Keeping you up-to-date with what's happening at Council

Welcome to the first edition of Waikato District News! This e-newsletter has been established to help keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the Waikato district.

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A message from our Mayor

Hello everyone, I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay in these challenging times. Everyone has been affected differently by the COVID-19 lockdown. For some it has been tough, losing jobs, being isolated from friends, or simply being disconnected from their normal lives. For others it has meant different ways of working and communicating. Hopefully we can learn from these and grow and adapt as we get back to life as “normal”.

My councilors and I have had to get our heads around video conferencing – this has been useful and means we are now better placed to work from home in the future when needed. This new e-newsletter is also a result of the COVID-19 effect. In this environment news changes rapidly and we need different channels to communicate with customers and residents. I ask that you share this e-newsletter with your networks. We will continue to use Waikato District News as a primary channel for sharing information with you. 

Mayor Allan.

Alert Level 3 service changes

A number of Waikato District Council services will resume when the country moves to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April.

But Council hasn’t been resting on its laurels during this time – staff have been carrying out a major role in supporting the local, regional and national Civil Defence efforts. Read more.

Other changes to be aware of

  • Rubbish and recycling collections following ANZAC Day
    Rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later than normal next week due to the public holiday on Monday, 27 April for ANZAC Day. This excludes Raglan and Port Waikato where collections remain the same.
  • Clean and separate your recycling
    A big thank you to everyone making the extra effort to clean and separate your recycling.
    We need you to put glass in one, plastic and tin in another, and cardboard/paper separate as usual. If you only have one recycling crate, put glass out one week and plastic and tin the next. Doing this keeps our contractors safe.
  • Boat ramps closed
    Harbourmasters around the country are working closely with the Police and other agencies to make sure that people are ‘staying in their bubble’ and are not venturing out on the water. All boat ramps will remain closed during Alert Level 3.
  • Library service changes
    All library book drops are closed, so for now hold on to your books. All items have been extended and any fines during the lockdown period will be waived.
    Don't forget you can visit a virtual library from the comfort of your own home with over 18,000 free resources available online! Your PIN is the last four digits of your library membership number.
  • Who let the dogs out?
    Our Animal Control team have been dealing with an increase in dog attacks since the lockdown.
    Please make sure your dog is secure on your property and remember, regardless of the situation, they need to be on a leash when you are out walking during this time.
    If your dog is found wandering it may be impounded and you will be issued with an infringement notice. If you see a roaming dog please call 0800 492 452.
  • Feeling unwell?
    There are two Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) open in the Waikato district, one in Ngaruawahia and one in Huntly. There are also CBACs in Pukekohe and Hamilton. They are free to visit and are open everyday. If you have any symptoms such as a cough, a high temperature, shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and running nose or temporary loss of smell, go and get yourself checked out at your nearest CBAC or GP. More information, including opening times and exact locations of CBAC’s can be found on the Waikato District Health Board website.

This year, Anzac Day will be like no other. Let’s all #StandAtDawn – apart, but together as one.

#StandAtDawn (6am) with your bubble and listen to the special dawn service broadcast on RNZ (Radio NZ). You can stand at dawn in your home, in your courtyard, in your driveway, in your garden or even your balcony.

There are many ways you and your family can get involved, like decorating your letterbox or front window with poppies or baking some Anzac biscuits.

Visit the RSA National and NZ Defence Force Facebook event Stand At Dawn – Anzac Day 2020 or for more ways to get involved.

Latest news

Calls to our community key to understanding COVID-19 impact

More than 1000 calls are being made to businesses and residents throughout the Waikato District to understand the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Read more.

Waikato united on pitch for government funding

Waikato mayors say local councils and their partners have “turned over every possible stone” in their bid to secure government money to help rebuild the Waikato economy following Covid-19. Read more.

Proposed Waikato District Plan hearings continue despite lockdown

It’s business as usual and perhaps ground breaking, as Waikato District Council continues to hold its Proposed Waikato District Plan hearings during New Zealand’s Level 4 lockdown. Read more.

Waikato District Council Chief Executive takes 20% pay cut

Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion has taken a 20% pay cut for the next six months. Read more.

School kids have the tools to learn

Just before Term 2 started, a bunch of Raglan Area School students were supplied the tools to learn thanks to help from Waikato district Civil Defence staff. Read more.

If you need help reach out

For most of us, our daily lives are very different right now and being in lockdown can make us experience all sorts of things: anxiety, loneliness and fear just to name a few. Read more.

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