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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.

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

All of New Zealand will move to the traffic light settings at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December 2021.

Wairoa District will move into Red. More information about the traffic light settings can be found here.

Latest News

Economic Development Committee meeting will be held online

Economic Development Committee meeting will be held online

Economic Development Committee meeting on December 7 will be held online via ZOOM conference.

6 December 2021

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By Wairoa for Wairoa COVID planning

By Wairoa for Wairoa COVID planning

A ‘By Wairoa for Wairoa’ approach to COVID pandemic planning is being used as a benchmark by Haw...

2 December 2021

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Steady increase in values across Wairoa District over the past three years

Steady increase in values across Wairoa District over the past three years

The Wairoa District Rating Revaluation for 2021 is now confirmed and property owners will soon recei...

2 December 2021

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Maori Standing Committee meeting will be held online.

Maori Standing Committee meeting will be held online.

Maori Standing Committee meeting on December 2 will be held online via ZOOM conference.

1 December 2021

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Wairoa under red traffic light system

Wairoa under red traffic light system

Wairoa will come under the Government’s COVID-19 Red Traffic Light setting from Friday, December 3...

1 December 2021

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Plans to light up Christmas

Plans to light up Christmas

Wairoa’s Christmas festivities won’t be quite as sparkly this year. Due to COVID-19 level 2 and...

30 November 2021

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Roll up your sleeves Wairoa

Roll up your sleeves Wairoa

Wairoa is on target to reach 90% of the community being double vaccinated against COVID-19.

24 November 2021

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Collaborative local COVID planning

Collaborative local COVID planning

A Wairoa-led response to the continually changing COVID-19 situation is being developed by local com...

23 November 2021

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COVID in Hawke’s Bay

COVID in Hawke’s Bay

COVID-19 is getting closer to Wairoa following the Ministry of Health confirmation that a man who is...

23 November 2021

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Housing co-ordinator welcomed

Housing co-ordinator welcomed

New doors are opening on Wairoa’s approach to housing with a housing group co-ordinator appointed ...

18 November 2021

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Final Tautoko Wairoa

Final Tautoko Wairoa

The final week of the Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local and Win promotion saw Liz Kirwan who shopped at Petit...

18 November 2021

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New water regulator in place

New water regulator in place

Taumata Arowai became the official water services regulator for Aotearoa on Monday.

16 November 2021

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Council reinforces stance against three waters proposal

Council reinforces stance against three waters proposal

Wairoa District Councillors have reinforced their strong stance against the government’s three wat...

10 November 2021

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New recycling times for Ruakituri and Te Reinga

New recycling times for Ruakituri and Te Reinga

New times have been allocated for the free recycling collection at Ruakituri and Te Reinga. Smart...

9 November 2021

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Next steps for three waters services

Next steps for three waters services

The next steps around the government’s announcement to legislate to mandate local councils to hand...

9 November 2021

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Tautoko Wairoa, buy locally and win

Tautoko Wairoa, buy locally and win

Airini Rewi who shopped locally at the Wairoa Star was this week's winner of the Tautoko Wairoa Buy...

8 November 2021

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Wairoa pitches rural life to young city-dwellers

Wairoa pitches rural life to young city-dwellers

Wairoa is taking a fresh approach to powering up their district by targeting young people in cities ...

4 November 2021

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New January date for Mahia FAWC event

New January date for Mahia FAWC event

Wairoa’s sold out Mahia-based FAWC event has had a new date set.

4 November 2021

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Wairoa District Council cannot support Government's Three Waters Reform

Wairoa District Council cannot support Government's Three Waters Reform

Mayor of Wairoa Craig Little is horrified at the Government’s apparent disinterest in listening to...

1 November 2021

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Infrastructure Committee Meeting will be held online

Infrastructure Committee Meeting will be held online

Infrastructure Committee Meeting will be held online via Zoom conference

1 November 2021

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Tautoko Wairoa

Tautoko Wairoa

Wairoa shoppers continue to back the local businesses participating in the Tautoko shop and buy loca...

31 October 2021

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Councils shocked Government is pushing through Three Waters Reforms

Councils shocked Government is pushing through Three Waters Reforms

Community concerns have been ignored, local decision-making will be lost

28 October 2021

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Tautoko shop and win

Tautoko shop and win

Shopping at Hammer Hardware has proven to be a winning formula for the second week in a row in the T...

28 October 2021

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Maori Standing Committee Meeting will be held online

Maori Standing Committee Meeting will be held online

Maori Standing Committee Meeting on October 28 will be held online via ZOOM conference.

27 October 2021

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Making the most of Wairoa’s outdoor environment

Making the most of Wairoa’s outdoor environment

Summertime is heating up and the Wairoa district is preparing for its usual influx of visitors.

21 October 2021

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Negative test for COVID close contact

Negative test for COVID close contact

A local person has tested negative for COVID-19 after being a close contact of a positive COVID-19 c...

21 October 2021

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Inaugural Tautoko winner drawn

Inaugural Tautoko winner drawn

Wairoa is celebrating its first Tautoko buy local winner. Derek Ormond, who shopped local at Ham...

20 October 2021

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Help keep our district rubbish free

Help keep our district rubbish free

Council will be increasing its rubbish collection in line with the boost of summer visitors but is a...

