Waipā District Council alert level 2 FAQs
Why is the Te Awamutu transfer station closed?
The transfer station is temporarily closed while staff are recruited to fill essential vacancies.
When is it expected to open again?
It is hoped the transfer station will reopen by the end of June. Updates will be posted on the Waste Management website www.wastemanagement.co.nz/my-region/hamilton.
Upon opening, would anything have changed? I.e the way the transfer station is operated?
No. All services will resume as normal.
New Zealand moved into alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May. Cabinet will again review the settings of alert level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that by no later than 22 June, it will consider a move to alert level 1.
Find out more information at covid19.govt.nz.
All Council operations and facilities have been reinstated with the move to alert level 2 – but restrictions are in place. Residents using community facilities must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and are urged to wash their hands before and after using any public exercise or playground equipment. Residents must refrain from using these facilities if they have cold or flu symptoms.
Front counter services at Council’s Cambridge and Te Awamutu offices are now open to the public. Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at entrances and physical distancing and contact tracing measures are in place. You can still request services and make payments online at waipadc.govt.nz/do-it-online. You can also contact us by phone - 0800 WAIPADC (0800 924 723) or email - email@example.com.
Cambridge and Te Awamutu libraries are now open to the public, with contact tracing, physical distancing, visitor number limits and hygiene measures in place. Opening hours are 9am-5pm weekdays.
Te Awamutu Museum is also open with the same restrictions. Opening hours are 10am-4pm weekdays.
Playgrounds, skate parks, BMX tracks, mountain bike parks and boat ramps will reopen during alert level 2. Remember to stay two metres apart from others and wash your hands – before and after using the facilities.
You can use parks, reserves and dog exercise areas, but please keep two metres apart from other members of the public. Please remember to pick up your dog’s poo when out and about.
Yes, if you can do these safely. Public conservation land will be open to the public for walking, biking, and hunting but there are guidelines on the use of DOC huts and campgrounds. Check out www.doc.govt.nz for details. Boating is allowed at alert level 2.
Club Waipa and ASB Stadium will be reopening in alert level 2 – but with restrictions. Livingstone Aquatic Centre is closed until further notice for annual maintenance. For more information visit gowaipa.com.
Cemetery grounds are open to the public and small gatherings at funerals and tangi of up to 50 people are permitted. From 12 noon Friday 29 May, funerals and tangihanga can be held with up to 100 people.
All public toilets across the district will be open in alert level 2.
Council, committee and community board meetings will continue to be held virtually, with plans being put in place for when physical meetings can recommence. You can still tune in to the meetings at waipadc.govt.nz/livestream.
The Government has announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at alert level 2.
From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people.
The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga.
When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing.
You can’t participate in any gatherings if you have Covid-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
If you need help planning your future local event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our recycling service will continue as normal in alert level 2. If your recycling hasn’t been collected please call 0800 WAIPADC (924 723) and we will do our best to resolve the issue.
Rubbish in Waipā is a privately-owned service. For any questions, please speak to your rubbish provider. If you use yellow pre-paid bags, your provider is EnviroWaste which can be contacted on 0800 240120.
I have a building consent or resource consent application currently with Council. Is the timeframe affected?
The latest information about planning and resource consents is available at waipadc.govt.nz/our-services/planning-and-resource-consents/planning-updates/district-plan-growth-covid-19-customer-message.
Symptoms of Covid-19 include a cough, a high temperature (at least 38°C), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose and/or temporary loss of smell.
If you have these symptoms please call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.
For information about Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) and Mobile CBAC locations visit waikatodhb.govt.nz/your-health/covid-19-in-waikato/cbac/.
Covid-19 breaches can be reported to police.govt.nz/105support. Reports will be prioritised based on risk. Please do not ring 105.
The Western Waikato Emergency Operation Centre, which 36 Council staff were seconded in March to assist with the national emergency response, has now been merged with the Southern Emergency Operations Centre, run out of Taupō.