Tasman District Council

Tasman District Council (Māori: Te Kaunihera o te tai o Aorere) is the unitary local authority for the Tasman District of New Zealand.[1]

Tasman District Council

Te Kaunihera o te tai o Aorere
HousesGoverning Body
Term limits
Founded6 March 1989 (1989-03-06)
Preceded byRichmond Borough Council
Motueka Borough Council
Seats14 (1 mayor, 13 ward seats)
Length of term
3 years

The council is led by the mayor of Tasman, who is currently Tim King.[1]

Tasman elects its 13 councillors from five different wards: three from Motueka, three from Moutere/Waimea, four from Richmond, one from Murchison and two from Golden Bay.[1]


The council was formed in 1989, replacing Richmond Borough Council (1891–1989) and Motueka Borough Council (1900–1989).[2]

In 2020, the council had 289 staff, including 63 earning more than $100,000. According to the right-wing Taxpayers' Union think tank, residential rates averaged $3,186, and only Carterton District Council and Auckland Council had higher rates.[3]


Council members meet each month as a Full Council. They are also six council committees: Regulatory, Strategy and Policy, Operations, Audit and Risk, CEO Review and Commercial.[4]

Tasman District Council also has representatives on several joint committees with Nelson City Council: Community Development, Engineering Services, Environmental Planning, Tasman Regional Transport, Joint Shareholders Committee, the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit, the Regional Pest Management Joint Committee, and the Saxton Field Committee.[4]

The two councils also have a joint District Licensing Committee, which deals with all alcohol licensing matters.[4]


  1. "About Tasman District Council". tasman.govt.nz. Tasman District Council.
  2. Fraser, B (1986). The New Zealand Book of Events. Auckland: Reed Methuen.
  3. "Ratepayers Report". ratepayersreport.nz. Taxpayers' Union.
  4. "Tasman District Council Committees and Subcommittees". tasman.govt.nz. Tasman District Council.