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.

If you have a public health enquiry or complaint, please contact or phone 0800 WAIPADC (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' which include refuse collection, medical/sanitary disposal and wheelie rubbish bin services.​

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 ​

Smoke nuisance

While the control of fires is now the responsibility of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, obligations still exist under the Health Act 1956, the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Waipa District Plan.

This is to ensure that no nuisance occurs to any person from smoke or ash associated with the fire. Abatement notices, infringement notices and prosecution can result regardless of whether a person has, or requires, a permit.

A well planned, managed and controlled fire, in the right conditions with your neighbours in mind will avoid the need for any enforcement action. Waikato Regional Council also has rules around fire and smoke which may be applicable to your location.

Insanitary 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.

Methamphetamine contamination

There are a number of different reports and guidelines in existence,​ however Waipa District Council currently uses the New Zealand Standard NZS8510:2017​ as the reference for methamphetamine investigations and remediation. This is mainly as this standard also applies appropriate controls on how testing is done, and by who, in addition to specifying acceptable limits of contamination.

Council can, where it believes contamination exists within a dwelling, issue cleansing orders requiring investigation, remediation and reporting of contamination.

Page reviewed: 19 Jul 2018 8:49am