Te Anau comes under the jurisdiction of the Southland District Council and is represented by a community board that is elected to cover the entire ward. Currently the Te Anau Community Board is chaired by Alistair Lukes with five sitting board members. For more information about Southland District Council please click here.

Property owners in Te Anau and Southland pay an annual fee for council services and activities. This includes a local rate and a roading rate, which are set down yearly by the Southland District Council.

New Zealand’s central government provides funding for rate rebates for low-income homeowners. This can be applied for through the local Southland Council. For more information about rates please click here.