Essential water use only - Te Kuiti

*** Te Kuiti is in Level 4 Water Restrictions

Please conserve water immediately and reduce usage to essential use only.

COVID-19

POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES IN WAITOMO DISTRICT

We have 3 active positive cases of COVID-19 in Te Kuiti, and 0 in Piopio.

Testing is available at Te Kuiti Medical Centre.

If you are experiencing any symptoms, please get a test, and if you haven’t been vaccinated, please also consider doing so.

 

Waitomo District is now in the Orange Traffic Light Setting.

Download Ministry of Development's factsheet about support for the Waitomo District (PDF 184 KB)

Read about the new traffic light system here

 

Our Customer Services Team - Orange 

Our Queen Street office and Te Kuiti i-SITE is open to the public 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

From 9am on Monday 24 January 2022, anyone aged 12 years three months and older will need to provide a valid Covid-19 Vaccination Pass to enter the facility.

WDC Customer Services remain available 24/7 by email: info@waitomo.govt.nz  or by calling: 0800 932 4357.

All of WDC's customer services functions are also available at the Te Kuiti i-SITE. Feel free to visit our friendly customer services representatives at the i-SITE on Rora Street.

For the safety of all, people aged 12 years and older must wear a face covering when entering our premises; scan in with the NZ Covid Tracer App or manually sign in; and observe the 1m distancing rule. 

 

Waitomo District Library - Orange

Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. 

From 10am on Monday 24 January 2022, anyone aged 12 years three months and older will need to provide a valid Covid-19 Vaccination Pass to enter the facility.

For the safety of all, people aged 12 years and older must wear a face covering when entering our premises; scan in with the NZ Covid Tracer App or manually sign in; and observe the 1m distancing rule. 

Our online services are still available to our customers, including downloadable e-books/e-audiobooks and our Epic database.  

Any library queries can be directed to library@waitomo.govt.nz or info@waitomo.govt.nz.

 

Waitomo District Aquatic Centre - Orange

Our pool will is open to the public and operating under normal opening hours. 

From 8am on Monday 24 January 2022, anyone aged 12 years three months and older will need to provide a valid Covid-19 Vaccination Pass to enter the facility.

See more information here

 

Do it online

We encourage you to make request services, use online maps, and report issues online.

Building consents can also be applied for online

Dog registrations, water and property rates, and debtor account payments can be paid by telephone or internet banking. More payment options can be found here

 

Kerbside Collection and Recycling  - Orange

Kerbside collection in Te Kuiti will take place on Friday as normal. Piopio, Mokau/Awakino, and the Waitomo ward and Village collection day is Tuesday as  normal. Please ensure your blue bags are placed outside before 8am. 

 

Transfer Stations and Landfill - Orange

Te Kuiti Transfer Station hours will be from 9am to 3pm. Under the Orange setting, the landfill will only operate Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Maniaiti/Benneydale Transfer Station will only be open on Sundays from 9am to 1pm. 

Piopio Transfer Station will only be open Mondays and Sundays.

The rest of our rural transfer stations are operating normal days and hours.

Please see the schedule below for the full list of operating hours for our landfill and rural transfer stations under the Orange setting.

 

TE KUITI: 

Wednesday - open 9am - 3pm. All waste and recycling accepted.

Friday - open 9am - 3pm. All waste and recycling accepted.

Saturday – open 9am - 3pm. All waste and recycling accepted.

Closed all other days

 

PIOPIO:

Monday – open 9am – 3pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Sunday – open 1pm - 5pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Closed all other days

 

MANIAITI/BENNEYDALE:

Sunday – open 9am - 1pm. All waste and recycling accepted.

Closed all other days.

 

KINOHAKU:

Monday – open 9am - 1pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Sunday – open 12pm - 4pm. All waste and recycling accepted.

Closed all other days.

 

MAROKOPA:

Monday – open 9am - 1pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Friday - open 9am-1pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Saturday – open 8am-12pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Sunday – open 10am-2pm. All waste and recycling accepted

Closed all other days

 

AWAKINO:

Sunday – open 12pm - 4pm. All waste and recycling accepted. Closed all other days.

 

Please note:

All visitors will be required to scan QR codes/or complete a manual entry form

All visitors must wear a face covering

Access to sites will be controlled, so please be patient.

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Public Toilets 

Public toilets are open to the public under the Orange setting.

 

Holiday Parks

All visitors will be required to scan QR codes/or complete a manual entry form

 

Playgrounds

All playgrounds are open. Please adhere to the 2m physical distancing rules.

 

Animal Control

Please phone 0800 932 4357 or email info@waitomo.govt.nz with any animal control issues.

 

 

COVID-19 Support Information

If you are unwell

  • If you are 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 on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.

