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

Manapouri road rural gravel

Changes to dust suppression regulations

Environment Southland's regulations regarding dust suppression have changed.

If you want to apply used oil on to a gravel road outside your property, you must have a resource consent from Environment Southland.

You may still use the following without resource consent:

  • Vegetable oil
  • New light fuel (No 2, 3 or 4 fuel oil or diesel)
  • New lubricating oil
  • HSNO-approved dust suppressant

And you will still also need a Dust Suppression Permit [PDF, 325 KB] from Southland District Council. We will not be able to issue your Dust Suppression Permit without confirmation from Environment Southland that your application complies with the new rules.

If you have any queries regarding the new regulations, please contact the Consents team at Environment Southland on (03) 211 5115.


Changes to dust suppression regulations

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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


2016 Elections Results

 Tong returned as Mayor for second term

Gary Tong has been re-elected as Mayor of Southland District Council for his second term.

In final results, Tong received 6917 votes to Steve Fagerlund’s 888. Fagerlund had announced he no longer wished to stand after the nominations closed, so his name remained on the voting papers.

Tong said he was very pleased to be Mayor for a second term and was looking forward to leading a very focused council through the next three years.

“I am really looking forward to meeting the challenges we have and taking Southland District forward. We want to build on the work the Southland Regional Development Strategy is doing and learn from the past three years.

“We have some new councillors and I am keen to get to know them and their interests. I want to take the time, too, to acknowledge the work that the two retiring councillors, Lyall Bailey and Rodney Dobson, did for Southland District,” Mr Tong said.

Complete final results for Council and Community Board representatives are listed below. Successful candidates are highlighted in bold. 


Southland District Mayor (election required)

Gary Tong (6917)
Steve Fagerlund (888)


Mararoa-Waimea Ward (3 councillors needed) 

John Douglas
Ebel Kremer
Brian Dillon

Stewart Island-Rakiura Ward (1 councillor needed, election required)

Bruce Ford (123)
Jon Spraggon (86)


Waiau-Aparima Ward (3 councillors needed)

George Harpur
Nicholas Perham
Stuart Baird


Waihopai-Toetoes Ward (2 councillors needed)

Paul Duffy
Julie Keast

Winton-Wallacetown Ward (3 councillors needed, election required)

Neil Paterson (1820)
Darren Frazer (1686)
Gavin MacPherson (1578)
Roger Hamilton (1505)


Community Boards

Te Anau Community Board (6 candidates needed)

Kara Matheson
Mary Chartres
Sarah Greaney
Rachel Cockburn
Anthony O'Loughlin
Shaun Cantwell

Stewart Island Rakiura Community Board (6 candidates needed, election required)

Steve Lawrence (158)
Greg Everest (137)
Bruce Ford (127) *WITHDRAWN due to election to Council 
Anita Geeson (126)
Jon Spraggon (124)
Dale Chittenden (121)
Aaron Conner (109)
Graham Okey (98)
Graham Cowley (76)

Riverton Aparima Community Board (6 candidates needed)

Blair Stewart
Graeme Stuart
Neil Linscott
Jan Breayley
Corey Mennell
Andrew Wilson

Tuatapere Community Board (6 candidates needed)

Margaret Thomas
Maurice Green

Simon Blayne De Vries
Joanne Sanford
Stephen Crack

Otautau Community Board (6 candidates needed, election required)

Andre Bekhuis (315) 
Peter Gutsell (288)
David Cowie (283)
Maureen Johnston (264)
Amber Joyce (219)
Bill Marshall (210)
Barry Drake (175)
Gretchen Wilson (158)
Peter Herrick (151)
Eddie Blackburn (54)


Winton Community Board (6 candidates needed, election required)

Doreen McNaught (1085)
Brian Somerville (1035)
Natasha Mangels (988)
Geoffrey Jukes (872)
Neville McPherson (728)
Peter Schmidt (606)
Phil Garaway (432)

Wallacetown Community Board (6 candidates needed)

Peter Laurie
Trina Eade
Francis Shearing
Treena Symons
Anthony Billyard
Raeburn Wilson

Edendale Wyndham Community Board (6 candidates needed)

Melanie Shepherd (Wyndham subdivision)
Pamela Yorke (Wyndham subdivision)
Denise Fodie (Edendale subdivision)
Andrew Roy (Edendale subdivision)

2016 Elections Results