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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
You can share your views about the Council's plans and projects by making a submission.
The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
We are closely monitoring the situation and following advice from the Ministry of Health in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic.
Nationwide updates are available on the government’s official site Unite against Covid 19.
Check here regularly for all updates on Council services.
Until any change to alert level 3 comes into effect, please refer to our current alert level guidance and follow advice from the Ministry of Health and Unite Against Covid-19.
Under level 3, Council buildings and facilities including service centres, libraries, aquatic centres, playgrounds and dog parks will remain closed.
Services that can resume at Level 3 include building inspections, site visits, key utilities and roading projects as well as maintenance works. A special Waimakariri Bus service will begin, transfer stations are partially reopening and some food businesses may also operate under Alert Level 3. Further information is available in the drop-downs below.
The Council are committed to continuing to provide all essential services and are conducting as much business as possible (including some non-essential services) online or over the phone.
What are essential services?
What non-essential services are customers able to lodge services requests with digitally or by phone?
Visit the official COVID-19 website to find out more about what Alert Level 3 looks like and for guidelines on social distancing.
While Council buildings may be closed under Level 3, we are still here to help. We encourage people to conduct business with us online or over the phone and will be posting regular updates on our website and social media channels regarding how we intend to maintain service levels within these new restrictions.
How can you get in touch:
Information on Council services and facilities under Alert Level 3 may be updated as we work through any changes.
Status: Closed at Level 3More info: Learn to swim accounts will be credited and concession and memberships extended. No new bookings taken.
Status: Oxford Community Aquatic Centre and Waikuku Beach Paddling Pool are closed as per normal over the off-season.
Last updated: 30 August 2021
Status: The Building Unit will continue to most but not all services during the Level 3.More info:
You can book your building inspections by calling (03) 311 8906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure you have the following information to hand or include it in your email booking:
Before coming on to site our inspector will call the point of contact person so they can meet at the entrance to the site.
What we can’t do at this level includes:
We recognise the Council is an enabler of local business so are committed to continuing to support local businesses, provide essential services and do as much as we can online.
What essential services staff remain at work?
What non-essential services are customers able to work with digitally?
Status: Some food businesses may be able to open under Alert Level 3. New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) has sent an email to all food businesses outlining the steps to getting up and running at Alert Level 3. If you have not received the email, please contact our Environmental Services Unit at ESU@wmk.govt.nz and they will pass on the information. If you have received the email and have questions or need to make changes to how your business operates you should also contact the Council via 0800 965 468 or email@example.com
More info: The key messages for food businesses looking to reopen are:
If you are changing your business model you must notify the Council. You will need to contact us if you are planning to provide services or products that you have not offered before - for example deliveries, takeaways or selling food to other businesses (wholesaling) - to make sure you are not operating outside of your current scope. Any changes to scope will need to be notified to, and reviewed by the Council, which may place conditions for the temporary change during COVID-19 Alert Level 3.
MPI Information packs
Food businesses wanting to change their scope should also refer to the following MPI information. Click to download the relevant information pack:
Please get in touch if you have questions or need some guidance.
Status: Our animal control officers are still working through the lockdown. More info: Animal control operates a 24/7 call-out service for wandering dogs, stock and emergency situations - phone the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV) to report an issue. It's great to see people out walking their dogs around their neighborhoods, getting some sunshine and exercise in. You may be coming across more people than you usually would in your travels. Please take this into consideration and keep your pets leashed in public and pick up after them.
Status: Our noise control team are still working through the lockdown in response to complaints.More info: To report a noise problem, call the Council while the noise is happening and we'll send out a noise control officer to asses the complaint. Find out more about how to report a noise problem, and what happens on our noise control page.
More info: ENC is the local business support agency. They can help connect you to the right information for your business needs including advice, support and information on accessing Government subsidies. Contact the ENC Business Support team at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For a list of useful and regularly updated links specific to businesses dealing with COVID-19 visit the ENC COVID-19 page.
More info: Please take a look at our Environmental Services section.
More info: Council meetings will continue via virtual links as enabled by the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006 and associated Orders of Parliament and be live/audio streamed on the Council website.
Committees – will continue via virtual links, where practical and urgency of business needs are required.
All Community Board meetings are suspended under Alert Level 4 and Level 3.