  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.

Click here (PDF 163 KB) to view the All of Government contact support information factsheet

For more information about COVID-19 visit the Government website.

Keep up to date with new locations of interest

Keep up to date with the latest information from Waikato DHB

If you are in need of financial support, please contact the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) on 0800 559 009.

Visit the Work and Income website to apply for a Covid-19 wage subsidy

Keep up to date with information from Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management

Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254

For mental health support, phone or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellor

Contact Waitomo Waipa Womens Refuge 24/7 on 0800 733 843

Violence Free Maniapoto 021 381 428

For all whanau services, contact Maniapoto Whanau Ora Centre 07 878 3680

Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust 027 404 7220

Te Kuiti Community House Trust 027 814 4663

Te Kuiti Foodbank 021 254 6868

Te Korowai Aroha Foodbank 020 4147 7870

Maternity Resource Centre 0800 563 133

Lifeline 0800 543 354

If you need help with financial assistance, or you require social service support (food grants, etc), please visit the Ministry for Social Development at www.msd.govt.nz or phone 0800 559 009. This support is available to anyone who needs it.

It is normal to feel anxious or stressed in times of difficulty. There are useful tips on how to stay mentally healthy, as well as information on where you can get help, at Unite Against COVID-19

 

OMICRON

Omicron remains at the border for now, but it is likely to be in our communities soon. We know from other countries that it can take as little as 14 days for Omicron case numbers to grow from the hundreds into the thousands.
Once Omicron is spreading in the community, we will have higher case numbers than we have ever experienced before.
While many people who become infected with Omicron will not get critically unwell, others will. That's why it's important we prepare now.
Traffic lights
When we have evidence of Omicron spreading in the community, the whole country will move into Red within 24 to 48 hours. The Red setting allows businesses to remain open and domestic travel to continue, but includes mask wearing and gathering restrictions to help slow the spread of the virus and keep pressure off our health system.
Changes to testing
At this time, we use PCR testing as our primary way of identifying cases. We have the capacity to do 40,000 tests a day across the country without any strain on the system.
We know that with wider spread, this system will need to change. There will be a focus on those who are symptomatic, vulnerable, essential workers and close contacts.
Testing will remain free, and available locally. Rapid antigen tests, commonly known as RATs will be used more widely.
What you need to do now
- If you’re 18 and over, get your booster dose 4 months after your last dose. The booster reduces the severity of illness if you get Omicron. It means you’re much less likely to end up in hospital than if you don’t have a booster. Get your booster here: BookMyVaccine.nz
- Make a plan if your family have to self-isolate. Download a suggested plan here: covid19.govt.nz/be-prepared
- Businesses should start planning, as well as supporting their workforce to get a booster. Familiarise yourself with the leave support scheme that gives financial support while people are isolating: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/.../leave.../index.html
More information on how to prepare and stay safe can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/prepare-and-stay-safe/

 

A GUIDE TO HOME QUARANTINE - WHANAU/HOUSEHOLD MEMBER & PATIENT

These guides have all the information you need to quarantine at home when yourself or someone you live with test positive for COVID-19.

Click on the images below to read these great guides

(PDF 4.21 MB)            (PDF 6.33 MB)

 

 

ISOLATING AT HOME WITH COVID-19

It's about protecting our Whakapapa.

Click on the images below to read the guidance on self-isolating at home. 

          (PDF 64 KB) (PDF 917 KB)

 

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE UNDECIDED

Click on the images below to read about how to have a conversation with the undecided

(PDF 821 KB)

 

 

Business Support Information

Click here to find out about what financial support you can get for your business

Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Wage Subsidy Scheme allows eligible employers to apply for support if they expect a loss of 40 percent of revenue as a result of the alert level increase.  The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 is a payment for employers to keep paying staff and protect jobs. Applications will be open from 9 am on Friday, 20 August 2021, for two weeks.

Find out more

Resurgence Support Payment 

The Resurgence Support Payment is available for small businesses that experience a loss of 30 percent of revenue as a result of the alert level increase to level 2 or higher. Eligible businesses can apply to receive up to $1500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent employee, up to a maximum of 50 full-time employees. Applications will open at 8am on 24 August 2021.

Find out  more

Business Helpline

If you have questions about Alert levels, how to access Government business support or general resources, call the business helpline. The helpline is free and can be accessed by calling 0800 500 362 for the North Island, or 0800 50 50 96 for the South Island.
 
It can offer you:

  • specific advice and access to government business support
  • advice on what Alert Levels mean for your business
  • HR and general business advice and access to online resources and webinars
  • connections to business advisory services.

Find out more

Te Waka

Te Waka has put together some helpful links which can be accessed here