Civil Defence and Emergency Management
NZ State of Emergency declaration:
The nationwide State of National Emergency declared on 25 March 2020 at 12:21pm due to COVID-19..
Local response - Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre
The Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre (WWEOC) was established on Thursday 26 March 2020 at 0800hrs to support the Waikato District Health Board's response to COVID-19 at a local level. It operated the civil defence function on behalf of Waipa, Waitomo and Otorohanga territorial authorities. WWEOC was disestablished on Thursday 14 May 2020 as the response was combined with Taupo and South Waikato, based out of Taupo.
Need help with financial assistance? Call Work and Income on 0800 559 009 7am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 1pm Saturdays.
Temporarily displaced from your home due to COVID-19? Please call MBIE's Temporary Accommodation Service to register on 0508 754 163.
Still not sure who to talk to? Please call the government helpline on 0800 779 997, 8am-5pm 7 days a week.
Latest COVID-19 information - visit the COVID-19 website here
Latest COVID-19 health information - Visit the Ministry of Health website here
Waikato Regional response - Visit the Waikato Region Emergency Management website here