Long-term Plan 2021-2031

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We are now accepting submissions on our Long-term Plan 2021-2031 consultation document, Tō tātou haerenga - our journey, until 5.00pm Friday 4 June 2021.

Making a plan for the next 10 years in a time of global uncertainty is no easy task, but as a council we've taken a really good look at everything we do and made a strong plan to ensure we are in the best place possible to meet our obligations to the Southland community – for now and our future.

Chairman Nicol Horrell said the Council had worked intensely over the past 18 months to thoroughly consider the significant issues and the possible choices to address them. The consultation document covers the Council’s significant issues and provides options for Southlanders to consider.

“We need to deliver on what our communities and the Government are asking of us, particularly in relation to freshwater quality and climate change impacts, if we are to increase community resilience and ensure Southland is set up for the future.”

The Council’s priority work programmes focus on four specific areas. These include improving freshwater quality and implementing the Government’s requirements; completing shovel ready projects to improve flood defences in a co-funding arrangement (Government 75%; Council 25%); upgrading our systems to ensure our large volume of data more effectively helps the Council and Southlanders to make good decisions; continuing our coastal marine activities – harbourmaster, coastal planning and biosecurity – despite the loss of cruise ship income ($2.8m pa).

We're also seeking feedback on:

You can view the consultation document and share your views below. All supporting documents are also available to read and download.

Click here to view some examples of what the proposed rates increases might mean for you and your property.


We are now accepting submissions on our Long-term Plan 2021-2031 consultation document, Tō tātou haerenga - our journey, until 5.00pm Friday 4 June 2021.

Making a plan for the next 10 years in a time of global uncertainty is no easy task, but as a council we've taken a really good look at everything we do and made a strong plan to ensure we are in the best place possible to meet our obligations to the Southland community – for now and our future.

Chairman Nicol Horrell said the Council had worked intensely over the past 18 months to thoroughly consider the significant issues and the possible choices to address them. The consultation document covers the Council’s significant issues and provides options for Southlanders to consider.

“We need to deliver on what our communities and the Government are asking of us, particularly in relation to freshwater quality and climate change impacts, if we are to increase community resilience and ensure Southland is set up for the future.”

The Council’s priority work programmes focus on four specific areas. These include improving freshwater quality and implementing the Government’s requirements; completing shovel ready projects to improve flood defences in a co-funding arrangement (Government 75%; Council 25%); upgrading our systems to ensure our large volume of data more effectively helps the Council and Southlanders to make good decisions; continuing our coastal marine activities – harbourmaster, coastal planning and biosecurity – despite the loss of cruise ship income ($2.8m pa).

We're also seeking feedback on:

You can view the consultation document and share your views below. All supporting documents are also available to read and download.

Click here to view some examples of what the proposed rates increases might mean for you and your property.


  • Making a plan for the next 10 years in a time of global uncertainty is no easy task, but as a Council we know now is the time to make a strong plan to ensure we are in the best place possible to meet our commitments to the Murihiku Southland community - for now and our future.

    We now need to know what you think of our plans. We've laid out our proposals for the next 10 years, we have a clear sense of direction - where we need to go and how we need to get there. We know some of the decisions we are making will have implications the might seem tough, but our goal is to provide certainty for future years.

    We suggest that you register if you think you may need to save your submission to complete later.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0800 76 88 45 or email service@es.govt.nz.

    Tell us what you think by 5.00pm, Friday 4 June 2021.

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  • Although these items do not form part of the Long-term Plan, they have been reviewed during the process and we are now using this opportunity to ask for any feedback.

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