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Waimakariri District Council Planning for Recovery

We hope that you all had a relaxing and peaceful Easter weekend with your bubble. As we move forward through the lockdown the Council is looking at how it can best support the community from response and into recovery.

Enterprise North Canterbury, the economic development agency for North Canterbury, have a range of ways they can support local businesses. From resources that can help business understand their obligations under different alert levels to one-on-one assessments to help understand your immediate and short term needs. You can find out more about the range of business support at northcanterbury.co.nz/covid-19/ or email them at office@enterprisenc.co.nz.

Rates letters will be delivered to homes over the next week or two. Please get in touch with our team if you are concerned about this instalment. There are a range of different options we can look at to help including deferral of payment – call the rates team on 0800 965 468 or email rates@wmk.govt.nz.

The Council will meet this week to explore changes relating to in the Draft Annual Plan 2020/21 and the impact this will have on future rates.

This will then be considered formally at the next Council meeting in late April which includes hearing feedback from the community. It is important to ensure that we maintain high quality services across the District whilst considering the best interests of our residents and businesses as we recover.

Our welfare team have be relatively quiet which is heartening to hear and lets us know that our community are doing what they do best - taking care of each other. This team will continue to provide support to local agencies and those in need. If you know of anyone who may benefit for some extra support with groceries, getting medicines, or accessing support services please call 0800 24 24 11. Remember that seeking help shows strength.

Finally, we have been hearing from our Police colleagues  that while most of us are following the alert level 4 rules some people haven’t been. Even if part of your routine was to drive to the river or the beach to walk the dog or meet up with friends don’t do it – stay in your neighbourhood.

Please stay home, follow the rules, be kind and take care of each other.

Support for families:

Locally there are people who can help:

  • Presbyterian Support 03 313 8588
  • Age Concern Canterbury 0800 80 33 44.

Local food banks:




Temporary Accommodation:

  • For help to self-isolate if you can’t in your own homes or are travellers visiting New Zealand and do not already have suitable self-isolation accommodation arranged. You can find out more at temporaryaccommodation.mbie.govt.nz/covid-19/

National helplines:

  • There is a dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information - 0800 358 5453. This is supported by online at covid19.govt.nz. For other health related issues call 0800 611 116
  • ‘Need to talk?' service on 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor
  • Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234. Their website also has a web chat facility youthline.co.nz

We are here to help. You can contact us in a number of ways:

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