20 October 2021

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Annual Report adopted

Annual Report adopted

Increased complexity of the Wairoa District Council’s business was not a hurdle to bringing the 20...

20 October 2021

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Local Three Waters feedback appreciated

Local Three Waters feedback appreciated

The Wairoa community did not hold back on expressing their opinions on the Government’s Three Wate...

14 October 2021

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Tautoko Wairoa - buy local and win

Tautoko Wairoa - buy local and win

Around 25 local businesses are giving you a chance to win - just by shopping and buying locally.

14 October 2021

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Prime Minister brings pro-vaccine message to town

Prime Minister brings pro-vaccine message to town

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tik tok’d her way through Wairoa on Friday afternoon as part of a ro...

12 October 2021

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Tautoko Wairoa - buy local and win

Tautoko Wairoa - buy local and win

Buying locally now also gives shoppers a chance to win. Everyone who spends $30 or more at partic...

12 October 2021

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Just a couple of clicks to lodge a request

Just a couple of clicks to lodge a request

The Wairoa District Council invites all local people to help keep our district in tip top shape.

12 October 2021

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Roll up your sleeves and bring a mate!

Roll up your sleeves and bring a mate!

The Prime Minister will be visiting Wairoa as part of a vaccination drive with a particular focus on...

7 October 2021

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Wairoa Mayor speaks out on Government's Three Waters proposal

Wairoa Mayor speaks out on Government's Three Waters proposal

I believe there is a strong mandate from Councils and communities across our country for Government ...

5 October 2021

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Councillor Jeremy Harker stands down as Chairman of Council's Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Councillor Jeremy Harker stands down as Chairman of Council's Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Councillor Jeremy Harker signalled his formal intention to stand down as Chairman of Wairoa District...

29 September 2021

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National appointment for Council manager

National appointment for Council manager

Wairoa District Council’s digital technology focus is being recognised nationally with the appoint...

28 September 2021

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Wairoa District Council - Three Waters Reform Proposal Submission

Wairoa District Council - Three Waters Reform Proposal Submission

Wairoa District Councillors have indicated a strong preference to pursue a Hawke’s Bay Three Water...

28 September 2021

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Online Meetings

Online Meetings

Council is continuing to hold meetings via Zoom video link.

27 September 2021

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Trade Waste amnesty period continues

Trade Waste amnesty period continues

Around half the local businesses identified as needing Trade Waste consents have stepped up during t...

27 September 2021

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Success through tourism fund

Success through tourism fund

Public toilet facilities will be improved and built at Mahanga and Te Reinga following a successful ...

27 September 2021

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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...

21 September 2021

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FAWC event sold out

FAWC event sold out

Tickets to Wairoa’s latest summer food and wine event sold out in just 48 hours. The FAWC (Food a...

21 September 2021

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Rates rebate

Rates rebate

Hundreds of people living in the Wairoa community could qualify for financial assistance to help pay...

20 September 2021

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Floodwater health and safety

Floodwater health and safety

Wairoa District Council has been working closely with the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in rel...

18 September 2021

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Heavy rainfall event

Heavy rainfall event

Significant rainfall in the Wairoa district has caused surface flooding but no major issues.

17 September 2021

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Doctorate for Council IT team member

Doctorate for Council IT team member

People and problem solving were the drivers behind Wairoa District Council’s Dr Hanif Deylami’s ...

16 September 2021

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Wairoa advocates appointed to regional leadership group

Wairoa advocates appointed to regional leadership group

Two Wairoa advocates have been appointed as Wairoa’s representatives on the newly established Hawk...

14 September 2021

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Cultural Activator for Wairoa District

Cultural Activator for Wairoa District

Alex-Ann Edwards was recently appointed as a Cultural Activator for the Wairoa district.

14 September 2021

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Emergency funding boost for roading network

Emergency funding boost for roading network

Wairoa’s rural roading network has received a multimillion-dollar boost from Waka Kotahi NZ Transp...

13 September 2021

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Councils not convinced Government’s Three Waters reform proposal is right for Hawke’s Bay

Councils not convinced Government’s Three Waters reform proposal is right for Hawke’s Bay

Local Government leaders and iwi representatives are not convinced Government’s proposal for Three...

13 September 2021

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Free eBooks anytime, anywhere

Free eBooks anytime, anywhere

Wairoa Library readers can now access a whole new range of books through an alternative ebook platfo...

9 September 2021

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Alert Level 2 requirements

Alert Level 2 requirements

Wairoa, along with the rest of the country, excluding Auckland, will move into Alert Level 2 from mi...

7 September 2021

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Tautoko Wairoa

Tautoko Wairoa

Wairoa will be back in business tomorrow when the country, excluding Auckland, will move into Alert ...

7 September 2021

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Status of Council Facilities and Services

The below Council facilities will be open and will be operating under the current COVID-19 guidelines. Normal operating hours will apply unless stated otherwise:

  • Council Office
  • Freedom Camping Sites
  • Funerals (in keeping with government guidelines)
  • The Gaiety Theatre
  • iSite
  • Landfill
  • Library
  • Community Centre (bookings required, for more information see https://www.facebook.com/wairoacommunitycentre/)
  • Mountain Bike Park
  • All Playgrounds
  • Public Toilets
  • Recycling collections
  • Refuse collections - only pre-paid refuse bags will be accepted from Monday 13 September 2021
  • Water Fountains
 
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