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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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Cycle Trail stage one opening - 1 November

October 16

Saturday 1 November is a big day for both Southland District Council and Northern Southland residents – the first stage of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail will be opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.

Festivities kick off at 12noon at the Lumsden Railway Station with barbecues and other kinds of food available. Lots of stalls and activities will be on site around the railway station.

At 1.30pm the opening ceremony will start, with Mr English leading a group of cyclists in from all five communities on the first stage of the trail in to the station carpark.

Mayor Gary Tong, ward Councillor John Douglas, Lumsden CDA chair Rob Scott and Mr English will speak before Mr English cuts the ribbon to open the trail stage.

A commemorative certificate will be available and generous businesses within the community have donated goods and vouchers as giveaways and prizes for the activities and chocolate wheel.

Come and have fun and celebrate the opening of the first stage of Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

Northern Southland College (external link)

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail (external link)


Cycle Trail stage one opening - 1 November


Southland District Road Works & Closures

28 October


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

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. 

Road Works

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

Ohai-Clifden Highway – between the Twinlaw Road and Scotts Gap Feldwick Road intersection has now re-opened. Repair work to a recent slip is near completion with seal reinstatement estimated in 2–3 weeks (weather dependant). Please take care while travelling through the site as workers are still on site and a temporary speed restriction is in place.

Roadside Drainage Improvements

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

  • Lochiel Branxholme Rd
  • Winton Substation Rd
  • Shand Road
  • Otautau Tuatapere Rd
  • Otautau Drummond Rd
  • Hundred Line Rd
  • Gropers Bush Thornbury 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. Temporary warning signs are in place.

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