Clutha District Council

Clutha District Council is the territorial authority for the Clutha District of New Zealand.[1]

Clutha District Council
HousesGoverning Body
Term limits
FoundedMarch 6, 1989 (1989-03-06)
Seats15 seats (1 mayor, 14 ward seats)
Length of term
3 years

The council is led by the mayor of Clutha, who is currently Bryan Cadogan. There are also 14 ward councillors.[1]



  • Mayor Bryan Cadogan
  • Balclutha ward: 4 seats
  • Bruce ward: 3 seats
  • Catlins ward: 1 seat
  • Clinton ward: 1 seat
  • Clutha Valley ward: 1 seat
  • Kaitangata-Matau ward: 1 seat
  • Lawrence-Tuapeka ward: 1 seat
  • West Otago ward: 2 seats[1]

Community boards

  • Lawrence/Tuapeka Community Board: 7 members
  • West Otago Community Board: 8 members[1]


The council was established in 1989 through the merger of Lawrence Borough Council (established in 1866),[2], Balclutha Borough Council (established in 1870),[3] Clutha County Council (established in 1876),[4] Tapanui Borough Council (established in 1876),[4] and Kaitangata Borough Council (established in 1882).[5]

In 2020, the council had 72 staff, including 11 earning more than $100,000. According to the Taxpayers' Union think tank, residential rates averaged $2,099.[6]


  1. "About Clutha District Council". Clutha District Council.
  2. Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Lawrence
  3. Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Balclutha
  4. Fraser, B (1986). The New Zealand Book of Events. Auckland: Reed Methuen.
  5. Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Kaitangata
  6. "Ratepayers Report". Taxpayers' Union.