Council Information

Easter transfer station hours

The following transfer stations will be closed:

Hokitika & Franz Josef Transfer Stations - closed Friday 10 April to Tuesday 14 April

Haast landfill & Whataroa Transfer Station – closed Sunday 12 April

All other transfer stations open as normal.

Rubbish will be collected as normal.

Notice of meeting cancellation


Pursuant to Section 46 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, public notice is hereby given of the following meeting cancellation:


Purpose of Meeting



Conserve Water Notice


4 April 2020

Arahura residents are advised to conserve water until further notice while urgent repairs are carried out at the water treatment plant.


24 February 2020

Residents of Ross are requested to conserve water until further notice due to urgent maintenance required at the water intake resulting from recent storm damage.

Water Alert Level 2.

Information about rates

Covid-19 – What’s happening with Rates?


Since the change in Covid-19 alert to level 4 the Council has begun receiving queries from residents regarding rates.

The fourth instalment for the year to June is coming up and we know the timing will be of concern to some people – especially those who are facing an uncertain financial future.

Covid-19 has quickly changed the operating environment for business globally and Councils are no exception.

Franz Josef Wastewater Treatment plant operational

30 March 2020


Media release

Franz Josef Wastewater Treatment Plant Success

The new upgrade to the Franz Josef Wastewater Treatment plant has been completed and approved as fit for purpose, meeting the deadline set by the Environment Court in November 2019. The new plant will provide enhanced treatment and discharge of wastewater from Franz Josef township. The plant is operational with some minor works still to be done.


Media release - Council offices closing

23 March 2020 @ 1610


Council proactively managing Covid-19 response

“We’re currently living in difficult times”, is the message that Mayor Bruce Smith is sharing with the community. “Council is completely focussed on the needs of the community, in particular the elderly and those with medical conditions. I also want to thank the community for returning to doing their grocery shopping as normal and for continuing to shop locally.”

Council's response to Corona virus

20 March 2020

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The latest update is available here.

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