It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the tragic passing of our former Carterton Mayor, friend, colleague, and true personality, Gary McPhee.

The “Sheriff of Carterton”, with his tough exterior and straight talking mentality was staunchly loyal to our town and community, and with his unique style in which he led was one that we all admired and respected.

Gary was elected as Mayor in 2004 and was at the helm when Carterton District Council made the courageous decision to support and help fund the award winning Carterton Events Centre.  This was a brave move , but with a growing town and a deficiency in local  community facilities,  the decision to move forward with the project was one that took great vision and leadership, and which will prove to be a his lasting legacy.

The colourful mayor, who was commonly seen astride his Harley Davidson, clad in black leather, was practical and hard working. Never afraid to roll up his sleeves and lend a hand.  With a big heart he supported many worthy causes, Child Cancer, clever campaigns to raise awareness for Herceptin, and closer to his heart, men’s health issues, often talking about his own personal battles, openly and truthfully.

His passing is a tremendous loss to our small loyal town; he will leave a great hole within our community, and will prove irreplaceable.

Mayor John Booth says he will miss Gary dearly describing him as a man mountain with a heart of gold who always had the appropriate thing to say about what was going on in the District. As a Mayor he really wanted to help people, and went the extra mile for his community. Mayor Booth says “when I became Mayor he rang me and said he was so rapt to have another Gladstone man at the helm”.

He remembered him in meetings always making a point of sitting next to me, even if someone else was there he would politely ask them to move stating “John and I always sit together” and whenever he saw me he said the same thing “how’s it going John, you’re doing an awesome job”. He always made me feel humble.

When he was the Mayor, he would visit businesses with a clipboard and pen and go into the shops asking ‘what do I need to fix’ – he was that sort of Mayor, connected and deeply committed to the Carterton Community.

Mayor Booth described him as being a deep thinker, but man of few words. But when he did speak, he spoke with authority, tenacity and passion for his community.

On behalf of the Carterton District Council, and Carterton community we send our love and support to Sandy and the McPhee family, our thoughts are with you all at this extremely sad time.


Charles Rooking Carter Awards
Please view 2016 recipients here

Community to review Waiohine River Floodplain Management Plan
This week people who live alongside the Waiohine River and in Greytown will be asked to give their view on a plan to protect their homes, business and land from problems caused by river flooding and erosion.
Over the last eight years, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has been working with South Wairarapa and Carterton District Councils, communities and iwi to come up with an agreed Floodplain Management Plan that will take into account flood risk levels as well as the economic, recreational, cultural and environmental needs of the communities who live and work around the Waiohine River.
During the development of this draft Waiohine River Floodplain Management a number of options for managing flood risks were identified and discussed. These discussions were led by the Waiohine River Floodplain Management Planning Advisory Committee (WFMPAC), a group made up of members of the Wairarapa community, as well as District and Regional Councillors and other groups interested in the Waiohine River. The  need for a comprehensive long-term plan that takes into account the effects of climate change is well supported.
“A lot of thinking, talking, information gathering and planning has gone into this document over several years.  We have evaluated the risk, explored options and ideas and talked in detail with some land and property owners,” said James Flanagan GWRC Flood Protection Senior Engineer. “I am confident that we have a plan that will provide a sound base for discussion by the community and I am looking forward to explaining some of the concepts and discussing the detail with people during information days at Greytown Public Library.”
The Waiohine River Floodplain Management Plan describes a combination of structural , for example stop-banks,  and non-structural measures, for example limits on where building development can take place.
Information has been sent to residents and property owners around the Waiohine River.  Anyone with an interest in this floodplain management plan can go along to drop-in days at the Greytown Public Library, 2:00pm - 7:30pm on: Wednesday 15 June, Sunday 3 July and Wednesday 6 July.  Learn more and give your feedback by Friday 15 July: www.gw.govt.nz/waiohineriver

