New Plymouth District

The New Plymouth District is one of the districts of New Zealand within Taranaki. It includes the city of New Plymouth and smaller towns such as Inglewood, Oakura and Waitara.

New Plymouth District
New Plymouth District Council offices
Location of the New Plymouth District
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictNew Plymouth District Council
WardsNew Plymouth
SeatNew Plymouth
  MayorNeil Holdom
  Deputy MayorRichard Jordan
  MPJonathan Young
  Total2,324.26 km2 (897.40 sq mi)
 (June 2018)[1]
  Density36/km2 (93/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteDistrict Council

In 1989, as a part of New Zealand-wide reorganisation of local government, New Plymouth City Council was merged with North Taranaki District Council, Inglewood District Council, and Clifton County Council to form the New Plymouth District Council.


The district's population at the June 2018 census was 83,100,.[1] The New Plymouth District is the 10th largest district (out of 67) in New Zealand

Local Government

Every three years the Mayor, 14 councillors and 16 community board members are elected by the New Plymouth District’s enrolled voters. The full council, sub-committees and standing committees meet on a six-weekly cycle. The current serving Mayor of New Plymouth is Neil Holdom.

The Planning and Performance standing committees have delegated authority from the council to make final decisions on certain matters, and they make recommendations to the council on all others. The four community boards – Clifton, Waitara, Inglewood and Kaitake – as well as the subcommittees and working parties can make recommendations to the standing committees for them to consider.

The third standing committee, the Hearings Commission, is a quasi-judicial body that meets whenever a formal hearing is required – for instance, to hear submissions on a publicly notified resource consent application.

The Chief Executive and approximately 460 full-time equivalent staff provide advice and information to the elected members and the public, implement council decisions and manage the district’s day-to-day operations.

This includes everything from maintaining more than 280 parks and reserves, waste water management and issuing consents and permits, through to providing libraries and other recreational services and ensuring the district’s eateries meet health standards.

New Plymouth District Council's annual operating revenue for 2013/2014 is $167.18 million.[2]

Council members

NameAffiliation (if any)Notes
Neil HoldomIndependentMayor of New Plymouth (Elected 2016)
Shaun BiesiekIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Since 2007)
Gordon BrownIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Since 2013)
Murray ChongIndependentWard: New Plymouth (Since 2013)
Harry DuynhovenIndependentWard: New Plymouth (Since 2015 by-election)
Richard HandleyIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Since 2013)
Stacey HitchcockIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)
Colin JohnstonIndependentWard: North (Since 2013)
Richard JordanIndependentDeputy Mayor, Ward: South-West (Since 2013)
Craig McFarlaneIndependentWard: North (Since 2007) (Deputy Mayor)
John Horse McleodIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)
Alan McLeodyIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)
Mike MerrickIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)
Marie PearceIndependentWard: South-West (Since 2007)
Roy WeaverIndependentWard: New Plymouth City (Since 2015 by-election)

Community boards

Waitara Community Board (four members): Trevor Dodunski, Andrew Larsen, Jonathan Marshall, Joe Rauner.
Clifton Community Board (four members): Ken Bedford, Warren Petersen, Pam Street and John McLean.
Inglewood Community Board (four members): Jenny Bunn, Karen Moratti, Kevin John Rowan, Phillip Rowe.
Kaitake Community Board (four members): Graham Chard, Paul Coxhead, Doug Hislop, Paul Veric.

See also


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