Working Groups, Steering Groups and Joint Committees will be assessed on a case by case basis as to the urgency of business required and may be conducted via virtual means.
Meetings Schedule (meetings to be held via Zoom)
Minutes and Agendas
Status: Will be closed during Level 3.More info: We will not be accepting any bookings for these spaces throughout Level 3. If you now need to cancel a booking, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV) or email@example.com. Refunds will be offered for cancellations due to impacts of Government Lockdowns.
Last updated: 31 August 2021
Status: Will be closed during Level 3 (including barbecues)More info: This is because of the slight risk of virus transfer from one of the many surfaces in playgrounds
Status: Will be closed during Level 3More info: Social distancing can be difficult in these spaces and there is a risk of breaking your bubble. The gates to a dog park also pose a transfer risk of the virus.
Status: Open (however any playgrounds, common touch points and barbecues within the parks and reserves are closed).More info: You may exercise, go for a walk or enjoy nature but outside of your home, you must follow physical distancing rules and avoid any unnecessary risk.
Access gates to our beach car parks will be open and monitored during Alert Level 3 following government guidance that you can visit your local beach. We encourage people to use or carry a face mask when out walking due to the high numbers of people out and about, and at times difficulty maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
For more information about ECan Regional Parks visit their website here.
Take a look at the COVID-19 site for advice on self-isolation and keeping yourself safe.
Status: Will be closed during Alert Level 3
More info: This includes access to the pontoons and wharf area at Kaiapoi. Boating is not a permitted activity at Alert Level 3.
Status: Walking trails are open during Alert Level 3. High risk activities that could require medical help should be avoided. More info: Following government guidance, the Department of Conservation and Fish & Game are asking people to stay on local trails on shorter tracks limited to 3 hours and physical distancing should be maintained. Hunting is only permitted on private land there will be no hunting on public land.
Check the DOC website for more information.
Status: most public toilets are closed, apart from the following which will remain open for essential workers. Please scan in using the Covid Tracer app:
Saltwater Creek Rest AreaWoodend Bowls Club/School Rd (off SH1)Victoria Park - RangioraAshley Picnic GroundsTrousellot Park - KaiapoiKaiapoi Lakes (William's St side)Oxford Service CentreCust Community Centre (external toilets)
More info: While we ask the public to avoid using public toilets to minimise risk, the above remain on the 'essential' list and will stay open to ensure they are available to those out in the community providing essential services. There are additional cleaning measures in place.
Status: Closed during Alert Level 3More info: The airfield including both aerodrome and hangars will be closed due to risk of transfer within these areas. No community or commercial tenants are allowed to be operating at this time.
Status: Planning will continue to offer most services remotely.
More Info: Staff will continue to work remotely from home. You can still access all of our services by phone or email - if you need anything please call. We continue to process resource consents including section 223 and 224 survey approvals. At Level 3 we can carry our site inspections for resource consents and condition auditing for most processes. We will be changing the way we carry out these inspections and you can find out more here.
A special Waimakariri service will be running during Alert Level 3 for those who need to get from Rangiora or Kaiapoi to the city. This special service has been introduced as the 91/92 services don’t have a Sunday timetable and there has been significant demand from essential workers.
The service will start on Wednesday 1 September and will operate a morning and afternoon trip Monday – Friday during Alert Level 3.
Standard Zone 2 fares apply, with Metrocard / contactless payment only, as per Alert Level 3 guidelines.
Route 1 Rangiora / Cashmere alternative option for Rangiora customers
Route 1 is also operating, through Rangiora and Kaiapoi, to the Sunday timetable.
Timetable (Monday - Friday):
To City (91 City direct):
To Kaiapoi & Rangiora (91 Rangiora direct):
Please note this service will not show at the Bus Interchange or across the network on timetables at bus stops.
Under Level 3, government advice is that travel is still restricted and is only allowed for permitted movement in your local area.
At Alert Level 3, Greater Christchurch public transport services will be operating under Sunday timetables.
Boarding and alighting
Buses can now be boarded from the front. Please tap your Metrocard on your way in, and scan in using the COVID app near your seat. Disembark through the rear door unless you need the front door for accessibility reasons, and keep physical distancing at one metre where possible.
