eServices login, pay rates, animal registration and debtor invoices online, report an issue, request information, track an application or fill in an online form. Find out more about all available online services...
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.
3pm Wednesday 2 June
The flood gate at The Pines Beach and Kairaki has been operating well and the advice from Environment Canterbury is that the water is receding. This means that there is no longer a risk and the prepare to evacuate warning has been lifted for The Pines Beach and Kairaki.
A temporary speed limit is in place on Beach Road near the culvert, as the pump hose is across the road. Residents should take care driving through this area.
Civil Defence, the Mayor, and Council staff had a meeting with the affected families at Okuku last night and continue to provide advice and support to them.
Lees Valley Road to the south and Okuku Pass Road to the north are inaccessible due to road damage caused by significant flooding. The Council continues to support these communities and will be carrying out an engineering assessment by helicopter this afternoon.
We are continuing welfare checks with people we know that have been directly impacted. If you know of any residents who would benefit from a welfare check-in please call 0800 965 468 and ask to speak to one of the team.
The Garrymere water supply is experiencing higher than expected turbidity (cloudiness) levels, which means the treatment system may no longer be able to sufficiently treat the water.
As a precaution, residents on the Garrymere water supply need to use boiled water or store-bought bottled water for drinking, cleaning teeth, making ice, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice.
Forecast low temperatures over the next few nights may result in icy road surfaces meaning extra care is required, particularly as many roads have been flooded and there may still be some debris around so please take care. Often it is hard to see patches of water on the road until it is too late. Even less visible is black ice. Slow down and please don’t attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords where you can’t see the road surface as there may be damage to the road surface that you can’t see.
Areas currently impacted
Looking after each other
It’s important to recognise that this is a stressful time for many people and that we may react to situations in very different ways. The impact of the flooding may continue for a number of days or weeks and there is support in place. So if you find yourself or your family or friends need to reach out you can find a range of local support services here
Advice from Insurance Council of New Zealand
Insurers request people not to throw things into skip bins until they have been instructed by their insurance company that it is OK to do so as they will require proof of loss. If the property to be discarded is considered a health hazard then photos can suffice but it pays to check first. The message for homeowners is to please talk to your insurer before discarding any items and they will talk you through their process. Take photos of any items you are taking out of the house for sanitary reasons such as soft furnishings or carpet.
Find out more here
Support for Rural Communities
Our colleagues in Environment Canterbury have pulled together some useful information and advice for our farmers including information about welfare, local infrastructure, flood protection, moving stock, water and how to access support. You can find our more here
There is still surface flooding across the District. Please take care on the roads as conditions remain challenging.
If you do encounter surface flooding while driving, please slow down and drive through carefully so you don’t push water onto neighbouring properties.
Council staff will be working to re-open roads as soon as possible.
The following roads are closed due to washouts:
The following roads are closed due to flooding:
The following roads have now reopened:
River levels across the Waimakariri District continue to recede.
Need to report an issue or require help?
The Civil Defence Emergency Operation Centre remains open and emergency services will continue to respond to the situation. For emergencies first please call 111 to access the applicable emergency services. Contact the Council on 0800 965 468 for urgent calls either outside of or during office hours.
Member of the Oxford Rural No 2 water scheme should conserve water. While supply is ok now, there is a risk that pipes installed beneath drains may become damaged due to flooding, causing a loss of supply. Once flows subside we can reassess this risk. We will send another message when normal use can resume.
Wastewater treatment plants
Both the Rangiora and Oxford wastewater treatment plants were at capacity during the event, however are now functioning well.
8.30pm – Tuesday 1 June
Environment Canterbury River Engineers successfully cleared the flood gate at The Pines Beach and Kairaki at low tide this afternoon and the gate has fully sealed.
The gate will continue to be monitored to ensure the flap reseals at the incoming tide in the morning. Pumping to remove excess floodwater will continue overnight.
Residents who were evacuated were able to return to their homes this afternoon, and now that the permanent fix has been made, the cordon has been removed. While there is no longer a heightened risk, residents should still be prepared to leave if asked.
Beach Road is down to one lane with a temporary speed limit in place near the culvert as the pump hose is across the road. Residents should take care driving through this area.
Overnight six properties in the Okuku area were affected by flooding. Civil Defence and Council staff assessed the damage today and are in contact with the affected families.
Lees Valley Road to the south and Okuku Pass Road to the north are inaccessible due to road damage caused by significant flooding. The Council continues to support these communities.
Council staff and geo technical engineers will be making further assessments by helicopter tomorrow afternoon to check damaged infrastructure in the Valley and on Okuku Pass Road, which is a secondary access into Lees Valley.
Waimakariri Civil Defence is urging residents to take extreme care on the roads tonight and tomorrow morning. With freezing temperatures and many damaged roads, driving conditions are expected to be treacherous. Council contractors will monitor and respond to areas where grit may be required.
Council staff are continuing to check on and make repairs to roads and bridges across the District. The Council’s website will be updated with road closures as required.
Canterbury remains in a State of Emergency.
Evacuation orders and prepare to evacuate warnings have been lifted in all areas including:
Fire and Emergency NZ, NZ Police and the NZ Defence Force have been stood down from the Emergency Operations Centre and will to continue to provide support if required.
Council staff will be reviewing operations and working across the District to assess the damage and are now making plans for the recovery work.
River levels across the Waimakariri District continue to recede. There is no longer a risk of stop bank failures or breakouts.
Check the Evacuation Maps at the link here https://waimakariri.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/minimalist/index.html?appid=f1b69f455cf9476a892dddb36dce42ee
The Civil Defence Emergency Operation Centre remains open and emergency services will continue to respond to the situation as required.
For emergencies first please call 111 to access the applicable emergency services.
Contact the Council on 0800 965 468 for urgent calls both outside of or during office hours.
The Welfare Centres are now closed.
There is still widespread surface flooding across the District. Avoid travelling if possible, if you must drive, please take care on the roads as conditions remain challenging.
Please check MetService for the latest warnings:
The worst of the rain has passed and there are no current weather warnings in place.