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We are constantly planning and following Ministry of Health advice regarding community and staff health and this includes the potential to reduce services or close non-essential community facilities.

We will let the community know immediately of any changes to services or facility operations in relation to COVID-19.

Council encourages the community to follow the advice, guidance and direction of the Ministry of Health and the Government in their role as the lead agencies.

Official information and updates

For the latest official Government information about everything related to COVID-19 go to Unite against COVID-19

For health advice and information contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) or visit the Ministry of Health website

Golden Rules for Everyone at Alert Level 1

We are currently at Alert Level 1. 

At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

Alert Level 1 Information

Daily Life at Alert Level 1

L2 If Ill stay home 01 If you're sick, stay home
If you're ill, do not go to work or school. Do not socialize. If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
L2 Wash your hands 01 Wash your hands
Wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow, wear a face covering if you can, regularly disinfect surfaces.
L2 Keep track 01 Keep track
Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen. This is to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.

Doing Business at Alert Level 1

L2 Maintain hygene measures 01 Maintain basic hygiene measures
Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
L2 Keep track 01 Keep Track

Keep contact tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction for example workers, contractors or customers.

L2 HS obligations 01 Health & Safety obligations
You must meet all other health and safety obligations.

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COVID-19 Recovery

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COVID-19 Alert System

New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system specifies public health and social measures to be taken against COVID-19.

Current Alert Level 1

We are at Level 1 of New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system.

Visit the COVID-19 website to find out what Alert Level 1 means.

What does Alert Level 1 mean for Wairoa?

At Alert Level 1, the disease is contained but we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community. 

Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand. This includes health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed isolation or quarantine.

As we unite to contain COVID-19, it's important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

We should keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.

Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

Supporting our community

We ask our community to check in on each other and be kind. People will have different experiences during this period. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

More information, financial support, essential services etc.

More information about Alert Level 1 restrictions, financial support, essential services, questions & answers and up to date information about the situation can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz

COVID Alert levels v2

Download alert levels pdf

Latest News

Mahanga Water Supply Closure Referendum

Mahanga Water Supply Closure Referendum

The voting period opens on 27th January 2021 and closes on 19th February 2021.

27 January 2021

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HB councils signal renewed approach to economic development and partnerships for the region

HB councils signal renewed approach to economic development and partnerships for the region

Hawke’s Bay councils will start reviewing future economic development models this week.

27 January 2021

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Possum control programme around Wairoa starts this month

Possum control programme around Wairoa starts this month

A possum control operation will begin around the edge of Wairoa this month.

25 January 2021

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Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards open

Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards open

Wairoa businesses are encouraged to enter this year’s Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awar...

21 January 2021

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Wairoa builds better bridges

Wairoa builds better bridges

Jobs are being created and Wairoa’s bridges are being strengthened thanks to $2.2 million dollars ...

15 January 2021

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New rating model adopted

New rating model adopted

A new rating model reflecting Council’s goal of a less complex system that is affordable and appro...

13 January 2021

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Ruakituri Road closed to vehicles for three weeks

Ruakituri Road closed to vehicles for three weeks

The Ruakituri Road will be closed to vehicles for around three weeks while the Doughboy Bridge is st...

11 January 2021

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Planning for the future

Planning for the future

Council has embarked on a journey to find out how and where its money should be spent.

11 January 2021

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More deliberations to take place on proposed rating model

More deliberations to take place on proposed rating model

Further modelling and investigation will take place before Wairoa District Councillors make a final ...

23 December 2020

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Prestigious national award for Council staff member

Prestigious national award for Council staff member

Wairoa District Council Group Manager of Planning & Regulatory Services, Simon Mutonhori, has been r...

21 December 2020

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Road safety billboards

Road safety billboards

Billboard road safety messaging is popping up around the district.

21 December 2020

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Council 10-year plan engagement about to be launched

Council 10-year plan engagement about to be launched

The community is being invited to give its feedback to Council on how and where it should spend its ...

