incomparable beauty. Our land area makes up 11 percent of New Zealand’s total land area and our rugged coastline is one of Southland’s most treasured assets. Our wild places and open spaces are home to countless species of native flora and fauna.

The District has some of the most beautiful natural environment, landscapes and open space in the country. Southland District contains two national parks, Rakiura and Fiordland, the Catlins, rolling green pastureland and the rugged scenery of northern Southland. 

The Open Spaces Strategy is the document that will guide what happens in our parks and reserves for the next ten years and council wants to hear what you have to say about it, to make sure your open spaces are just the way you like them. 

Download our Draft Open Spaces Strategy here [PDF, 4 MB]

Give your feedback and ideas on how to improve parks & reserves in the Southland District here

Southland Open Spaces Strategy

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Council has made it even easier to pay your rates. You can now do this securely on our website with your credit card.

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Other Ways to Pay

The Southland District Council offers ratepayers a variety of options to pay their rates.

Credit Cards (Mastercard or Visa only)

You can use your Visa or Mastercard to pay your rates, either by going into Council offices or filling in the credit card details on the back of the instalment notice and sending it in to Council.

Automatic Payment

An automatic payment is where you instruct your bank to pay the Council a regular amount. You must include your billing number with these payments as without this Council has no way of knowing which property you are paying rates for and you may be charged penalties. If you have more than one property you must make one payment per property.

This saves you time and money because once it is set up, you don't have to physically pay your rates every three months and the costs of transactions are less.

If paying by automatic payment, please contact Council for an automatic payment form.

Direct Debit

A direct debit is where you give the Council authority to draw rates from your bank account when you want. This can be done annually, monthly and quarterly.

This makes sure all payments are made on time, Council pays the bank fees and you don't have to travel into town to make a payment. Council will adjust annually the amount required.

Telephone/Internet Banking

Telephone or internet banking gives you another option for paying your rates and are available through most banks. These services allow you to pay your rates whenever it suits and from anywhere in the country.

If paying by telephone banking, please contact Council for details to give to your bank. If paying by internet banking, please note that Southland District Council is a Bill Payee with all New Zealand banks. Please select the option: SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL - RATES and enter your billing numbers where indicated. If you have more than one property you must make one payment per property.

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Cheques may be sent or handed in to any Council office. Cash or eftpos will be accepted at the reception counter of any Council office. Payment by cheque must include your billing number.

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Southland District Road Works & Closures

20 August


Moores Reserve, Winton, remains closed as trees are being felled. It is expected this work will be completed by the end of the week.

The Ohai-Clifden Highway, between the Twinlaw Road and Scotts Gap Feldwick Road intersections is closed because of a slip – a detour is in place.

Walker Road, Woodlands, between Waihopai Downs Rd and Fleming Rd, is closed until further notice due to a collapsed culvert/bridge.

Road Works

Avondale Road Rehabilitation – Drainage construction works are being undertaken. Temporary traffic management is in place with temporary speed limits.

Roadside Drainage Improvements

Work is being undertaken at the following sites, with temporary traffic management and speed limits in place.

- Ballantyne Road
- Looney Road
- Caroline Valley Road

Slip Repairs

Golden Bay Road – Construction of the slip repair is complete however uneven road surface remains. Take care when travelling through the site.

Horseshoe Bay Road – Construction of the slip repair is complete however uneven road surface remains. Please take care when travelling through the site.

Thule Road – Construction of the slip repair is complete however uneven road surface remains. Please take care when travelling through the site. Temporary warning signs are in place.

Southland District Road Works & Closures