Weather Watch - Heavy rain
Metservice has issued a heavy rain watch for Waikato and Waitomo. The watch is valid from 5am to 10pm Saturday (20 April). More info here

Community Update

5 Nov 2015

Classic Kiwi Christmas Parade - Friday 11 December

Planning for Waitomo District’s annual Parade is underway. With December fast approaching we encourage you to get your ‘Classic Kiwi Christmas’ Float preparations underway. You can register your float or stall - application forms are available on our website or contact Donna MacDonald for more information (07) 878 0800.

Rural Broadband Initiative

Government is working towards making sure that rural residents and businesses can enjoy the benefits of faster, better internet through the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI). 

One of Government’s partners Vodafone New Zealand are building 154 new towers and upgrading 387 existing ones, to provide improved mobile coverage and broadband options.

Vodafone expects a new tower in Aria to be live by the end of November. A new tower in Benneydale will be providing service by late January / early February 2016.  The delay on the Benneydale facility is due to the backhaul fibre delivery and the trenching cannot be done for the power and fibre until after the hay making season.

Waitomo District Library online resources

Library members can now access information from wherever it suits, with FundView and BreakOut.

With information on over 1200 grants FundView is the best place to get help with administration costs, salaries, building re-development, volunteer expenses, equipment, furniture and more.

BreakOut lists over 4000 scholarships and grants for individuals seeking funding for primary, secondary school, university and polytechnic study; research; fellowships; professional development; and career change.

For more information go to or phone the Library team on (07) 878 1028.

Notice of Rating Valuation

Property owners and ratepayers in the Waitomo District would have recently received their notice of rating valuation as a result of the triennial general revaluation. 

The new valuation reflects the probable price that would be paid for the property if it had been for sale at the date of the general revaluation (1 September 2015).  This valuation does not include chattels, dairy company shares, stock, crops, machinery or trees.  The valuation is deemed to include GST (if any) for residential property, and exclude GST for other property types. The new values will be first used for rating purposes from 1 July 2016.

If you disagree with your valuation, you have until 4 December 2015 to lodge an objection.  You can download an objection form from our website or call the friendly Customer Services Team on (07) 878 0800 to request an objection form or for more information.