73 days ago

Covid-19 Level 2 – What does it mean for South Wairarapa District Council services?

Amy Wharram from South Wairarapa District Council

We've been planning for this. We’ve been here before. We got rid of the virus, and we can do it again!

As a Council, we’re following Government advice and protocols to reduce the risk of community spread.

At Level 2, there are not many changes - most relate to contract tracing, physical distancing and increased hygiene measures. Please be patient when accessing our buildings and services.

Visiting our offices:

* Opening hours as per Level 1
* We ask you to adhere to the physical distancing tape that has been laid on the floor in reception
* Screens have been re-installed at the counters
* Please use the hand sanitizer available at the counter
* Please sign into the contact tracing register at the counter, and
* Use the Government contract tracing app if you have it – a QR code sign is available
* Cleaning protocols have been increased.

Libraries:

* Opening hours as per normal
* Returning items - we encourage customers to use the after-hours returns dropbox rather than your counter, if possible
* Public PCs will NOT be operating (this is because of the difficultly of ensuring the keyboards are cleaned after each use)
* People in each library building (staff and customers) will be limited to 100
* We ask you to adhere to the physical distancing tape that has been laid on the floor
* Screens have been re-installed at the counters
* Please use the hand sanitizer available at the counter
* Please sign into the contact tracing register at the counter, and use the Government contract tracing app if you have it – QR code signs are available in each location
* Cleaning protocols have been increased.

Public Meetings/venues:

* Our venues will not be available for gatherings of more than 100 people
* Council meetings scheduled in the Council Chambers have been relocated to the Waihinga Centre to provide more room for physical distancing, which for our public venues is 2 metres
* Please use the hand sanitizer available on entry
* Please sign into the contact tracing register at the counter, and
* Use the Government contract tracing app if you have it – QR code signs are available
* Cleaning protocols have been increased.

Parks, transfer/recycling stations and public toilets:

* All open as normal but with extra cleaning in place, as per protocols
* Please practise physical distancing – 2 metres
* Contactless payment at transfer stations/recycling centres is encouraged.
Offsite council appointments:
* Visiting council staff will be following protocols, including using hand sanitiser, masks and keep a 2-metre physical distance.

Communications:

* Council’s Response Team has been re-activated and will communicate and coordinate with the Civil Defence Emergency Management, and the other two Wairarapa district councils where appropriate
* Council’s website, Facebook and Neighbourly will be used to share updates on COVID-related information.

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2 days ago

Poll: Should Aayla be allowed to play?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A team of keen young Petone rugby league players will forfeit their points and risk disqualifying themselves in an upcoming tournament because one of their star players is banned.
The reason? She’s a girl. Aayla Toman, 13, has been told she’s not allowed to play in the u13 boys’ grade in Wellington’s Pacific Youth Cup because of her gender – something that led her club team, the u13 Petone Panthers, to play her ‘illegally’ all season.
New Zealand Rugby League rules state the maximum age for males and females to play in mixed gender full contact rugby league is 12 years of age.

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Should Aayla be allowed to play?
  • 75.8% Yes
    75.8% Complete
  • 24.2% No
    24.2% Complete
567 votes
3 days ago

Way Back Wednesday

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Who recognises this famous photo from the Stuff archives?
Hint: It has come to represent a pivotal moment in New Zealand history.

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6 hours ago

Pet of the Day

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The Pet of the Day this week is a British shorthair, Zsa Zsa.
Owner Dawn Kelly says Zsa Zsa has not been well and she would love her to have her 15 minutes of fame.

The Pet of the Day will no longer be appearing in the Dominion Post and instead you will find it on Neighbourly every Saturday.
If you want your pet featured, email us on yourpet@dompost.co.nz