Kaipara District

Our District
Mai Waipoua ki Poutō i Te Tai Hauāuru Whakawhiti atu i te raki o te moana o Kaipara ki Oruawharo Mai Oruawharo ki Mangawhai ki te rāwhiti Mai Mangawhai ki Tangiteroria, whakahoki atu ki Waipoua.

Two oceans, two harbours. Kaipara District has approximately 3,117 km2 of land and is one of the few districts in Aotearoa New Zealand that stretches coast to coast; from Ripiro Beach facing the Tasman Sea to Mangawhai Heads on the Pacific Ocean. The district extends from the North Auckland Peninsula south of Kaiwaka and Mangawhai in the southeast, around the foothills of the Brynderwyn Ranges, through the Northland hinterland to reach the mighty Waipoua Forest in the northwest. From there the district reaches down the west coast to the Kaipara Harbour entrance by Poutō Peninsula.

From its stretches of white sandy beaches and surf breaks, secret fishing spots, native forests and rolling green pastures, to its cafes, markets, and open traffic-free roads. The Kaipara District strikes the perfect balance between natural splendour and convenient access to both Auckland and Whangārei cities. The resident population is around 26,000 (Infometrics 2021) and the largest townships are Dargaville and Mangawhai, where the main council offices are situated.

How we work

Organisational values
As the backbone of our workplace culture, our values are incredibly important to us. They’re how we get from just doing business, to serving our customers and community with excellence, and how we make sure each and every member of our staff knows what’s expected of them and how they can succeed.​

Organisation values

Council staff are divided into five operational groups. Each of these groups are managed by one of the Executive Team


Our offices
Kaipara District Council Dargaville offices

Dargaville is our main service centre. Our offices in Dargaville are new and open plan, climate smart, with flexible stand-up desks. About 115 people work from our Dargaville office, although generally a large portion also work on different project sites, or from home. We also operate the Dargaville Library.



Our offices in Mangawhai are centrally located in the Village, where you can access a variety of shops and cafes by foot. There are daycare centres and a primary school nearby. The office is mostly open plan with flexible stand-up desks, private meeting rooms, and quiet spaces. About 60-70 staff work from our Mangawhai office.




If you are joining the Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA), you will be based in our Whangarei office and share the space with staff seconded from other councils (Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council). KDC has approximately 15 staff seconded to the NTA and the NTA has a total of approx. 80 staff. The office is in Walton Plaza, central Whangarei.



Kai Iwi Lakes

Located 35 kms northwest of Dargaville are the iconic Kai Iwi Lakes, one of New Zealand’s best holiday spots to stay and play in. We have a number of staff working onsite at the lakes.