Public health

Waipa District Council has a statutory responsibility to promote, protect and improve public health.

We have powers to investigate and resolve any conditions that are likely to be offensive or injurious to health, and have Environmental Health Officers based in both Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

We routinely deal with issues such as water quality, food quality, waste disposal, housing and vermin.

Environmental Health Officers are also responsible for investigating cases of notified food and waterborne illness such as cryptosporidium, salmonella or campylobacter.

If you have a public health enquiry or complaint, contact our customer support team at or phone 0800 924 723

Annual Registration and Inspection

There are business premises in the community, other than food premises, that have a potential to endanger the public health. These include hairdressers, shops, camping grounds, funeral directors, sale yards, and offensive trades.

These businesses are subject to annual registration under the Health Act and are inspected on a regular basis to ensure compliance with legislative requirements relating to each type of business premises.

 Application for Health Premises Registration ​

For further information contact our Customer Support Team on 0800 924 723.

Unsanitary Conditions

Conditions can exist in the community that are injurious to health (e.g. unsanitary swimming pool conditions), or are offensive thereby causing mental distress and sometimes physical illness.

In some cases these conditions may exist to such an extent that immediate action for the removal of these conditions is necessary.

Public requests for service are prioritised according to their urgency and must be investigated as soon as possible to identify, isolate, and control any nuisance conditions that may be in existence.

For further information contact our Customer Support Team on 0800 924 723.

Infectious Diseases

Communicable disease is a very real issue in the community. Cases of communicable disease can be isolated among individuals or can be household outbreaks, while other cases can be on a large scale associated with a common source of infection.

If conditions allow, uncontrolled disease can spread very quickly and affect a large number of people, resulting in a disruption of work and lifestyle.

Communicable diseases that are notified to the local authority are documented in the Health Act 1956.

Prompt action on receiving notification of one of these communicable diseases is required to ensure that the source of infection is identified, isolated and brought under control as soon as possible, and to prevent the further spread of infection.

For further information contact our Customer Support Team on 0800 924 723


Page reviewed: 13 Jul 2017 2:26pm