Te Anau

By-Election to be held in Mararoa Waimea Ward

The Southland District Council will hold a by-election for an extraordinary vacancy in the Mararoa Waimea ward, following the resignation of Councillor Alistair Jukes.

Nominations are open from 24 November until noon on Monday 22 December.

Nominations can be lodged at the Council offices at:

15 Forth Street, Invercargill

18 Diana Street, Lumsden

116 Town Centre, Te Anau


Emailed to: candidates@southlanddc.govt.nz

Nominations must be accompanied by a deposit of $200.

To download a nomination paper, click here [DOCX, 113 KB].

To download an information pack for candidates, click here [DOCX, 7.2 MB].

By-Election to be held in Mararoa Waimea Ward

cycle trail

Around the Mountains Stage Two Hearing

Submissions have closed on resource consent applications for the second stage of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, with a hearing before an independent commissioner set to take place in early 2015.

208 submissions were received on the proposal between 4 October and 3 November. Southland District Council Resource Management Planner Marcus Roy said 79 submissions were in support of the proposal, 4 were neutral and 125 were in opposition. There were also 18 late submissions: 4 were in support of the proposal, 1 was neutral, and 13 were in opposition.

The Southland District Council is seeking peer reviews of Landscape and Market Demand/Economic Impact Reports from suitably qualified experts, as some of the submissions raised concerns with the findings of these two reports, Mr Roy said.

The hearing is expected to take place in the first week of February 2015. It is likely to be heard over four days and will take place at the Southland District Council’s Invercargill office.

Around 30 kilometres of proposed trail near the Upper Oreti River and Centre Hill Road needs resource consents from Environment Southland and the Southland District Council. Consent was initially sought in 2012 but a commissioner declined a portion of the application, due to concerns around river works and their impact on the ecology, river and amenities of the area.

The new resource consent application includes two significant changes: a new lower and longer bridge over a section of the Oreti River, designed to have a lesser impact visually and on the river and surroundings; and a change to the proposed path the trail would take. Proposed groynes have also been removed from the consent application.

The first stage of the cycle trail was officially opened on November 1 this year.


 For further information please contact:

Marcus Roy

Resource Management Planner

Southland District Council

Ph (0800) 732 732 

Around the Mountains Stage Two Hearing


Southland District Road Works & Closures

25 November


Rankin Road (South) -  from the intersection of Rankin Road and Englefield Road will be closed from approximately 1 December 2014 while bridge replacement works are undertaken. This work is expected to take around two weeks to complete. 

Walker Road, Woodlands - between Waihopai Downs Rd and Fleming Rd - is closed until further notice due to a collapsed culvert where the roadway has now significantly undermined. Likely to reopen late January 2015 at the completion of remediation works. 

Road Works:

Ellis Road Rehabilitation – Works are underway on the site. Temporary traffic management with speed limit restrictions are in place.

Otautau Tuatapere Road Rehabilitation – between Lower Scotts Gap Road and Gill Road – Works are underway on the site. Temporary traffic management with speed limit restrictions are in place.

Lawson Road, Awarua – Temporary traffic management with speed limit restrictions are in place while road repairs are undertaken.

Tokanui Gorge Road Highway – 200m west of Tokanui Haldane Road - temporary traffic management with speed limit restrictions are in place while culvert repairs are underway.

Roadside Drainage Improvements:

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

  • Lochiel Branxholme Rd
  • Riverton Otautau Road
  • Taramoa Road
  • Otapiri Gorge Road
  • Wyndham Letterbox Road

Southland District Road Works & Closures


Visit Our Libraries

Council has eight main libraries and a mobile book bus, and membership is free to all Southland District residents.

You can borrow a book several different ways:

Southland District libraries have material in a variety of formats, including large print, audio, dvd, e-books and e-audiobooks.  Most items are loaned free of charge although a small charge is placed on services such as reserves and interloans, and to borrow dvds.

Our branches offer free wi-fi access and computer use.

As a member of Southland District Libraries you may download e-books and e-audiobooks at no charge here (external link)

Visit Our Libraries