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Recycling bins at skate park

Ashburton skate park sports new recycling bins

New rubbish and recycling bins with street cred have been installed at Ashburton’s skate park.

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Recycling bins at skate park

Ashburton skate park sports new recycling bins

New rubbish and recycling bins with street cred have been installed at Ashburton’s skate park.

ANZ bank staff

Ashburton District business awards deadline approaching

Mid Canterbury retailers and business people wanting to be part of the Ashburton District’s ANZ Business of the Year Awards are being reminded that entries close next week, on Tuesday 30 November.

East Street footpath and road

Lower speed limit for CBD in force on 3 December

The speed limit of Ashburton’s CBD will officially change to 30km/h from Friday 3 December, to provide a safer street environment for people to move about.

Oak tree Baring Square West

Oak tree at Baring Square West to be removed

A large Oak tree at Baring Square West, opposite the Ashburton District Council’s administration building, will be cut down tomorrow (Friday 26 November).

Christmas tree on East Street

Tree, final touches for CBD

Ashburton’s giant Christmas tree has added some seasonal bling to the CBD, as contractors wrap up a two-year, $18 million rejuvenation project in the town’s retail centre.

Footpath signs on East Street

Retailers encouraged to align footpath signs

Retailers and businesses in the CBD are being encouraged to put their free-standing footpath signs on the grey pavers right next to their shops, not on the road side.

Canterbury Mayoral Forum

It's important to get your second jab

Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown and other members of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum are encouraging Cantabrians who need their second Covid-19 vaccination to get it done.

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From the Mayor & CE

Chief Executive: Ashburton District is booming, record number building and resource consents show

These are busy times for our Building Services and District Planning departments, as they deal with record numbers of building and resource consents.

MAYOR: Welcome to Ashburton's new CBD

It’s a shame there will be no ribbon-cutting and official celebration to mark the completion of the CBD revitalisation project, as the work is hugely important for our district.

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Upcoming meetings


15 December 2021, 1.00 pm


1 December 2021, 1.00 pm

BOARD: Methven Community

29 November 2021, 10.30 am


17 November 2021, 1.00 pm

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

10 November 2021, 1.30 pm

Road Closures


from 13 Feb 12:30 to 13 Feb 13:30


from 30 Jan 6:00 to 30 Jan 18:00


from 13 Dec 7:00 to 17 Dec 18:00


from 30 Nov 6:00 to 2 Dec 19:00


from 29 Nov 19:00 to 4 Dec 6:00

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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

VIDEO: Strong winds and heaving rain warnings issued for Ashburton District / Canterbury region

MetService has issued a red warning for strong winds for the Canterbury high country and foothills area. This is based upon expected winds gusts of up to 160km/h and is forecast to be stronger than the winds overnight Thursday/Friday.

Council Services at "Delta" Level 2

Mid Canterbury residents and visitors are being advised that Council's local facilities and services will resume normal operations this week after the country (excluding Auckland) goes into Alert Level Two from midnight tonight, but there will be some new Delta variant safety measures and restrictions in place.

Council services at Alert Level 3

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday has announced that everywhere south of the Auckland boundary will move to Alert Level 3 from 11.59 pm Tuesday 31 August. This measure will remain in place for one week and will be reassessed on 6 September.

Council services at Alert Level 4

UPDATE: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that all of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59 pm Tuesday, 24 August 2021. This is in response to a community outbreak in Auckland which has been linked to the Delta variant earlier this week. Only essential services are

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Project News

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.

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project Update 8 October 2021

CBD Revitalisation

The CBD project is progressing extremely well with 90% of the work now complete so the end is in sight and the town is really starting to open up again.

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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

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.

Ashburton Public Library front

New library digital service adds streaming movies and music, eBooks, and more


Ashburton Public Library has added the content streaming service hoopla digital to its services, so patrons can read eBooks, watch movies and hit TV series plus listen to audiobooks and music for free by using their library card.

Ashburton's first disc golf course now open

EA Networks Centre

The opening weekend of Ashburton’s new disc golf course saw 110 full rounds completed and a big smile on the face of course organiser Polly Hill.

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Live consultations

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Property Leases and Licences Policy - Stage 1

From November 5, 2021 to December 5 2021

Closed consultations

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

Long Term Plan 2021-31 Have Your Say Banner

Long Term Plan 2021-31

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Ashburton Memorial

Development and Financial Contributions Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Coins & Bar Graphs

Rates Remission Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Hands Piling in for team celebration

Community Engagement Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

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