News and Media

 We keep our community up to date through regular newsletters, media releases and more. Through this page you can sign up for future releases, check out past editions and check for other places you can keep up to date with us. 

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We're happy to share news and information from anyone within our district. Please: 

-        keep it short – a max of 150 words if possible

-       include a photo/image

-        include links to more information if you have them – i.e. link it back to your own websites or social media accounts where possible.

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-        Content may be featured on KDC social media/media accounts (as well as newsletters)

-        You give permission for us to use all images sent in

-        KDC can edit your content to fit design guidelines (especially for hardcopy due to space)

-        Commercial advertising will not be included however promotion of community, charity or not-for-profit activities or groups in encouraged

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Council produces three regular newsletters. 

Hardcopy newsletter - 'Community Update'

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What? A monthly A4 newsletter created in collaboration with NCTIR and a number of local 

community groups such as the Youth Council. 

Features short stories and updates on key people, events and issues. Shares key information only.

Themed around the groups within our community (youth or elderly) or subjects/events/activities that mean something to our District (the environment, sustainability).

When? Delivered mid-month. Began in March 2018

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Who? Goes to: over 1600 residences.  

Stories from: Council, community groups and leaders


Email newsletter - 'Council and Community'

What? Stories and information from the community and from council. Includes anything the community might want or need to know from anyone who wants to submit a story; events, local projects, stories about life in our District or offers and requests for help.

When? Sent mid-month. Began in July 2017

Who? Goes to: over 2,000 subscribers

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Stories from: Residents, businesses, Council, community groups and leaders


Email newsletter - 'Building and Regulatory'

What? KDC's email update on all things building, construction, regulation and practice. We aim to pull together useful updates and guidance as well as general information on topics relevant to builders in our District. 

When? Bi-monthly

Who? Goes to: 50 recipients involved in the building and construction sector in Kaikōura

Stories from: the Building and Regulatory Team on all things happening in the building sector in Kaikōura.

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Past newsletter editions: 


June 2018 - Email Newsletter: Community and Council updates

June 2018 - Hardcopy newsletter: Things you might want to do, things you may want to know

May 2018 - Email Newsletter: Draft 3 Year Plan out for consultation and lots of community updates!

May 2018 - Building Sector Newsletter: Legislation, inspections, technical talk, as is where is

May 2018 - Hardcopy newsletter: All about our 3 Year Plan

April 2018 - Email Newsletter: About our 3 Year Plan, Drinking Water and Community Central!

April 2018 - Hardcopy newsletter: Elderly

March 2018 - Email Newsletter: 3 Year Plans, Publications and Pontoons

March 2018 - Hardcopy newsletter: Youth


December 2017 - Email newsletter: Christmas opening hours, competitions and christmas messages

November 2017 - Email newsletter: One year on

August 2017 - Email newsletter: Council and community

July 2017 - Email newsletter: SH1, Temporary accommodation and a community update

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Media releases 

Occasionally the Council will release information through a media release which is sent to key media and community contacts. This information is an official release from the Council which can be reproduced by media and journalists.

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Past media releases: 


18 May  Council welcomes budget 2018 funding announcement

16 May  Last Chance For Free Asbestos Inspections

19 April  Partnership, innovation and excellence recognised as Kaikōura District Council wins big at the SOLGM Awards 2018

20 March Kaikōura District Council supports planned NZTA Kaikōura deviation

16 March Kaikōura District Council Discounted Consents for Solid and Liquid Fuel Heaters


To request releases from 2017 please email us

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The Council regularly has submits content to the Kaikōura Star.

Other newspapers that regularly include content from Kaikōura District:

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 Useful links:

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Last updated: 25 May 2018