Your Council

The Gore District Council is one of three local authorities in Southland, the southern most province of New Zealand. 

We look after the Gore District, which covers an area of 1250km² and at the 2013 census had a population of 12,033. The two main towns in the district are Gore and Mataura, with the smaller settlements of Pukerau, Waikaka and Mandeville.

There are 12 elected representatives on the Council, including the mayor, and a staff of 83, which includes full and part-time positions.

Our brand represents an attitude and way of doing things that resonates with the people who live here and those who visit. It is what we stand for – being helpful, being polite, being transparent, being friendly, being consistent and being enthusiastic.

Our vision is to provide an environment that allows people  to enjoy the lifestyle and culture of their choice, and to ensure our District stands out as a place to live, work and play.

We aim to

  • ensure a sustainable environment for future generations
  • encourage participation by the people
  • provide efficient, quality services and facilities that meet the affordable needs and aspirations of the people

If you want to pay rates, discuss building, planning or regulatory requirements, or have a general enquiry please visit us at the Civic Centre in Bowler Avenue, Gore, or the Mataura Service Centre, in McQueen Avenue, Mataura.

General enquiries can also be made by phoning 03 209 0330 or emailing

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: