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This page contains information about how Council's website is designed to ensure that it is accessible to all users.
Updated: 21/06/2018 11:18 a.m.

This website has been developed following the principles of the New Zealand Government Web Standards, which aim to ensure that government websites are accessible to all users. Also incorporated into the site design are the W3C standards for HTML 4.01, CSS2, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. 

Web accessibility

Web accessibility and usability both improve ease of website use. Usability is aimed at ensuring that all website users have a better experience of the website.

Accessibility is aimed at ensuring that all users have equal access to a website and no group or individual is disadvantaged through their inability to use some features or functions.

We have developed this website to ensure we meet the needs of those with the following impairments.


Visual impairments including blindness, various common types of low vision and poor eyesight and various types of colour blindness.


Difficulty or inability to use the hands, including tremors, muscle slowness, loss of fine muscle control etc, due to conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and stroke.


Developmental disabilities, learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.), and cognitive disabilities of various origins, affecting memory, attention, developmental "maturity," problem-solving and logic skills.


Deafness or hearing impairments, including individuals who are hard of hearing;


Photoepileptic seizures caused by visual strobe or flashing effects.

Website navigation

Access keys help you navigate this site by using keyboard shortcuts to get to important pages.

Access Keys and their functions  

Key Page Location
[ Skip to beginning of main content in the current page
n Skip to navigation
List of Access Keys 
Whangarei District Council Homepage 
2 Site Map
3 Search
9 Contact Us


Access Key combinations

Operating System  Browser Access Key Combination 
PC Windows  Internet Explorer 4 and above  ALT + Access Key (to focus the link) + ENTER to activate 
PC Windows K-meleon  ALT + Access Key 
PC Windows  Mozilla  ALT + Access Key 
PC Windows  Netscape 6 and above  ALT + Access Key  
PC Windows  Opera 7  SHIFT + ESC, followed by Access Key  
MAC OS 9  Internet Explorer 4 and 4.5  Not supported 
MAC OS 9  Mozilla  Not supported 
MAC OS 9 Netscape 4  Not supported 
MAC OS 9  Opera  Not supported 
MAC OS X I-Cab 2.8 CONTROL + Access Key *
* you may need to click on the page first
MAC OS X Internet Explorer 5 and 5.1 CONTROL + Access Key *
* some systems require CONTROL + COMMAND + AccessKey
MAC OS X Mozilla Not supported
MAC OS X Netscape 6 and above CONTROL + Access Key
MAC OS X OmniWeb 4 Not supported
MAC OS X Opera Not supported
MAC OS X Safari Not supported
NOTE: The use of access keys may vary depending on your browser and operating system.


Cascading Style Sheets

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used throughout the site to style web pages. The use of CSS means that web pages are smaller in size, and more accessible to all browsers,  screen readers and handheld devices with small screens.

Other browsers that simply choose not to support CSS will render plain HTML and should not have any readability problems. 

Contact us

If you have specific enquiries about this website, please contact us.

Phone: +64 9 430 4200


Whangarei District Council owns this website and the information, images and photographs in it are subject to copyright. No portion may be copied or republished without prior permission of Whangarei District Council. We have made every reasonable effort to provide accurate and reliable information. The use of any information is at the website visitor’s own risk and discretion.