Fares will be required during Alert Level 3, using contactless Metrocard payment only. Cash will not be accepted for fares or top ups, in order to keep you and our drivers safe. Metrocards can be ordered online or by calling 03 366 8855
Although fewer people should be travelling on public transport, the possibility of capacity constraints mean that you should allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
Please continue to only use window seats unless sitting beside someone in your bubble.
Public transport facilities
The Bus Interchange will be open, with two metre physical distancing restrictions in place.
For everyone aged 12 and older, face coverings are mandatory on public transport, in taxis and in public spaces.
Check the Metro website for more info...
Thank you to everyone who was able to pay the first instalment of rates by 27 August, your efforts are greatly appreciated.
The penalty charge that was due to be added to rates this week has been delayed pending a decision on when the District will move to Alert Level 2.
If the Prime Minister's update on Monday allows a move to Level 2 on 8 September, 5 working days will be provided for ratepayers to make over the counter payments at a Council service centre. In this case, the instalment penalty will be added from 15 September, and the penalty remissions policy will apply for applications for penalty waivers after that date.
If Alert Level 3 is continued beyond 8 September, the instalment penalty will be added on 8 September and the penalty remissions policy will be used to remit penalties for payments made in the first 5 working days following the move to Alert Level 2, regardless of the date of the Alert Level change. After the 5 days, the penalty remissions policy will apply for applications for penalty waivers after that date.
Rates rebate applications will be processed again in Alert Level 2. When date of the change in Alert Levels to Level 2 is known, Council staff will contact applicants who had rebates booked before lockdown to re-schedule the booking. After this has been completed, new bookings will be accepted.
Have Questions or Trouble Paying?
If you have a question or are experiencing hardship and are not able to pay your rates, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 965 468 to make arrangements. It is important that staff are aware of payment difficulties early so that we can work with you on a payment plan. We're here to help.
Online Application for Rates Payment Assistance
Council service centres will remain closed for cash and eftpos payments during Covid Levels 4 and 3. If you usually pay your rates across the counter at a service centre we recommend that you consider an alternative method of payment by 27 August:
Last updated: 2 September 2021
Status: Kerbside collections for recycling, rubbish and organics continue as normal and bins should be put out for their usual collection by 7am on collection day.
Recycling is being processed and sorted as normal - please make sure you only put in the bin what we can accept for recycling. No soft plastics - anything you can easily scrunch in your hand, only plastic types 1, 2 and 5, no smaller than a yoghurt pottle and no larger than 3L in size, clean and loose in the bin. All lids should be removed and recycling needs to be rinsed clean.
Note: rubbish bags are sometimes being collected by a different truck, not at the same time as the rubbish truck.
The composting facility is still operational and will remain so, unless we hear otherwise that their ability to provide normal service has been compromised. Please keep organics loose - plastic bags, including biodegradable or compostable bags need to be kept out of the organics bins.
More info: Drivers are following guidelines from the Ministry of Health and won't be able to manually handle bins during this period. To make bins as accessible as possible for our trucks, please do the following when putting them out for collection:
Status: limited services are operating during Alert Level 3. Visitors will need to scan in with the Covid Tracer App or sign in on entry. Card payments only - no cash.
If there are substantial queues waiting to enter the facility toward the end of the day, the inwards gates may be closed as early as 4pm to ensure all waiting customers can unload and be weighed out before the site closes at 4.30pm.
Expect delays and please be patient.
Southbrook Resource Recovery Park
Disposal Area (past the kiosk)
More info: staff will direct visitors and limit vehicles in the disposal areas to allow physical distancing to be maintained – please follow instructions
Oxford Transfer Station
Status: Open for recycling. Please ensure you follow physical distancing guidelines.
Status: bin swaps and bin removals are suspended until further notice
Status: Closed at Level 3 until further noticeMore info: We are still here to help. We encourage people to conduct business with us via email, online or over the phone.
Status: Closed at Level 3 until further noticeMore info: We are still here to help. We encourage people to conduct business with us via email, online or over the phone.
Status: We continue to provide essential services such as water services, roading and rubbish and recycling
More Information: You will notice Council staff and contractors will be restarting key projects and maintenance work across the District where it is safe to do so. Site inspections for contractors and building inspections will be carried out to keep everyone safe.
For all health information including advice, symptoms to look for, what to do if you are sick, information on self-isolation, financial support and ways to support each other visit the government’s official site Unite against Covid 19.
If you are unwell, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your local GP.