Even more events this Summer in Selwyn
An extra month’s worth of events have been packed into the 2017/18 annual Summer in Selwyn programme, kicking off this year at the start of December.

It just makes Water Sense!
Summer is on its way, and we want to ensure properties connected to Council water supplies can enjoy good water service during the warmer time of year.

Are you sorted ... with a safe ride home?
Selwyn District Council, Police and the Licenced premises across the district are participating in the Christmas/New Year annual drink drive campaign, encouraging everyone to sort a safe ride home before going out for a few drinks this summer.

Council Services

The following changes to council services and facilities apply for the Christmas and New Year period:


Council Service Centres/Libraries
The Council’s Rolleston Headquarters close at 12 midday on Friday 22 December and reopen with normal hours (8.30am to 5pm) on Wednesday 3 January.
Selwyn District Libraries close at midday on Friday 22 December and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the day after New Year’s Day.

Darfield Library will be open Saturday 23 December 9.30am–12.30pm and Friday 29 December 1–4pm.
Leeston Library will be open Saturday 23 December 10am–1pm and Thursday 28 December 1–4pm.
Lincoln Library will be open Saturday 23 December 9.30am–12.30pm, Wednesday 27 December 10am–1pm and Friday 29 December 10am–3pm.
Rolleston Library will be open Saturday 23 December 9.30am–12.30pm, Wednesday 27 December 10am–1pm and Thursday 28 December 10am–3pm. Normal libraries hours resume from Wednesday 3 January.

WWaste (Rubbish, Recycling, Organics) Collections
Rubbish and recycling collections scheduled on Christmas Day (Monday 25th) will take place the prior Saturday 23 December.
Refuse collections scheduled on New Year’s Day (Monday 1 January) will take place the prior Saturday 30 December.
All other collection days will proceed as normal.
ASelwyn Aquatic Centre
The Selwyn Aquatic Centre is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
On other days from 27 December–2 January we will be open from 8am–8pm.
On Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th) and New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31st) the Centre will close at 6pm instead of 8pm.
Normal hours (6am–9pm) resume from Wednesday 3 January 2018.
RRolleston Community Centre
Rolleston Community Centre closes at midday on Friday 22 December and reopens with normal hours on Wednesday 3 January.
LLincoln Event Centre
Lincoln Event Centre closes at midday on Friday 22 December and reopens with normal hours on Wednesday 3 January.
PPines Resource Recovery Park
Pines Resource Recovery Park is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
We are open 10am–4pm on Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day), and Tuesday 2 January.
All other days are normal opening hours (9am–4.30pm weekdays and 10am–4pm on weekends).

The last day for booked building inspections will be 21 December. Inspections will commence again on Wednesday 3 January.

The Council's phone helpline will continue to operate 24 hours a day for urgent matters. Please phone free Christchurch 347 2800 or Darfield 318 8338.

Precautionary Boil Water Notice - Edendale Water Supply

A Precautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued by after test results were received showing that E. coli levels were above recommended levels.

E.coli is an organism which can cause health issues. If you or your family show any symptoms of sickness, including vomiting and diarrhea, please visit your doctor as soon as you are able to.

When a boil water notice is in place, the Ministry of Health advises that people should boil or treat all water from taps before drinking, brushing teeth or using it in food preparation. In addition, water used to make ice should also be boiled before freezing.

  • Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill all bugs (water does not require prolonged boiling). Water needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present. If you cannot boil water, treat it by adding 1 teaspoon of household bleach per 10 litres of water and leave for 30 minutes
  • During boil water notices, employers should also make sure their staff are only consuming boiled or bottled water at work.

You will need to continue to boil your water until you are notified that the boil water notice is lifted. It is likely to be in place for several days.

The council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed of any updates.

Any updates to this notice will be posted online at www.selwyn.govt.nz.

Your Details with Council

Did you know that if you provide the Council with your email and mobile phone number we can send you updates on important information?

Email and text updates are sent to let local residents know about issues like rubbish collection date changes or water notices. If you haven’t been receiving text or email updates from the Council this is probably because we don’t have your email and mobile phone number. If you would like to get these updates in the future please visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/yourdetails and enter your contact information.

