Waitomo District Council

4 February 2020

Applications open for the March Discretionary Grant Funding

The focus of the Discretionary Grant Fund is to provide community assistance for the ‘not for profit’ sector in order to create a strong social base and meet local needs. Community clubs, groups and organisations operating within the Waitomo District on a not-for-profit basis may be eligible to apply.

Please read WDC’s Community Development Fund Policy to check your eligibility or call our Customer Services Team on 07-878-0800.  Application forms and policy details are available on our website.

There is a total of $5,000 available for distribution. Applications for the March Discretionary Grant funding round must be received by 5pm, 1st March 2020 or the next working day.

Applications open for the March Discretionary Grant Funding

Our building consents go digital this month

Our new online building consent Alpha goes live on Wednesday 12th February 2020.  Alpha will enable customers to submit building consents online, track their consents and receive all correspondence digitally.  An info and training session for our key users in the building industry is being held next week.

Council will not accept paper-based consent applications after the go-live date, however, those with an existing building consent underway will continue to have their consent processed using the current paper-based system until it is complete.

If you have a paper based application to submit from 12th February, and are unsure how to submit electronically, the building compliance team will be able to provide you guidance and assistance over the phone or at our office.

For more information please phone the building compliance team on  0800 932 4357.

Our building consents go digital this month

The Great New Zealand Muster

4 April 2020, 10am – 3pm

Muster stall registrations are now open and must be returned with payment by March 1st to secure a site. Demand for stall sites is high, so we recommend you register early!

The Wearable Arts Competition is on again with this year’s theme is ‘Evening Wear’. Create a masterpiece by upcycling fabric scraps and old garments or make something stunning out of ‘waste’ from around your home or work. Enter as a group or on your own. Models will be required to wear the garment on display from 10am to 11am for judging, then appear on stage at 11.30am to announce the winner.

For further stall and competition information and registration forms please visit www.waitomo.govt.nz or call in to the Waitomo District Council Office, Queen Street, Te Kuiti.

Are you available to assist with marshalling from 1.30pm to 3pm at The Great NZ Muster? We invite registrations of interest from people aged 18 years or over who are available to help on the day. Please email info@waitomo.govt.nz for more information and to register your interest.

The Great New Zealand Muster

Water conservation and restrictions

Our Water Alerts and Restrictions help us manage the demand on the town water supply so there is enough water for everyone to use during this time. If you notice a water leak in your street please contact us straight away on 0800 932 4357.

Mokau water supply is on Level 2 – Restriction

Reduce non-essential water use.

  • Use sprinklers on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm (e.g. even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days).
  • Hand held hosing is allowed at anytime.

Te Kuiti, Piopio and Benneydale water supplies are on Level 1 – Conservation.

Use water wisely.

  • Sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm.
  • Hand-held hosing is allowed anytime.


Water saving tips


  • Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose.
  • Use a timer with your sprinkler or irrigation system and be mindful where you position it so that you are watering plants, not paved areas.
  • Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
  • Use a broom and/or bucket to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.
  • Wash your car/boat/caravan on an area of lawn.
  • Shorten your shower.
  • Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.

Council Meeting Schedule for 2020

The following meetings of the Waitomo District Council are scheduled for November 2020:

Tuesday, 25 February 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 31 March 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 28 April 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 5 May 2020: Audit and Risk Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 12 May 2020: Hearing – Submissions to Exceptions Annual Plan (subject to requirement)

Tuesday, 26 May 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 30 June 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 21 July 2020: Hearing – Gambling Venues (subject to requirement)

Tuesday, 28 July 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 11 August 2020: Audit and Risk Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 25 August 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 29 September 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 13 October 2020: Audit and Risk Committee Meeting (consideration of Annual Report)

Tuesday, 27 October 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 24 November 2020: Council Monthly Meeting

Meetings are to be convened in the Council Chambers, Queen Street, Te Kuiti commencing at 9.00am, unless publicly notified otherwise.

An invitation is extended to members of the public to attend these meetings for observation purposes.  Any member(s) of the public wishing to speak at a Council meeting are required to gain approval from the Mayor at least two working days prior to the meeting.

A copy of the agenda will be available on Council’s Website two working days before the meeting.