Southland District road works & closures


Road Works

Please keep a look out for these and take care when travelling through work sites. Below are some of the roads in the District which are currently subject to work.


Road Works & Restrictions

Horseshoe Bush Road

This road  is closed due to a collapsed culvert.

Colac Foreshore Road, Colac Bay

A section of this road has been temporarily closed to traffic for safety reasons due to continued damage from coastal erosion. Alternative access to the Colac Bay township is available via Colac Bay Rd, which runs off State Highway 99.

Chaslands Highway, Southern Scenic Route

The Chaslands Highway is open but traffic management, including a speed restriction, is in place. A 75 metre temporary road has been built after a section collapsed due to a massive slip.

Otara Haldane Road

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Tokanui Haldane Road

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Haldane Curio Bay Road 

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Slope Point Road

50km/hr temporary speed limits are in place (over parts of this road) for safety purposes with increased tourist numbers in the area.

Otautau Tuatapere Rd between Gill Rd & Merrivale Rd

A temporary speed restriction is in place. The speed limit has been reduced to 50km/hr for the winter period due to slippery road surface conditions. Road surface repairs will be carried out in summer 2016/17.

Southland District road works & closures


Elections 2016

We encourage all Southlanders to exercise your right to vote and to make a difference.
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Everybody eligible to vote should have received their voting papers in the mail in mid-September, ahead of the postal vote on 8 October. With the deadline for postal votes fast approaching make your vote count and have your say!
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Local elections are held once every three years. The elections are for city and district councils, regional councils and district health boards (although there is no Southern DHB election this time). In some parts of New Zealand – including Southland – elections will also be held for local and community boards, licensing trusts and various other organisations.

All local elections are held by postal vote. You must be enrolled to vote in local elections, and only people who are correctly enrolled will receive their voting papers in the mail. Electoral rolls are available at any of Council’s area offices so that you can check whether you are on the roll.

Electoral Officer

Dale Ofsoske
0800 922 822

Deputy Electoral Officer

Virginia Dillon
0800 732 732

Who can vote in local elections?

Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live.

Voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside this, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll too. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates, and the area where they live.

To go on the ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live. The electoral officer will send you out a form to complete, sign and return so they can check your eligibility.

If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.

Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.

 Voting timetable

Date Activity
July 15 Nominations for candidates open
Midday, 12 August Nominations for candidates close
16 September - 8 October Postal voting for local elections
Midday, 8 October Voting papers must be hand-delivered or posted to arrive by this date and time to be considered valid

Click here to see the list of candidates for Southland District Council and its Community Boards.


Elections 2016

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Annual Plan 2016/2017

Southland District Council’s Annual Plan 2016/17 outlines what Council intends to do in the coming year.

It includes information about proposed activities and projects, how these could be paid for, and changes compared to the 10 Year Plan.

In 2016/17 the overall rates will increase 3.30 percent. The reasons for this include fluctuations in spending and a proposed increase to the regional heritage rate. Fees and charges are also changing. To view maps which show rating types for your property visit (external link) .

The biggest change is the need to spend more on the proposal to seal the Catlins road. The project was approved in the 10 Year Plan but the project has increased in cost, and now the road to Waipapa Point will be sealed at the same time.

The plan also highlights key changes to smaller projects in our communities, which we know are important to you.

The public were able to make submissions, with 263 received. A submissions hearing was held on April 7 and, following consideration of submissions, the Annual Plan was finalised by Council on June 29.

View the Southland District Council Annual Plan 2016/2017 here [PDF, 1.4 MB]

For a summary of key changes download the consultation document [PDF, 4.2 MB]

See other related documents here

View submissions here

Annual Plan 2016/2017

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Registering your dog & owner information

Dog registrations are now due. If you live in Southland District and own a dog more than 3 months old you're required to register it with Council.

Fees for 2016/17 year are $30 per dog. A 50 percent late penalty ($15 per dog) will be applied after 1 August 2016.

Re-register your dog online here (external link)

Download a dog registration form [PDF, 49 KB]


Changes in 2017

New dog registration fees are being introduced in 2017. These are designed to encourage responsible ownership, and to reduce the number of dog wandering and aggression incidents.

Find out more


Registration - Need to know

  • You must register your dogs by 1 July every year

  • Any dog not wearing a current registration label or disc will be treated as unregistered. Replacement tags may be obtained from Council

  • Anyone found in possession of an unregistered dog older than three months is liable to receive a $300 infringement fee, so all dog owners are encouraged to ensure that their dog is registered

  • When a dog changes ownership, both the new and old owners must give written notice to Council within 14 days of the change and include the address where the dog will be kept

  • If a dog owner moves, they must give written notice of the new address to Council within 14 days

Registering your dog & owner information