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Warning about big waves

Wave warning includes Ashburton beaches

MetService has issued another wave warning for parts of Canterbury including the Ashburton coastline valid from Wednesday 25 May, 12pm to Thursday 26 May, 11pm.

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Sign for Council building

Technical issue delays direct debits for rates

A technical issue over the weekend has meant people paying their Ashburton District Council rates by direct debit have not yet had the money taken out of their accounts.

Household food waste

New food waste collection proposed in management plan

A new kerbside collection for household food waste is among key actions in a proposed new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan for the Ashburton district.

Historic hall being renovated

New life for historic hall in library and civic build

Historic Pioneer Hall is taking on a new lease of life as it is carefully absorbed into Ashburton’s new library and civic building, Te Pātaka a kā Tuhituhi and Te Waharoa a Hine Paaka.

Man working on water pipes

Methven Water Work Rescheduled - Conserve Water Notice Lifted

Updated Monday 23 May - Due to a unforseen technical issue, today's work on the Methven Water Supply has been posponed, meaning the conserve water notice is now lifted. Methven residents will be notified of the new date once confirmed.

Coffee cart and customers

Refreshed rules proposed for mobile traders

A bylaw that regulates mobile shops like food trucks and coffee carts is being refreshed by the Ashburton District Council and will include more spots for people to set up their temporary shops, as well as a new name.

Map of planned road works

Waka Kotahi night works planned on SH1/West Street

Motorists can expect some disruption on State Highway 1 through Ashburton at night next week when Waka Kotahi contractors lay new asphalt.

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From the Mayor & CE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Your views are important

If you’ve been thinking about giving us your feedback on the draft Annual Plan, now is the time to do it, with submissions closing at 5pm tomorrow (Friday 6 May).

Mayor: Sadly, war is not confined to the past

Anzac Day provided a sobering reminder about the enduring impact of war and conflict, and it was humbling that hundreds of people around our district attended services to pay their respects to the men and women who have served to defend New Zealand.

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Council Brief

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Upcoming meetings


29 June 2022, 1.00 pm

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

22 June 2022, 1.30 pm

Council - Activity Briefings

22 June 2022, 9.30 am


15 June 2022, 1.00 pm

BOARD: Methven Community

13 June 2022, 10.30 am

Road Closures


from 23 Jun 19:00 to 23 Jun 21:30


from 19 Jun 6:00 to 24 Jun 6:00


from 31 May 7:00 to 3 Jun 18:00

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What's On

With so many events, festivals and markets, you're never short of something to do around Mid Canterbury!

Alerts & advisories

Website Maintenance Ahead!

Some of our online EServices will be down for scheduled maintenance Saturday 26 March 2022 from 7am till 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kettle boiling water

UPDATE: Precautionary boil water notice lifted for Methven

UPDATE 18 February: Methven’s boil water notice has been lifted.

Montalto residents reminded to boil water, E.Coli detected

Residents connected to the Montalto water supply are being reminded to boil their drinking water before use, after the Council detected E.coli in the supply today.

December 2021 Weather Event Updates

Watch this page for continued updates on weather impacts in the district.

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Project News

New Library and Civic Centre project facing delays and price pressure due to COVID, supply chain issues, inflation, and last year’s flood

Library & Civic Centre

Delays in the construction industry caused by global and national supply chain issues mean Ashburton District Council’s new Library and Civic Centre is unlikely to be completed until the second quarter of 2023. Its original completion date was the end of this year.

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

CBD update for week of 15 November 2021

CBD Revitalisation

The project’s end is fast approaching with 95+% of the work now complete and on track for the bulk of the project to be finished as planned by 22 November!

New library and civic building gifted two Maori names by Arowhenua

Library & Civic Centre

Ashburton District Council has accepted two Maori names, gifted by Arowhenua, for the new library and civic building. The library will be known as Te Pataka o ka Tuhituhi and the civic centre as Te Waharoa a Hine Paaka.

Ashburton Relief Sewer project update 15 October 2021

Ashburton Relief Sewer

Contractors working on the Ashburton Relief Sewer (ARS) line have re-opened the intersection of Beach Road East and Milton Road South after laying the wastewater pipe across the road.

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Portal used for advertising tenders and other commissioning requirements to the market. All processes through to contract award stage are manage in Tenderlink.

Facilities News

Sports facility

EANC survey to help shape future services

EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre has launched a survey to collect people’s thoughts on the facility and look at how it might serve the needs of the community in the future.

Swimming pool

New closing times for EA Networks Centre pools

EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre is introducing new closing times for its pools and aquatic area, to help reduce operating costs for ratepayers and better reflect patterns of use.

Author Abbas Nazari

Abbas Nazari at the Ashburton Library: Tale of a Tampa refugee


Ashburton Library is hosting two public sessions on Monday 6 December with author and former Afghan refugee Abbas Nazari, who fled the Taliban in 2001.

Personal trainer and child

EANC helping mums safely return to fitness

EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre is spreading the word about a special service to help women exercise safely after having a baby.

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Live consultations

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Draft Waste Minimisation and Management Plan

From May 23, 2022 to July 27 2022

Draft Trading in Public Places Bylaw

From May 23, 2022 to July 27 2022

Draft Play, Active Recreation and Sport Strategy

From April 21, 2022 to May 22 2022

Draft Annual Plan 2022-23

From April 7, 2022 to May 6 2022

Future of Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater

From February 2, 2021 to March 13 2021

Closed consultations

Property Leases and Licences Policy - Stage 1

From November 5, 2021 to December 5 2021

Parking in our district

From September 8, 2021 to October 6 2021

Future of Grove Street Park

From August 6, 2021 to September 7 2021

Excited Puppy on leash

Draft Dog Control Bylaw & Policy

From June 11, 2021 to July 11 2021

Coins & Bar Graphs

Rates Remission Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

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