Prebbleton Cemetery

The Council cemetery team would like to contact the families of the following people interred at Prebbleton cemetery:

  • LEARY, Dorothy June & William Matthew
  • McLENNAN, Michael George
  • TYSON, Sarah & Graham
  • YAXLEY, Horace & Ethel May
  • GALWAY, Alben James
  • HURRELL, Lisa Carolyn
  • CORBET, Dianne Lorraine
  • FREE, Joy
  • MEIKLEJOHN, Peter Alexander
  • KIRK, Harold

If you are a family member or know any family members of the above people, could you please ask them to contact the cemeteries team on 347 2969 or email cemeteries@selwyn.govt.nz

Irrigators on the road

With irrigation season underway we want to remind rural residents to ensure their irrigators are watering the grass and not spraying onto the road.

Irrigation on roads can pose a number of safety hazards for motorists, especially motorcycle riders. This is also a waste of water.

It is important to ensure irrigators are aimed within property boundaries and are regularly checked.

If you experience spray on the road coming from an irrigation system please contact Joanne Harkerss at the Council.

If there is immediate danger to road users please contact the police.

Dry, hot summer approaching

It is likely that Canterbury will have a dry, hot summer.

As in previous years, we are encouraging property owners to cut or graze long grass – on cooler days – before it starts to dry off to avoid it becoming a fire hazard.

It’s important to know that while grass may look green, it can still burn in the right conditions. If you have long grass on your property, now is a good time to either graze it or mow it on a cooler day to reduce the risk of fire affecting your property.

Council does not maintain roadsides except at intersections to keep sight distance for drivers and outside Council-owned properties eg reserves, cemeteries, quarries. Mowing of intersections is under way as part of the road maintenance contract.

The Council is responsible for complaints relating to vegetation on properties causing a fire risk. People can contact Selwyn District Council to make a complaint.

On 1 July 2017 Selwyn District Council Rural Fire Authority merged with the New Zealand Fire Service and other rural fire organisations to form Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). FENZ is now responsible for all aspects of rural fire, including permitting.

To get a fire permit visit: http://www.checkitsalright.nz/

For further information about outdoor fires and use of barbecues visit: www.selwyn.govt.nz/services/rural-fire

Check old fires – wet them down!

Do not dig them over as this could reignite the fire.

The safest way to check the old burn in today’s conditions is to insert a crowbar or other metal pole into the burn and check to see how hot it is when you pull it out.  If it is very hot, then it could still be burning.

These fires need to be well wet down. If practical, dig over your old burn during the cooler, rainy days which are forecast for later in the week.

Remember, it may be your responsibility for any fires that break out from your property and cause damage to neighbouring properties.

Tree trimming

Owners of properties adjacent to Council reserves are asked to contact the Council if trees on the reserve require trimming. Contractors will undertake any required work under the Council’s trees and vegetation policy.

The Council should also be contacted for trimming of trees on roadsides and berms.

Call the Helpline or fill out our form to place a service request.

Property owners are also asked to keep trees and vegetation clear from footpaths.

Note that the Council may trim vegetation back from properties if it crosses into a Council reserve in a manner that could impede or injure users of a reserve.

With summer’s arrival we’re also encouraging residents to water trees directly outside your house on the roadside berm, especially young trees which are susceptible to dry conditions.


Donate a can, build a tree and help those in need!

Last year's treePut your donation on the Cantastic Tree at your local library and service centre between 20 November–18 December.

Donations must be in cans, non-perishable, within the use by/best by date, and with original label. Donations will be given to Ellesmere Food Bank Trust which covers all of Selwyn.

Lost your library card? Bring a can in during this period and we’ll replace your card free of charge.


Many different council services or facilities may be restricted, closed or cancelled, for various reasons. Any closure notices will be posted here.

The current status of all fords and roads in the district are listed on our Road Disruptions and Closures page.

Springston Hall will be closed until the end of January, for the completion of seismic strengthening works. The community’s patience during this project is appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Joanne Nikolaou, Project Manager, on 347 2971.