Covid-19

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Last updated: Sunday 28 February 2021

All of New Zealand, except for the "Auckland area", is now at Alert Level 2 for at least seven days. The "Auckland area" is at Alert Level 3 for the same period of time.

Parts of Northern Waikato District are also in Level 3. This includes Port Waikato. To view the boundaries and checkpoints, click here.

At Alert Level 2, you can go to work and school, but should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.

Those in Northern Waikato District in Level 3, please visit Covid-19 site.

Service changes

For the areas in the North of our district under Level 3 restrictions, the following are closed:

  • Community halls
  • Tuakau swimming pool
  • Tuakau office
  • Playgrounds
  • Pukekohe pound.

To check if this affects you, please click here.

In Level 2 areas, all recreation and community facilities are open.

Rubbish and recycling

At this stage, rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal in most areas.

However, there may be queues at the Mercer Level 3 police checkpoint which could slow down turnaround times at the Hampton Downs landfill for the trucks servicing the northern parts of our district. This may lead to delayed collections.

Recreation and Community Facilities

For the areas in the North of our district under Level 3 restrictions, the following are closed:

  • Community halls
  • Tuakau swimming pool
  • Tuakau office
  • Playgrounds
  • Pukekohe pound.

To check if this affects you, please click here.

In Level 2 areas, all recreation and community facilities are open.

Rates

Waikato District Council is committed to helping our communities run smoothly. We provide a range of services and facilities to the community and the rates you pay allow us to do this. 

There are about 30,000 properties in the district on which rates are payable for maintaining 2,434kms of roads, 51 neighbourhood reserves, 43 sports parks, 12 skate parks, six libraries, three swimming pools, and for the planning, licensing and other services that the Council supplies.  Our targeted rates also help cover assets like 31 water reservoirs, 10 water treatment plants, 9 wastewater treatment plants, 34 community halls, as well as the refuse services that we supply.

If you are experiencing hardship, please contact Waikato District Council by email to rates@waidc.govt.nz or phone 0800 492 452 to discuss and arrange a payment plan or apply for assistance through rates remission/rates rebate.

Libraries

All our libraries/ service centres are open apart from Tuakau. Please ring ahead or check out the Waikato District Libraries Facebook group to confirm opening hours. 

Hand sanitiser stations will still be available to use and QR code posters will be in place to help you contact trace.

Consents

We will confirm the consents process during Level 3 on Monday 1 March.

 

Building services

    Inspections will continue as normal in the Level 2 areas of the district. We will confirm inspections under Level 2.

    For more details email building.enquiries@waidc.govt.nz

    For the most up-to-date information about the New Zealand COVID-19 situation visit www.COVID19.govt.nz

    If you need help with financial assistance, please ring Work and Income on 0800 559 009.

    If you are a foreign national in serious hardship due to COVID-19, and are looking for support, please phone 0800 733 276 which is 0800 REDCROSS.

    If you require social service support (food grants etc) please visit www.msd.govt.nz or phone 0800 559 009

    If your situation is urgent and you need food within the next 24-48 hours, you can contact a local food bank

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