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This page has been set up to give you the latest council updates and any affected services as a result of COVID-19

Wednesday 25 March 2020

2pm
We know that there are a lot of people feeling uncertain right now and we’re doing our best to keep you informed with all the essential information we can, in line with messaging from the Government. We will do our best to address your queries via these posts, however, we may not be able to reply to every comment during this busy time, and many of the questions we’re getting have been answered in previous posts. If we don’t respond to your query, please check www.covid19.govt.nz or www.cdc.govt.nz/covid19 or on Facebook at Covid-19 -Wairarapa Updates as you will most likely find the answer there.

At one minute to midnight tonight New Zealand will move into lockdown to eliminate COVID-19.

All non-essential services must close and everyone should stay at home. These are big measures, but they will save lives.

Every person who doesn’t play their part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19 risks these strict measures being in place longer than the initial four weeks.

Everyone needs to stay home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household, unless you are part of an essential service.  Whatever you do must be solitary. You can only spend time with those who you are in self-isolation with, and keep your distance from all others at all times.

Business owners – close your doors unless you are classified as an essential service outlined on the covid19.govt.nz page here.

The key points of clarification from the Government regarding essential services are:

  • The Warehouse to close stores to the public
  • Bunnings, Placemakers, Mitre 10 and other retailers essential to the supply chain for building and construction can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only
  • Dairies to stay open, with “one-in one-out” rule
  • Services delivering pre-prepared food must stop
  • Delivery of food that is not pre-cooked can continue, with strict measures in place
  • Liquor stores closed, unless within a Licensing Trust Area and with “one-in one-out” rule.

All the information you need about the national response to COVID-19 is available at www.covid19.govt.nz

You can also follow the regional Wairarapa Facebook page to keep up to date with local COVID-19 developments, including welfare support as that becomes available.

The essential council services which are still operating (e.g provision of drinking water, rubbish and recycling collection) are all listed on our page www.cdc.govt.nz/covid19.

Updates to this include the closure of our public toilets, effective immediately, and the limited use of the transfer station (open only to rural residents and commercial users). This is to ensure the safety of our community. Rubbish and recycling collection will continue as usual.

Please share the link to our www.cdc.govt.nz/covid19 page with your friends and family who are not on Facebook.

If over the following days and weeks you feel you are not coping, it’s important to seek help and professional support. Your family doctor is a good starting point.

For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can also call or text the ‘Need to talk?’ service on 1737. This service is free, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gives you the chance to talk it through with a trained counsellor.

We’ll also be sharing tips and tricks for keeping yourself mentally healthy while in self-isolation via the Covid-19 Wairarapa Updates Facebook page, so make sure you check it out!

Stay well, play your part and, most importantly, be kind. We’re all in this together.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

4pm
Below is a list of current Carterton District Council services. These may be revised in future.
Essential services to continue:
• Provision of drinking water
• Wastewater treatment and disposal
• Recycling normal collection for now (may be subject to change in coming weeks)
• Dalefield Transfer Station (for rural and commercial use only)
* Normal rubbish collection in urban areas
• Emptying public rubbish bins and doggy bins
• The provision of one 24-hour public toilet in Carrington Park
• Essential road safety work
• Control of dangerous and menacing dogs
• Burials
• The sale of rubbish bags will continue through supermarkets.

Non-essential Council services that will continue to be available include:
• Provision of LIMs, PIMs and the processing of building and planning consents
• Payments (through online banking and direct debits)
• Environmental Health queries will be recorded and assessed on a case-by-case basis
• Payments to Council, including rates payments, can be made directly through internet banking, quoting the valuation or account number as a reference, and direct debits will be processed as usual. For questions about rates and other payments, or to discuss alternative payment options, please contact rates@cdc.govt.nz for assistance.

Non-essential Council services that are no longer open or available include:
• Building inspections
• The Events Centre
• The library
• Public playgrounds
• Swimming pools
• Haumanu House and the food bank
• Parks and Reserves maintenance (apart from the emptying of rubbish bins)

Media Statements and latest, accurate information
What should we do now there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wairarapa?

The nation is now at Level 4 of New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system. It is likely Level 4 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks.

We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together, now.

  • Everyone must now stay home, except those providing essential services.
  • Only make physical contact with those that you live with.

Don’t worry, during this time, you will be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food and other home supplies.

For more information about what you can and can’t do during this period, click here 

Which council services and buildings are still open?

Below is a list of current Carterton District Council services. These may be revised in future.
Essential services to continue:
• Provision of drinking water
• Wastewater treatment and disposal
• Recycling normal collection for now (may be subject to change in coming weeks)
• Dalefield Transfer Station (for rural and commercial use only)
* Normal rubbish collection in urban areas
• Emptying public rubbish bins and doggy bins
• The provision of one 24-hour public toilet in Carrington Park
• Essential road safety work
• Control of dangerous and menacing dogs
• Burials
• The sale of rubbish bags will continue through supermarkets.

Non-essential Council services that will continue to be available include:
• Provision of LIMs, PIMs and the processing of building and planning consents
• Payments (through online banking and direct debits)
• Environmental Health queries will be recorded and assessed on a case-by-case basis
• Payments to Council, including rates payments, can be made directly through internet banking, quoting the valuation or account number as a reference, and direct debits will be processed as usual. For questions about rates and other payments, or to discuss alternative payment options, please contact rates@cdc.govt.nz for assistance.

Non-essential Council services that are no longer open or available include:
• Building inspections
• The Events Centre
• The library
• Public playgrounds
• Swimming pools
• Haumanu House and the food bank
• Parks and Reserves maintenance (apart from the emptying of rubbish bins)
• Public toilets

Where do I find reliable, up to date information about COVID-19?

Your reliable sources of truth can be found at:

https://www.health.govt.nz/

https://covid19.govt.nz/

Any information from council is published under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

Tikanga Māori and gatherings

For government advice on tikanga Māori and gatherings, tangihanga, hongi and harirū click here

 

What is the current alert level and what does it mean?

On Monday the 23rd of March the government made the decision to move to Alert Level 3 and then to Alert Level 4 from midnight Wednesday 25th March because COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus has started to spread through our communities. We need to act quickly to stop this spread. The Ministry of Health is doing everything we can to make sure that we keep your health and disability supports in place.

This move will help us to slow the spread of the virus, and also get ready for the country to go to Alert Level 4 on Wednesday the 25th of March at midnight.

For the full description of alert levels and what they mean to you, click here

What should I do if I'm unwell?

Stay home if you’re sick.

IF you have any of these symptoms:  

  • a fever
  • cough  
  • shortness of breath  
  • sneezing or a runny nose 

THEN call your GP, before you visit. 

If you do not have a GP call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

You also need to:  

  • stay at home  
  • avoid close or prolonged contact with other people  
  • stop having visitors to your home, and  
  • stay off public transport 

 Read more about self-isolating at home at Health.govt.nz