Urgent Announcements

27 May - All roads affected by flooding are now open. However there is still surface flooding on some roads.

Get road conditions information here


What could Food Act changes mean for you?

Staff cafeterias, early childhood education centres, aged care homes, vegetable growers, clubs and B&Bs are among businesses that may have to make changes under new regulations.

More businesses will need to meet regulations under the new Food Act, including childcare centres and aged care homes.

New food laws are being implemented over three years and businesses will transition to the new types of approval in stages. Hundreds of businesses in Southland will need to meet regulations that vary based on the type of business and how they handle food.

Businesses that have a higher risk from a food safety point of view will operate under more stringent requirements and checks than lower-risk food businesses. Some people will need a food control plan, others will operate under a national programme.

People may be unsure of what changes they need to make and when. To address this three free workshops have been organised in Te Anau, Invercargill and Gore this month.

Staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries, Southland District Council, Gore District Council and Invercargill City Council will be taking questions and addressing concerns 

This is an opportunity to find out what your business needs to do, and ask about the type of regulation you will be using or anything you’re not sure about.

Find out what the changes could mean for you here (external link)

Food Act Workshops 

Te Anau

Tuesday 31 May, 10.30am - 12.30

Te Anau Club, Cnr Pop Andrew Drive & Jackson St


Monday 30 May, 1.30- 3.30pm

Victoria Room, First Floor, Civic Theatre, 88 Tay Street


Monday 30 May, 5.30-7.30pm

Lounge Room, James Cumming Wing, 10 Ardwick St

The workshops are free but please email here or call 0800 732 732 to RSVP

What could Food Act changes mean for you?


Southland District road closures

Road Closures & Latest Flooding Conditions

Friday 27 May, 11.30am

All roads affected by flooding this week are now open.

However Redan Rd (Wyndham) still has surface flooding and is only passable in 4WD.

Waghorn Rd has surface flooding at the start of the road – flooding signs are in place.

Road Works

Please keep a look out for these and take care when travelling through work sites. Below are some of the roads in the District which are currently subject to work.


Road Works & Restrictions

Dipton Flat Road, Dipton

This road is closed while works are being undertaken for approximately 4 weeks (starting 2 May). A detour is available via South Hillend Dipton Road, Dipton Bush Road and Riverside School Road. 

Colac Foreshore Road, Colac Bay

A section of this road has been temporarily closed to traffic for safety reasons due to continued damage from coastal erosion. Alternative access to the Colac Bay township is available via Colac Bay Rd, which runs off State Highway 99.

Chaslands Highway, Southern Scenic Route

The Chaslands Highway is open but traffic management, including a speed restriction, is in place. A 75 metre temporary road has been built after a section collapsed due to a massive slip.

Otara Haldane Road

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Tokanui Haldane Road

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Haldane Curio Bay Road 

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Slope Point Road

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Otautau Tuatapere Rd between Gill Rd & Merrivale Rd

A temporary speed restriction is in place. The speed limit has been reduced to 50km/hr for the winter period due to slippery road surface conditions. Road surface repairs will be carried out in summer 2016/17.

Southland District road closures

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Gypsy Day stock movements

Gypsy Day (June 1) is traditionally the day that farms change hands, and as a result we'll see stock being moved around the district over the next couple of weeks. Please take care and be patient when driving.

Below are some of the known Gypsy Day stock movements in Southland District. This is not a comprehensive list, and there may be other stock movements as well.

Roads include



Morton Mains-Gorge Rd
Seaward Downs
Fortrose-Otara Rd,
Gorge Road township



Friday 27 May, 8am to 4pm

Piano Flat

Riversdale Waikaia Rd
Piano Flat Rd


Friday 27 May from 9am (or if poor weather Sunday 30 from 9am)

Seaward Downs

Rimu Seaward Downs Rd
Seaward Downs–Matarua Island Rd
Titiroa Matarua Island Rd
Fleming Rd


Friday 27 May, 8.30am to 2pm
Sunday 29 May, 8.30am to 2pm

West Dome

Mossburn Lumsden Highway 94
Mossburn Five Rivers Highway
97 Gallagher Rd


Saturday 28 May approximately 9am (rain day Sunday 29)

Grove Bush

North Makarewa  Grove Bush Rd (Just west of Horman Rd)
Crossing SH6
North Makarewa Grove Bush Rd



Saturday 28 from 11am to 2pm


Chewings Rd
Mossburn-Wreys Bush Rd
Dyer Rd
Reid Macauley Rd
Bath Street
SH 94


Monday 30 May from 8am

Centre Bush/Otapiri

Centre Bush Otapiri Rd
Stirling Rd
Otapiri Gorge Rd

Wednesday 1 June,  8am to 2pm


Motu Rimu Rd
Welsh Rd
Longbush South Rd
Massey Tramway Rd
Clearwater Rd
Hanson Rd
Lawson Rd
Caesar Rd



Saturday 4 June, 8am to 2pm

Gypsy Day stock movements

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Share your views - Community Conversations

23 May - Southland District Council’s Community Conversations meetings in Lumsden and Riversdale tonight have been postponed because of flooding and the weather. A new date will be advised.


Southland District Council wants to talk to you about the future of Southland District.

Council wants to know what you think are the issues facing the District and what we can do together to manage them and continue to make Southland a great place to live, work and play.

Issues like declining population in our small towns, changing farming practices, managing our roads, water and sewerage schemes, the boom of tourism and the cyclical nature of that are things Council is thinking about, but we want to know what you are talking about as well.

We know you will want to talk about present day projects as well, such as the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail and the Te Anau wastewater disposal scheme, and we want to talk about some bylaws that need reviewing.

This is your chance to be part of the future of Southland District and we want to hear your ideas. Please take the time to come along and have your say.

Area Venue Date
Lumsden/Mossburn/Athol/Garston Lumsden Hall postponed
Riversdale/Balfour/Waikaia Riversdale Community Centre postponed
Rimu/Woodlands/Gorge Road/Mokotua Rimu School Hall 24 May, 5pm
Riverton/Colac Bay/Orepuki/Thornbury Riverton RSA 24 May, 7.30pm
Te Anau/Manapouri Te Anau Club 25 May, 6pm
Tuatapere/Otautau/Ohai/Nightcaps Waiau Hotel 26 May, 7pm
Tokanui/Fortrose/Waikawa Tokanui Hall 30 May, 5pm
Edendale/Wyndham Edendale Vintage Machinery Club 30 May, 7pm
Browns/Limehills/Hedgehope Browns Pub 31 May, 5.30pm
Winton/Wallacetown/Drummond Middle Pub 31 May, 7.30pm
Stewart Island/Rakiura Stewart Island Pavilion 13 June, 12pm
All of Southland District facebook.com/southlanddistrictcouncil (external link)  1 June, 5-7pm

Share your views - Community Conversations