Oamaru to Host Zone 5&6 Visit this November


​​Meeting at Opera House

From November 17 to 19th, between 60-100 representatives of councils in Zones 5&6 (Zone 6 being south of the Waitaki river, Zone 5 the rest of the South Island, including the Chatham Islands) will congregate in Oamaru for a visit which coincides with the town’s famous Victorian fete.

The venue for the conference will be the Oamaru Opera House where attendees will hear about issues facing New Zealand’s South Island and post local body elections, have a chance to meet new colleagues. They will have the opportunity to tour Oamaru’s water treatment plant and learn about the plans for the installation of a new reservoir, travel to Observatory Village, hear about the council’s investment in elder care and how Waitaki is rethinking ageing; and see the benefits of this community-owned asset.

As well as Riverstone Castle, participants can avail themselves of a tour of the conference facility which will detail the decade’s energy and efforts that resulted in this architecturally-award winning refurbishment recently being voted New Zealand’s top touring venue. They will have the opportunity for a guided walk around the Victorian precinct and Oamaru harbour; a chance to engage with the town’s vibrant commercial history, heritage and wildlife conservation efforts, with a trip to the penguin colony also an option.

Mayor for Waitaki, Gary Kircher said, “I’m very pleased that Waitaki will be hosting this next meeting involving all South Island councils. I know a number of them are keen to visit us to see some of the unique initiatives that our council is involved in, as well as some of the wonderful attributes that make our district so attractive. Given the timing, we expect that there will be a good number of newly-elected members who will be attending to learn more. We intend to show them as much as possible over the couple of days that they will be here.”​

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