Council Services and Facilities at Alert Level 3

Waimakariri District Council have looked at what additional services can be reinstated as the country moves to alert level 3 on Wednesday 1 September.

The Council are committed to continuing to provide essential services and are conducting as much business as possible (including some non-essential services) online or over the phone.

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.

Building, Utilities and Roading

Staff and contractors will be restarting key utilities and roading projects and maintenance work across the District where it is safe to do so.

Some building services will also resume. Site visits and building inspections can now be carried out, and extra measures will be in place to ensure everyone is kept safe.

Food Business Owners

Under alert level 3 some food businesses may be able to open though this won’t quite be business as usual. Only contactless pick-up/delivery options are permitted. More information and resources for business owners is available here.

Public Transport

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 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. Visit the Metro website for further information.

Kerbside Collections

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.

Minor bin repairs will begin again from Monday 6 September, with contractors following strict protocols to ensure COVID regulations are followed.

Transfer Stations

The Southbrook Transfer Station will be open for refuse, green waste and limited recycling only.

The recycling drop-off is not accepting whiteware, scrap steel, gas cylinders, household hazardous waste (e.g. paint, waste oil, household and garden sprays and chemicals), car and other batteries, re-use items (large or small), e-waste or child car seats under Alert Level 3.

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.

Oxford Transfer Station will only be open for the drop-off of Waimakariri District Council rubbish bags at the skip inside the gate. Large loads of household rubbish will need to go to Southbrook.

Visitors will need to scan in with the Covid Tracer app, following appropriate distancing measures as instructed and pay by card only (no cash). Visitors should also expect delays.

How can you get in touch?

While our Council building and service centres are closed, we are still here to help.

The status of all Council facilities and services at alert level 3, plus further detail on the above is available at