16 December 2020

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Hummer of a summer on the cards

Hummer of a summer on the cards

Wairoa is preparing for a hummer of summer with expectations of lots of holidaymakers.

14 December 2020

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Opoutama wastewater scheme design phase underway

Opoutama wastewater scheme design phase underway

Wairoa District Council is working towards upgrading the Opoutama /Blue Bay wastewater scheme to mee...

14 December 2020

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Rates review proposal hearing next week

Rates review proposal hearing next week

More than 250 submissions have been lodged in relation to the Wairoa District Council rates review p...

8 December 2020

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Visitor spend continues to grow

Visitor spend continues to grow

Wairoa’s visitor spend is remaining strong.

8 December 2020

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Tourism funding supports new Clyde Court toilet unit

Tourism funding supports new Clyde Court toilet unit

A brand-new modernised toilet facility that will cost Council the same as upgrading the existing toi...

4 December 2020

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Three Waters boost for Wairoa infrastructure

Three Waters boost for Wairoa infrastructure

A post COVID-19 stimulus on steroids will see more than $11m invested into Wairoa’s Three Waters i...

3 December 2020

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Trade waste education programme being rolled out

Trade waste education programme being rolled out

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3 December 2020

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Rates review attracts more than 100 submissions

Rates review attracts more than 100 submissions

More than 100 submissions relating to the Wairoa District Council rates review proposal have been lo...

2 December 2020

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Twelve nominations for Youth Council

Twelve nominations for Youth Council

Wairoa’s recently launched Youth Council initiative has drawn 12 nominations.

2 December 2020

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Calling all film buffs

Calling all film buffs

If you love movies and helping the community then becoming a Gaiety Theatre volunteer is the perfect...

1 December 2020

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A cracker of a Christmas market

A cracker of a Christmas market

Wairoa’s Christmas Market day is shaping up to be a cracker with stall spots filling up fast.

30 November 2020

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Mahanga water supply referendum

Mahanga water supply referendum

A referendum on the Mahanga drinking water will be held next year.

20 November 2020

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17 November 2020

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Native life thriving at Whakamahia

Native life thriving at Whakamahia

Controlling pests at Whakamahia Lagoon is allowing the birds and plants to thrive.

12 November 2020

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Linking rangatahi with sustainable employment

Linking rangatahi with sustainable employment

Two young Wairoa people will be working locally to assist rangatahi into employment.

12 November 2020

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Technology boost for tourism

Technology boost for tourism

Breaking down technical barriers was the driver behind a marketing workshop held for local tourism o...

12 November 2020

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Māori Standing Committee selection process underway

Māori Standing Committee selection process underway

The Māori Standing Committee selection process is underway with whānau encouraged to put their nam...

11 November 2020

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Road closure while Doughboy Bridge strengthened

Road closure while Doughboy Bridge strengthened

Strengthening of the Doughboy Bridge on the Ruakituri Road will see the road closed for around three...

11 November 2020

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Funding boost for library

Funding boost for library

Funding to upskill librarians to provide greater support to library users and bolster reading and di...

9 November 2020

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Christmas party time

Christmas party time

The festive season is fast approaching, and this year Wairoa will celebrate Christmas with a party!

4 November 2020

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Levels of service

Levels of service

Levels of service will be a major discussion point for our Council and community in 2021 says Wairoa...

4 November 2020

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Facility Status
Wairoa Community Centre OPEN
Wairoa District Council office (available on (06) 838 7309 24/7) OPEN
Wairoa Library OPEN
Wairoa i-SITE OPEN
Gaiety Theatre OPEN
Events Date Status
Wairoa Riverside Market 21 & 28 March, 4 April 2020 Cancelled
ANZAC Day 25 April 2020 Cancelled
Māori Film Festival Gala Night 6 June 2020 Cancelled
Matariki Concert Night 19 June 2020 Cancelled
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