South Wairarapa District Council

Featherston Ward
The South Wairarapa District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of nine councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Three councillors will be elected from the Featherston ward. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the South Wairarapa District Council election.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Commit to clear and open communication with all parts of the community.

    Operate with a commitment to the fact that the families, money and opinions of our community matters!

  • Increase transparency and local engagement by holding regular drop-in meetings and availability to kōrero about current and emerging issues.

    Develop active relationships with tangata whenua and centre Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a model for partnership in decision making.

    Establish a Māori Ward for South Wairarapa District governance.

  • Greater transparency and accountability.

    Adapting to Three Waters reform.

    Enabling council staff with training and support.

  • Discuss openly all options for projects that affect the community. Ensure democratic, inclusive communication representing all voices.

    Commit to funding Māori Standing Committee on the same basis as community boards.

    Verify the accuracy of costings that affect the community, especially rates.

  • Engage with all iwi representation in the region to understand what is working, what isn't, and what can be implemented/removed.

    Engage with all members of Featherston via weekly meetings at a public location.

    Maintain regular transparent dialogue with the public via social media, email and South Wairarapa District Council website.

  • Commit to clear and open communication with all parts of the community.

    Operate with a commitment to the fact that the families, money and opinions of our community matters!

  • Increase transparency and local engagement by holding regular drop-in meetings and availability to kōrero about current and emerging issues.

    Develop active relationships with tangata whenua and centre Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a model for partnership in decision making.

    Establish a Māori Ward for South Wairarapa District governance.

  • Greater transparency and accountability.

    Adapting to Three Waters reform.

    Enabling council staff with training and support.

  • Discuss openly all options for projects that affect the community. Ensure democratic, inclusive communication representing all voices.

    Commit to funding Māori Standing Committee on the same basis as community boards.

    Verify the accuracy of costings that affect the community, especially rates.

  • Engage with all iwi representation in the region to understand what is working, what isn't, and what can be implemented/removed.

    Engage with all members of Featherston via weekly meetings at a public location.

    Maintain regular transparent dialogue with the public via social media, email and South Wairarapa District Council website.