Vision To Be The Most Liveable District

Vision To Be The Most Liveable District

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Making South Taranaki the most liveable District in New Zealand is the vision behind the South Taranaki District Council’s (STDC’s) Proposed Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 Consultation Document, which was adopted for public feedback at Friday’s (16 March) special meeting.

South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop says the Council has identified a number of priorities to work towards achieving this aspirational vision, including building the new Centre for Heritage, Arts, Library, Culture and Information.

“Previously, the Council’s focus has been on upgrading our district’s water infrastructure, key community facilities and implementingprojects designed to make South Taranaki a desirable place to live and do business. We are now in the enviable position of having completed many of the costly upgrades that a lot of Councils’ are still facing,” says Mayor Dunlop.

“We now have a much improved and reliable water network and, since our last Long Term Plan three years ago, we have progressed the Hawera Town Centre redevelopment, District Pathways Programme, Opunake Beach Masterplan and the new regional landfill.Our focus for the next ten years is to complete these key projects, maintain our current assets and core services and improve our wastewater infrastructure,” he says.

“At the same time the Council is conscious of the need to keep rates affordable, so we are funding many of our key projects with existing reserves and earnings from the Council’s Long Term Investment Fund, rather than through rates,” says Dunlop.

“With an expected average total rate increase of 3.08% per year over the next ten years, we believe our proposed Long Term Plan strikes the right balance between progress, providing the services and facilities our communities expect and affordability, but now we want to know what our residents think,” he says.

A ‘Consultation Document’ will be delivered to South Taranaki households over a period of a week starting from 26 March. This Consultation Document covers the key issues and proposals in the 2018 - 2028 Long Term Plan, including the main projects and services the Council intends to carry out and the impact on rates over the next ten years.

“Keep an eye out in your mail box,call into any one of our LibraryPlus centres or visit our Council website. It’s not a big document but it is important, because we want to make the best decisions we can for the future of South Taranaki and your feedback will help us do that,” says Mayor Dunlop.

Public consultation on the Council’s proposed Long Term Plan starts on Monday 26 March and runs until Wednesday 2 May 2018.

By the Numbers

  • Over the next 10 years:
  • Projected Total Expenditure - $709m
  • Projected Total Revenue - $750m
  • Average total rates increase - 3.08% pa
  • Projected total debt - $132.7m
  • Projected value of Long Term Investment Fund - $163.5m

Key Projects

  • Build the new regional landfill, south of Eltham.
  • Complete the Hawera Town Centre Redevelopment
  • Design and build ‘CHALCI’ (Centre for Heritage, Arts, Library Culture and Information).
  • Complete the District Pathways Programme
  • Implement the Opunake Beach Management Plan
  • Develop a District Digital Strategy
  • Undertake a feasibility study for a district Industrial/BusinessPark
  • Upgrade our water and wastewater reticulation networks
  • Complete the Wai-inu Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Complete chlorination of the Patea, Waverley, Waverley Beach and Wai-inu water supplies
  • Find and develop a new water source for the (interconnected) Waimate West, Inaha and Kapuni water supplies.
  • Develop Town Centre Strategies for Eltham, Manaia, Opunake, Patea and Waverley
  • Earthquake strengthen the Hunter Shaw Building in Patea and Kaponga LibraryPlus.
  • Design and build a new ‘community facility’ in Manaia.
  • Upgrade the Manaia Swimming Pool
  • Upgrade the Patea LibraryPlus

How Can I have My Say?

Comments and suggestions can be sent to the Council by:

Completing the on-line submission form (click here).

Sending an email to

Completing the hard copy feedback form attached to the Consultation Document and posting it to us at Private Bag 902, Hawera or dropping it into any LibraryPlus or the Hawera Administration Building.

Phoning us on 278 0555 or toll free 0800 111 323 and we can fill out a submission form for you over the telephone

Public Meetings

Patea – Wednesday 4 April, 5:30pm, Patea Old Folks Hall on Egmont Street

Hawera – Thursday 5 April, 5:30pm, TSB Hub Western Lounge

Kaponga – Monday 9 April, 7:00pm, Kaponga Town Hall on Victoria Street

Manaia – Tuesday 10 April, 5:30pm, Robert Gibson Memorial Hall on Tauhuri Street

Eltham – Wednesday 11 April, 7:00pm, Taumata Recreation Centre on Preston Street

Opunake – Tuesday 17 April, 5:30pm, Sandfords Event Centre on Tasman Street

Waverley – Monday 23 April, 5:30pm, Waverley Community Centre

Morning ‘coffee’ Meetings

Manaia –Tuesday 3 April, 10:00am, Manaia LibraryPlus

Hawera – Friday 6 April, 10:00am, Hawera LibraryPlus

Eltham – Wednesday 11 April, 10:30am, Eltham LibraryPlus

Waverley – Wednesday 11 April, 10:30am, Waverley LibraryPlus

Opunake – Wednesday 18 April, 10:30am, Opunake LibraryPlus

Patea – Friday 20 April, 10:30am, Patea LibraryPlus