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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

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Find out more about the status of:

COVID-19 recovery effort in Wairoa

Tautoko Wairoa, Buy Local... & WIN!

Council and the Wairoa Post-Settlement Governance Entity Tatau Tatau o Te Wairoa have rolled out the Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local and Win Campaign.

This is part of the wider Wairoa post-COVID economic recovery plan (which Courtney has been working hard on. You may need to get more information from her about this).

This promotion is part of the Wairoa District Council Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local campaign to support local businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

To enter, just spend $30 or more at a participating store, and write your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and drop it in the entry box.

Every week a draw will be held, and one lucky shopper will have a chance to win a $100 credit to spend at a participating store.

There is no limit on the entries per person. The more entries the more chances to win.

The shop and win campaign will run until the end of August.

As part of this promotion, Council has initiated the Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local campaign, which includes branding that aligns to these principles.

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Wairoa Rangatahi Into Employment Fund

Council is now actively promoting the Wairoa Rangatahi Into Employment Fund.

The Wairoa Rangatahi Into Employment Fund aims to improve skills and employment opportunities for young people (aged 16 to 25) in the Wairoa District. The Wairoa Community Partnership Governance Group will oversee this funding and approve expenditure via a small sub-group of members.

This initiative will look first at programmes, services and funding already in place to support young people into work and complement those supports if needed. The majority of the funds should be used to benefit rangatahi directly.

In the COVID-19 recovery phase, Council understands how important it is for rangatahi aged 16 to 25 to seek as much support as possible to access the resources needed for sustained employment opportunities, and/or the desire to upskill.

Council has so far approved 12 rangatahi applications to this fund, and are actively seeking more rangatahi interest.

Visit our Rangatahi into Employment page for more information and to apply.

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Pakihi Ora

Pakihi Ora was a business wellness initiative developed by the partnership between Wairoa District Council and Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa.

Undertaken by JMP consulting, the aim was to connect with businesses to examine how they have been impacted and what practical support was required moving out of lockdown and through the COVID-19 levels.

Pakihi Ora engaged with over 60 businesses across the Wairoa District and identified a range of needs including support relating to finances and compliance, strategic and business planning, sales and marketing and improving online presence and e-commerce.

Whakamanahia Te Wairoa

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust and Wairoa District Council have come together to develop a community-driven, aligned, focused, and coordinated socio-economic response to COVID-19, supporting the Wairoa region, its communities, and peoples.

This response focuses on immediate actions, employment, short and long-term projects, that address the current response and aligns with the aims of Wairoa.

Download the response plan

Recovery Information

Find information about recovery, community grants, provider capability & resilience, food secure communities and other topics that are related to COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development Website or download the pdf files in the sections below.

Community Grants, Provider Capability & resilience

Investing in the Resilience and Recovery of Providers

Strengthening the Capability of the Community Sector

Supporting Under-served Rural and Provincial Communities

Food Secure Communities

Visit the Ministry of Social Development website for more information about food secure communities or download the pdf below.

Strengthening Community Access to Food and Food Security

Family Violence, Sexual Violence

Find out what the Government is doing to respond to the increased demand for family violence services through funding for family violence services through budget 2020 to build a sustainable future for family violence services.

Supporting Specialist Family Violence Services

Increasing Specialist Family Violence Services

Building Financial Capabilities

Building Financial Capability (BFC) is a range of services and products that help people, families and whānau experiencing hardship to build their financial capability and resilience. Find out more on the Ministry of Social Development website.

Government Information for Businesses

Visit the government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. This is where you’ll find information about:

  • latest news and updates
  • operating at Alert Level 1
  • financial support for businesses
  • employment and work visas
  • leases and tenancies
  • exporters and importers
  • working from home.

Golden Rules for Everyone at Alert Level 1

Starting at 11:59pm on Monday, 8 June 2020 we will be at Alert Level 1. Until then, we will remain at Alert Level 2 and all rules and restrictions remain in place.

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

Alert Level 1 Information

Daily Life at Alert Level 1

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.
Wash your hands 01 Wash your hands
Wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
Self Isolation 01 If told to self-isolate, you must do so
If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately. 
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.
Travel 01 You can travel between regions
Everyone can return without restriction to domestic travel.
gatherings 01 Gatherings
Everyone can get together with as many people as they want.

Doing Business at Alert Level 1

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.
Keep track 01 Keep Track

Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.

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

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, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

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

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

We should all continue to 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 had different experiences over the last couple of months. 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

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Post-pandemic local retail therapy just got even better.

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Draft Annual Plan to be considered by Council

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Just a couple of clicks to lodge a request

Just a couple of clicks to lodge a request

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Check new regulations before you build

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New exemptions to the Building Act will allow more work to be undertaken without a building consent.

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Proposed rates increase kept as low as possible

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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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