It’s our 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 cause injury risk to health in our community. Our Environmental Health Officers in Te Awamutu and Cambridge routinely deal with issues like water quality, food quality, waste disposal, housing and vermin.
If you have a public health enquiry or complaint, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 WAIPADC (0800 924 723).
Annual business 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 regularly inspected to ensure they comply with applicable legislative requirements.
This is to make sure nobody suffers a nuisance from smoke or ash from fires. Abatement notices, infringement notices and prosecution can result regardless of whether a person has, or requires, a permit.
Conditions can exist in our community that risk health, or are offensive, and risk 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.
We prioritise requests for service of this kind by their urgency and investigate as soon as possible to identify, isolate, and control any nuisance conditions that may be in existence. Contact the council if you are concerned.