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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


Share your views on dog control in Southland

We want to know your views on dog control in the Southland District.

Southland District Council wants your views to help shape new dog control rules for the District.

To share what you think complete this survey (external link)

Key issues in the survey include:

  • Should registration fees be lower for responsible owners, and de-sexed dogs?
  • Should dog owners need a permit to keep multiple dogs?
  • Should Council visit every property in the District every few years, including for the purpose of identifying and managing higher-risk properties?
  • Do any local dog rules need to be changed?

Find out more about this survey and why council is reviewing the policy here

Share your views on dog control in Southland

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 former Councillor Alistair Jukes. 

The by-election will be held on 17 February 2015.


The nominees for the by-election are the following:

Name of nominee Location Nominated by
John Hardcastle  Te Anau

Glenda Bell
Stephen McAlister
Ileana Taylor
Alister MacGregor

Ebel (Abel) Kremer Te Anau

Alistair Paton-McDonald
Christopher Carran
Graham Deaker

Jan Ludemann Te Anau

George Cockburn
George Batchelor
Heather Urquhart
Margaret Campbell

Shirley Mouat Manapouri

Lloyd Matheson
John Robson
Alister Burgess

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

Download the profile statements of the candidates here [PDF, 458 KB].


Voting documents will be posted out to all electors whose names appear on the final electoral roll for the Mararoa Waimea Ward by-election. Delivery by New Zealand Post will commence Monday 26 January 2015, and all electors should have received their voting documents by Saturday 31 January 2015 at the latest.

Each elector, after receiving their voting document, should complete it, seal it in the return, postage paid envelope and post.

If posting completed voting documents back, electors should ensure they are posted in time to guarantee delivery to the electoral officer at the address stated on the freepost envelope before the close of voting (12.00 noon, Tuesday, 17 February 2015).  Postal delivery times vary between city and rural delivery.

If hand delivered, completed voting documents can be lodged at the Southland District Council, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill during normal business hours.

Note: Processing of votes will take place at an processing Centre (probably in Christchurch). 

Ratepayer electors

Voters who own property within the Mararoa Waimea Ward, but who usually live outside this area, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll.

To go on the ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer - a form will be sent to complete, sign and return so that your eligibility can be checked.

Download an application form for ratepayer elector here [PDF, 270 KB].

Applicants should contact the Electoral Officer on 0800732732 before submitting an application.

Special Voting

Special votes are available to electors:

•           Whose names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify as electors;

•           Who did not receive the voting document posted to them;

•           Who spoil or damage the voting document posted to them;

•           Whose name appears on the unpublished electoral roll.

Special votes will be available during normal business hours from Monday, 26 January 2015  to 12.00 noon, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 at the Southland District Council office, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill.

If an elector requests a special vote and is not on the parliamentary roll (eg just turned 18 years of age), the person must enrol by 12 Noon on Monday, 16 February 2015 (the day before the close of voting).  An application for registration as a parliamentary elector may be obtained:

•           from any Post Shop; or

•           by telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367656); or

•           by accessing the Electoral Commission website on;or (external link)

By-Election to be held in Mararoa Waimea Ward


Repairs & works in Southland District

Southland District Council is responsible for public water and waste infrastructure in the Southland District.

This means Council will be required to undertake repairs and maintenance work from time to time. View emergency & planned works here

Council is also responsible for managing nearly 5000km of roads throughout Southland. This means road works to repair and maintain our roads. View current road works & closures here



Repairs & works in Southland District