These are challenging times, Southland Murihiku - LTP 2024-34

Have your say on the Draft Long Term Plan (LTP) 2024-34

We are consulting on the Draft Long Term Plan 2024-34 and we are asking for your feedback on four key issues:

  • water services management
  • levels of service for roading
  • glass recycling
  • Te Anau Airport Manapouri - district funding.

Find out more about the 4 issues here

As part of the draft long term plan we are proposing an average rates increase of 13.66%, ranging from 4-18% across different communities.

We are also consulting on council fees and charges, roading rate, targeted rates and the Draft Development and Financial Contributions Policy.

The consultation period starts at 9am on 5 June 2024 and ends at 12noon on 5 July 2024.

It is important you read the Long Term Plan Consultation Document 2024-34 and the information on the Draft Development and Financial Contributions Policy before making your submission. 

Anyone can make a submission on the draft policy by:

  1. completing the online submission survey on the bottom of this page
  2. emailing a submission form to
  3. posting a submission form to: Southland District Council, PO Box 903, Invercargill 9840 ATTN: LTP 2024-2034
  4. delivering a submission form to Southland District Council, head office, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill, or at any Southland District Council area office.

Download a printable submission form

Submission forms will also be available during normal office hours from Council Offices. Find the closest office location to you.

Additional supporting documents on this page, including the rates search tool, provide a more comprehensive overview of the proposed plan. 

Talk to us about the key issues

If you and your friends/whanau are interested in talking with our elected members about any issue in this LTP, register your interest by emailing or ringing 0800 732 732 and elected members will come out and talk to you.

Southland District Mayor Rob Scott is visiting multiple locations in the district throughout June.
This is for anyone who would like to have a chat to Rob about the Long Term Plan and about any questions they might have.

Friday 21 June:
Lumsden: 6pm to 8pm at the Whistle Inn. 

Saturday 22 June:
Te Anau Library: 10am to 1pm
Te Anau Airport: 2pm to 4pm

Monday 24 June:
SDC Stewart Island office: 9am to 12pm
Rakiura Museum: 1pm to 2.30pm South Sea Hotel Stewart Island: from 6pm.

Thursday 27 June:
Riverton Aparima SDC office: 2pm to 3pm
Otautau SDC office: 4pm to 5pm
Base Camp in Tuatapere: 6pm to 7pm

Consultation document

Find out more about the key issues.

Consultation document

Proposed changes to targeted rates

Council is proposing some changes to how several targeted rates are set. The changes include making adjustments to the way roading rates are allocated, removing the SIESA rate half charge, removing a 7.7 unit charge for the Te Anau Rural Water Supply and extending the Tokanui/Waimakaha and Wrights Bush/Waianiwa hall boundaries. 

Proposed changes to targeted rates document

Proposed changes to the targeted rates will be discussed in the Finance and Assurance Committee meeting, June 5 at 10 am. You can watch the meeting on Youtube:

Rates search

Find out how your rates might be affected.

Predicted rates search tool

Draft Development and Financial Contributions Policy

This policy determines how Council will recover development and financial contributions to cover the cost of capital expenditure related to growth. Read about it here Draft Development and Financial Contributions Policy