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Kairaki Beach Access Closed

The Kairaki Beach vehicle access has been closed today to comply with advice from the Government to discourage any activity that may result in an emergency services callout. Vehicles spotted on the beach are causing concern that some people are not following Alert Level 4 guidelines. To prevent this activity, the entrance has been temporarily fenced off. While people who live locally may still walk to their local beach also following physical distancing rules, driving on ...

Farmers take the yin with the yang

Some welcome positivity has been expressed for New Zealand’s farmers as they continue to work to feed the nation during the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic (COVID-19). Agriculture is deemed as an essential service, so it’s been business as usual for the farming fraternity, despite the nationwide lockdown. There are several pressure points within farmer-to-farmer conversations as they work out the best way forward. One of the biggest observations in-house – outside of how to get everything done ...

Using Community Spaces During Lockdown

With community facilities being closed to limit transmission of COVID-19, but an encouragement to get fresh air and exercise, there is some confusion about how people should be using community spaces during lockdown. Earlier this week Council was disappointed to find someone had tampered with a gate at the Kaiapoi Dog Park, resulting in members of the public using the area. All playgrounds and dog parks in Waimakariri have been closed to limit transmission of COVID-19 ...

Represent your Country!

We can all represent our country The current lockdown situation is giving us a sporting chance to beat this virus.  Despite the disappointment of seasons remaining unfinished, or not even beginning, we all know this situation is one that needs to be won, and if we all work as a team, we can do it. The effects are far and wide. Professional sports are on hold, the Olympics delayed. The level of training and preparedness for ...

Beach access closed to comply with physical distancing

Waimakariri District Council have today closed beach access ways. The decision was made in line with advice from the government in discouraging unnecessary travel and keeping physical distancing limits in place. “We appreciate that many people would have been looking forward to accessing the beaches but already there has been a wave of people from our District and others heading to our beaches. “The beaches are great places to get some fresh air but we all have ...