Covid Response Update

All of New Zealand is at “Orange” traffic light setting.

At Orange, there will be community transmission of COVID-19, with increasing risks to vulnerable communities, and pressure on the health system. Read more information about life at Orange >.

Our Libraries and Information Centres are open. For more information click here.

District Information and Updates

Latest district news, information and updates in New Zealand's response to COVID-19.

Update 1 November

Library and Information Centres return to normal hours

Our Library and Information Centres are returning to opening normal hours from Monday 1 November - no longer closing from 12.30-1.30pm.

Social Distancing and mandatory masks wearing still applies.

Update 13 October

Marton and Taihape Swim centres are now open for the 2021/22 season.

However, due to COVID Level 2 restrictions, social distancing regulations do apply so please ring ahead to book use of pool and changing room facilities to avoid waiting delays.

Marton Swim Centre 06 327 7666, Taihape Swim Centre 06 388 0006

Update 4 October 2021

Alert Level 3 boundary in north west Waikato now in effect. This includes Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia, Hamilton City and some surrounding areas.

The north west Waikato is now at Alert Level 3 for five days, a move will help limit possible further community transmission of the virus.

This temporary measure gives the Government time to assess the situation and gather information from the contact tracing and community testing now underway, to help find the source of the cases announced on Sunday. Limiting movement within north west Waikato for this temporary period will limit the Delta variant’s opportunity to spread while that important work goes on.

Update 21 September 2021

Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 21 September.

The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. These settings will be reviewed on Monday 4 October.

Indoor gathering limits will increase to 100 people in Alert Level 2 areas. Outdoor gathering limits remain at 100 people, and do not change.

Update 13 September 2021

Our Alert Level settings will remain as they are until Tuesday 21 September.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 and the rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm Tuesday 21 September.

Cabinet will review these settings next Monday 20 September 2021.

All of New Zealand, except Auckland, will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 7 September.

Auckland will stay at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 14 September. Cabinet will review the levels for the whole country, including Auckland, on Monday 13 September.

There are several new requirements at Delta Alert Level 2:

  • Many businesses and locations will be required to take steps to ensure people can easily make a record when they visit.
  • A limit of 50 people applies for indoor gatherings, hospitality settings and event venues, 100 people for outdoor settings.
  • Keep 2 metres apart from people you do not know in public, and places like retail stores, libraries, gyms and museums
  • Face coverings are mandatory for everyone aged 12 and over in indoor public facilities like libraries, museums and shopping malls.
  • Face coverings are mandatory for customer-facing staff at hospitality venues and public facilities.

Everywhere south of the Auckland boundary moves to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for at least 2 weeks. Northland will remain at Alert Level 4 until at least 11:59pm on Thursday.

For up-to-date Alert Level information see the Unite Against Covid website.

Waste Transfer Services open at Level 3 but with restrictions

When our District moves to Covid Alert Level 3 all transfer stations will be open as per their normal operating hours.

These facilities will be adhering to strict rules around social distancing, you must follow the instructions of the operators on site when entering these premises.

Please be aware there could be delays entering the premises (mainly Marton) so be patient and observe the road rules. They will be accepting Eftpos only (No Cash). Hunterville and Ratana where we have no Eftpos facility in place, Smart Environmental will be collecting details of customers so we can invoice the cost at a later date or alternatively pay via internet banking.

If you have any concerns – please contact the Council. Thank you for your co-operation.

Managing your rubbish under COVID Alert Level 4

Update - Rangitīkei District Council
27 August 2021

Under Alert 4 all our Waste Transfer Station must remain closed to the public.

We ask the community to please hold onto their rubbish for the time being if kerbside collections are not available in your area.

Depending on outcomes of any alert level changes, we will review services available at our Waste Transfer stations for those in rural/remote areas.

We appreciate this may be a concern for some residents and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.

Vaccine Clinics in our District

Update - Rangitīkei District Council
25 August 2021

For all enquires regarding Vaccine Clinics in our District contact Lydia Matenga on (06) 3275594 or 0800 227 2494.

Ratana Pa

Friday 27th August - Ratana Pa

  • Priority of all those who are vulnerable, essential workers, Māori, Pasifika and those in Group 1,2 & 3.
  • You MUST book an appointment by calling 0800 202 004


Sunday 29th August - Te Poho o Tuariki (Old Turakina Maori Girls College)

Wednesday 1st September - Te Poho o Tuariki

  • To make a booking and for details please contact Lydia Matenga on (06) 3275594 or 0800 227 2494.


Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm - Taihape Health

  • This is by appointment ONLY.
  • Please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to register, and then call the Taihape Health for an appointment.


Te Matapihi - Bulls Community Centre

For more details please contact Lydia Matenga on (06) 3275594 or 0800 227 2494.

Alert levels Announcement

Update - Central Government
23 August 2021

All of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm on Friday 27 August, with a review on Friday.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021, with a review on Monday.

Mandatory Record Keeping

Update - Central Government
22 August 2021

Record keeping will be mandatory in some businesses and locations, for everyone aged 12 and over. Read more >

Locations of interest: What you should do

Media Release - Whanganui DHB
21 August 2021

Three locations of interest in the Whanganui District Health Board region have today been named as part of current COVID-19 Delta strain outbreak.
People who have contracted COVID-19 visited the following sites:

  • BP Connect service station, 92-94 Bridge Street, Bulls on Monday 16 August; 9.30pm to 10pm.
  • Waiouru public toilets, 15 State Highway 1, Waiouru on Monday 16 August; 6.30pm to 7pm.
  • Z petrol station, Waiouru, 11 State Highway 1 on Monday 16 August, 6.30pm to 7pm.

Staff and patrons who were at these places on the days and between the times specified should stay at home, and arrange to get a COVID-19 test immediately.
They should continue to stay at home until they have received a negative test result.

Testing at the community testing centre at Whanganui Hospital is open from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, 21-22 August.

And testing will also be available at Living Waters Medical in Rakau Road, Castlecliff, from Monday, with a CBAC operating there from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
COVID-19 testing is available in Marton, Bulls, Taihape and Ruapehu through local GP clinics and health centres. People who wish to be tested should contact the practices to organise appointments.

There is also a community testing centre at 575 Main Street, Palmerston North, open 9am to 4pm each day.

Anyone unsure of what to do should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

A Whanganui DHB spokesman said people affected should get tested as soon as possible, as well as those with cold or flu-like symptoms or who had had contact with a positive case. Other people did not need to get a test at this stage.
He said the locations of interest did not mean the virus was in the community and people should be reassured that local health services were ready to handle any cases should they arise.

Any further locations of interest will be posted on the Ministry of Health website -

Face coverings are now mandatory

Update - Central Government
19 August 2021

Face coverings are now mandatory for most public places under Alert Level 4.

You legally must wear a face covering if you are a customer or an employee involving customer contact at a business or service operating at Alert Level 4. Read more >