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UPDATE - Waikato District Council temporary office closure

Waikato District Council offices and libraries will remain closed for the rest of today following receipt of a message this morning from a caller threatening to visit a council office with harmful intent.  All non-essential staff have been sent home.

Council libraries will open tomorrow (Saturday 13 August) as usual and council offices will re-open on Monday morning.

The Council’s Chief Executive Gavin Ion says, “We notified the police and closed our offices and libraries as a first response and we continue to stay in contact with the police as we manage the situation. We take any threat to our staff seriously and place their safety first.”

He says the Council has notified residents and ratepayers about the council office and library closure on social media and apologises for any inconvenience to the general public.