About the organisation

About Council

The Waimate District Council consists of a Mayor, eight Councillors and the operational staff.  The Mayor and Councillor positions are subject to election every three years.  The elected representatives are drawn from four wards.  Waimate Urban, Lower Waihao, Hakataramea-Waihaorunga, and Pareora-Otaio-Makikihi.

Ultimate responsibility for all of the District Council's activities rests with the Council.  The Council decides the range of services and activities to be provided, sets the policy for these services and activities, delegates the implementation of these to the staff and monitors their performance.  While the Council has at times considerable freedom and opportunity to exercise its initiative in deciding its aim and policies, it must do this within the laws, regulations and requirements set down by central government.  A local authority may only undertake those activities which are permitted by central government.

As well as providing services itself, the Council may contract for services to be provided and assist many other organisations through membership, technical services, advice and financial grants.

The District Council is headed by the Chief Executive, who is responsible to the elected Council for ensuring the effective, efficient and economic management of all the Council's activities.

To carry out its function the Council is divided into the following departments.

  • Roading
  • Utilities 
  • Parks and Reserves
  • Regulatory
  • Corporate Support
  • Community Services & Planning

Responsibilities of each department are:


  • Roading
  • Footpaths 


  • Sewage Disposal and Treatment
  • Stormwater Disposal
  • Urban Water Supply
  • Rural Water Supplies
  • Waste Collection and Disposal

Parks and Reserves

  • Parks & Public Spaces 
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cemeteries
  • Camping Facilities

Regulatory & Property

  • Environmental Health Licensing and Inspection
  • Building Control
  • Dog and other Animal Control
  • Noise Control
  • Liquor and Gaming Machine Licensing
  • Property Management

Community Services & Planning

  • District Library Services
  • District Promotions
  • Public Relations
  • Liason with the Media
  • Economic Development
  • Community Grants
  • GIS Services (Mapping)
  • IT
  • Council Website
  • Strategic Planning (incl LTP)
  • Resource Planning
  • Civil Defence
  • Election Management
  • Community Consultation
  • Policy Generation
  • Support Elected Members
  • Liason with Central Government and other Local Bodies

Corporate Support

  • Administration Support
  • Payments
  • Purchasing
  • Rating
  • Revenue Collection
  • Payroll
  • Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Legal and Insurance Services
  • Annual Report
  • Forestry Management