Lets Work Together to Get New Zealand Ready for the Local Elections
From 27 June, everyone currently enrolled to vote will receive an enrolment update pack. Check your details, make any changes, sign it and send it back.
Voting in the local elections takes place by postal vote from 16 September to 8 October 2016. Only those correctly enrolled by 12 August will receive their postal voting papers in the mail.
If you’re not enrolled by 12 August you won’t be sent your voting papers in the post. That means that you’ll have to make a special vote, which takes longer. Enrol now.
It’s quick and easy to enrol or update your details. To check your enrolment or start the enrolment process you can go to www.elections.org.nz/enrol or call 0800 36 76 56. To get an enrolment form, pop into any PostShop or freetext your name and address to 3676. More information about enrolling to vote is available at www.elections.org.nz.
Information about enrolling for the local elections will be available in New Zealand Sign Language on www.elections.org.nz.  Information for people with vision impairments will be available on the Blind Foundation’s Telephone Information Service.
Information about enrolling to vote in multiple languages is available online at www.elections.org.nz/languages.


NZ Electoral Enrolment



Annual Plan consultation clinics
Consultation on the proposed Annual Plan 2016/17 has begun.
Councillors will be available to discuss the Consultation Document at the Events Centre Foyer

  • 16 May 6.00–9.00pm
  • 17 May 2.00–5.00pm
  • 18 May 9.00am–12.00pm

We are consulting on three issues:

  • bringing forward some of the sewage treatment upgrade
  • investigating a year-round indoor swimming complex
  • clock tower earthquake strengthening

Carterton Community Arts Council
Creative Communities Funding
The Creative Communities Scheme is a relationship between Creative NZ and local authorities and supports opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in the arts in their local community.
The Carterton Community Arts Council administers this scheme on behalf of the Carterton District.  Applications for the next funding round will close on Wednesday 15 June 2016.
Application forms and funding criteria are available from the Carterton Events Centre or by contacting Carolyn McKenzie on 06 379 4082 or can be downloaded from here. If you need guidance with filling out the application form you can download the guide here.

Elections 2016
Please click here to find out more about our local body elections

Wairarapa residents urged to get talking about Wellington
Wairarapa residents are being invited to get talking about their Capital City – how they find getting around and through it and what they love most about how Wellington looks, feels and functions. Click here to find out more

The Carterton Charles Rooking Carter Community Awards
Tickets are on sale now for this year's Civic Awards Dinner
Saturday 11 June 2016 6pm - 9.30pm
The evening includes a beverage on arrival, a delicious two course meal and the awards presentation.
Tickets are only twenty five dollars per person and are available from the Carterton Information Centre.
Let's celebrate as a community!


Water restriction
Water restrictions are no longer in place.

Liquor Licencing Christmas Newsletter
If you are planning an Event this Summer please read our Liquor Licencing Christmas Newsletter

Carterton District Council Guidelines for UAV (drones) Over Council Reserves 

Due to the interest and increased use of UAV (drones)  Council has introduced guidelines for UAV (drones) over and within Council reserves. Please view here

27 April 2016
Open Fire Season
There are currently no fire restrictions throughout Carterton urban area and Wairarapa rural district.
In the urban area, approved incinerators must be used.
For rural fire enquiries, ring Wairarapa Rural Fire District Office on 06 370 9557.
For urban fire enquiries, ring Carterton District Council on 06 379 4030.

Carterton Community Notice Board Requests
If you are a local organisation, club or group that have a notice you would like to share with the community on the electronic notice board located at Carrington Park Click here

Visiting Carterton

Planning on visiting the Carterton region or have family coming to visit and need somewhere to stay? The Carterton Holiday Park offers a park like setting with individual private sites. It is close to the shops, parks, swimming baths and the entrances to the Tararua ranges. The park offers 24 powered sites, numerous non-powered and tent sites. It also boasts 6 fully furnished, heated and carpeted self-contained units sleeping up to six people (bring your own bedding or hire from us) plus 4 budget cabins. The park also has well equipped communal facilities. Click here to find out more.....…..