Community Notices

Mackenzie District Council

Long Term Plan 2015-25

Every three years councils are required to produce a Long Term Plan which details the goals to be worked towards for the next decade. 
As part of the Long Term Plan, Council has produced a consultation document called It's Time to Talk (7MB) which gives you an opportunity to be part of our Long Term Plan conversation.

Twizel Water Treatment Progress

Well, things are really starting to move on the upgrade of the Twizel pump system and treatment.

The generator is now in its final spot ready to be wired in to the new control panel which is now on site.

Download photos of the upgrade

Information about the planned upgrade of the Twizel Water Supply, and its impact on Twizel rates,was handed out at a recent public meeting. Click here to download a copy of the information

Ratepayers in the Mackenzie District will soon be asked for feedback on the Council’s 10 year plan. The public consultation period is expected to start on May 21 and more information will be available on this website from that date. Media release and information about rates increases

The Twizel water network will be off from 11.00 pm on 13 May 2015 until 6.00 am the following morning (14 May 2015).  Please fill suitable containers with water to hold overnight.

If, in the event the network is not back online by 6.00 am, a water tanker will be stationed outside the Twizel Information Centre on Market Place.

CONTRACT Number 1223



Tenders are invited for suitably experienced Cleaning Contractors to undertake daily cleaning requirements of public toilets with the Mackenzie District.

The contract period is for three years.

The tender will be structured in such a way that contractors may tender for individual facilities or any combination of the facilities.

Work will include supply of all tools and equipment and daily cleaning of all specified toilets some additional cleaning will be required.

Tender documents may be obtained from the Community Facilities Manager, Mackenzie District Council, PO Box 52, Fairlie.  Ph (03) 685 9010.

Tenders close at the Tender Box, Mackenzie District Council, PO Box 52, Fairlie at 4.00 pm on Friday 15 May 2015.

Garth Nixon

Community Facilities Manager

The extraordinary meeting of Mackenzie District Council planned for this Thursday to adopt Long Term Plan supporting documents has now been postponed and this business will instead be conducted at the next scheduled meeting of Council, in Twizel on May 12, from 9.30am.

Please note that water restrictions in Twizel have now been lifted. Thank you for your help in conserving water during the dry period.

Geoff Horler

Utilities Manager

Mackenzie District Council

 Lifting of Fire Restrictions

Mackenzie Basin/Hakataramea Valley

Rangitata Gorge

Pursuant to Sections 19-23 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, it is advised that the current restrictions controlling lighting of fires in the area west of a line from Rangitata River up Boundary Stream to Coal Hill following the District Council boundary to Mt Musgrove along the top of the Two Thumbs, Rollesby, Dalgety Ranges, Hunter Hills to Mt Blyth, Campbell Hills to Station Peak to the Waitaki River have been lifted effective midnight Saturday 25 April 2015.

Fire Restrictions

A reminder that a 365 day restricted fire season remains within 1 kilometre of both Waimate and Geraldine Forest Areas.  A fire permit will be required for persons lighting fires within these areas.

R A Hands

Principal Rural Fires Officer

Update on Water Restrictions for Fairlie/Kimbell - 20 April 2015

River levels are still low but the situation has improved and the total hosing ban has been lifted.  Residents in Fairlie and Kimbell can now water their lawns and gardens for up to two hours a day.

Thank you for your help to conserve water over the dry period.

Geoff Horler
Utilities Engineer
Mackenzie District Council

 The Rules Reduction Taskforce was recently appointed by the Minister of Local Government.  The Taskforce represents a drive for positive change.  Its job is to listen to concerns about regulations which frustrate property owners and those who use property and make recommendations to the Government.

Lets help get rid of loopy rules.  The Governments Rules Reduction Taskforce is coming to our district so lets let them know what is getting under our skin!  Have a look at the below letter from Jacqui Dean to see how you can have your say.  The Taskforce will be at Tekapo and Fairlie on 22 April 2015.

 The committees refresh process for the Upper Waitaki and Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury Water Zone Committees is now underway. If you are interested in joining either of these committees more infomation is available at…/canter…/comm-engage/Pages/Default.aspx

Mackenzie District Council has now published a list of Council Surplus Land for your information.

The Public are advised that in order to underdake work on the Long Gully Bridge (Rutherford Road, Albury) it will be necessary to detour road traffic through the adjacent ford.  It is therefore suggested road user vehicles be capable of 4WD during this time.

Date of the detour - Monday 9 March 2015 for approximately 3-4 weeks.

We suggest that if possible you use an alternative route and avoid the work area during this period.

Would you like to understand more about the value of the dark skies of the Mackenzie?


Check out the documentary "Dark Sky" on You Tube which was produced by Jerry Rock-Archer and Laura Sargisson for their Masters of Science Communication.

Download a copy of the NRFA Farm Fire Safe Brochure 

Download a copy of the NRFA Firesmart Home Owners Manual

The new Food Act - what does it mean for businesses

In a few days time the Food Bill which was passed by Parliament this week will become the Food Act 2014. The new Act intends to make it easier and less costly for many food businesses, while ensuring the food produced is safe.



Notification is given that the Mackenzie District Council has received an application for a resource consent from:

B Rae C/- Land Services Group Ltd, PO Box 611, Timaru

The application is for a subdivision consent to subdivide Section 18 Tekapo Village into two allotments. In the Residential 1 Zone the minimum lot size for front lots is 400m2 (net area) and 500m2 (net area) for rear lots. The application proposes the following allotments: Lot 1 – 352m2 and Lot 2 – 548m2 (467m2 net area). The status of the application is non-complying.

Location: The site is located at 14 Allan Street, Lake Tekapo.

Road closure of unnamed and unformed roads off Braemar Road, Lake Tekapo.

 Local Governance in the Mackenzie District 2014 provides information about Mackenzie District Council and outlines the responsibilities, structure and governance processes of the council. 

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