Services & Information


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Councils have responsibility for a large number of community activities. Some of these are regulatory such as animal control, bylaws, district planning, environmental health and alcohol licensing.

We also have a responsibility for buildings, ensuring they are built properly, or require a building warrant of fitness, or when they change use or have specific access requirements. Property files are made available for public viewing.

Infrastructural services for the district include; roading, water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste disposal. The team also manage the Manawatu District Council's rubbish and recycling service.

Community and district development is also a function of the council contributing to attracting and retaining residents as well as developing a broad economic base.

New Zealand citizenship ceremonies are organised by the Manawatu District Council, on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs, to welcome new citizens and confirm their citizenship.

Council provides and maintains cemeteries in the district as required by the Burial and Cremation Act 1964. We recognise the importance of our cemeteries, keeping them pleasant memorial spaces.

Emergency management is about keeping our district and its people safe.

We also need to let our community know what is happening and what council is doing, and also get feedback about what the community thinks about what we are doing through consultations.