The Horizons Region extends from Tararua in the east to Whanganui in the west, down to Horowhenua and up to Ruapehu. It’s a landscape as vast and varied as the over 240,000 people who call it home. At Horizons Regional Council we work to make our Region a great place to live, work and play.

While your city or district council is responsible for community services in your area, such as road maintenance, libraries, determining land use and subdivisions, Horizons' responsibilities include managing the Region's natural resources, leading regional land transport planning, contracting passenger transport services and coordinating our Region's response to natural disasters. Some of our activities span several city and district council boundary lines and our jurisdiction extends 12 nautical miles out to sea. As a result we work closely with these councils and other agencies on some issues to ensure they are managed to benefit the entire Region.

Our Council is made up of 12 elected Councillors who collectively decide on suitable plans and policies for the Region. Our Executive Management Team then decides how to implement these plans and policies effectively. View a map of our Region and find out more about our role in your community.