March 18, 2020

Covid 19 – Coronavirus Information

Event Date: March 18, 2020

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4 to stop the spread of Coronavirus – you must stay at home. This is not a holiday – please do not go tramping, fishing or boating. Only leave your home if you need essential supplies from the supermarket or you work in an essential service.

You can go for a walk or bike ride of you can do some from your own home without using the car, and always observe social distancing protocol by staying at least 2 metres away from anyone else you meet.

Make sure to look after yourself and your well being during lock down. Stay safe and healthy by eating right, exercising where possible, drinking in moderation and staying well connected with your friends and family.

And please, don’t do anything you shouldn’t be doing. That way, we can avoid putting further strain on emergency services during such a critical time.


It is important top keep well informed. There are a number of organisations who are coordinating offers of help, information and resources.

There are some helpful links below.

Here is a list of useful links and information

  • If you’re concerned about someone who isn’t following Alert Level 4 emergency rules or a business that is continuing to operate despite not being an essential service, our Police force now has an online form to fill out at  This way, Police phone lines remain available to people that need urgent help. Police will use this information to make contact with those breaking restrictions. They continue to educate and inform people in the first instance, but will not hesitate to take enforcement action if people continue to ignore restrictions.
  • For all the latest information and advice about COVID-19,  head to the Ministry of Health’s website . If you are sick with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sneezing or a runny nose, then you need to stay home. This is a practical way to unite against COVID-19 and slow the spread of the virus. If you have symptoms, call your GP before visiting them. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or visit
  • The government has advised that flu shots will be available earlier this year, but please do not overwhelm our medical centres with inquiries and requests. They will be available soon to over 65’s, health care workers and anyone with a pre existing condition and then to the wider population from April 13th. For more information. Click here 
  • The government has announced a $12.1 billion package for small businesses – more information here
  • For concerns about overseas individuals who are not self isolating please contact Immigration New Zealand on 0508 225 288
  • If you wish to volunteer to offer your support to any community organisations contact Gillian White at Volunteering Central
  • Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce has a range of resources for business who need advice on how to deal with their responsibilities . Employment New Zealand has issued some clear guidelines for businesses in regards to self-isolation and the requirements for businesses here .. if you are in doubt seek advice from your own lawyer or a HR professional.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious there are some Ministry of Health guidelines and assistance for managing your well being. A reminder: anyone in New Zealand can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.  And the local Wanaka Mental Health Support Group can offer advice and support.  You can contact them on email 
  • If you’re a Service Provider and willing to help those self-isolating from COVID-19, please head to and fill out your contact details. This can be anything from food and deliveries, to accommodation options and transport alternatives. Any offers will make an enormous difference to those affected by COVID-19.
  • Many local stores including New World Three Parks, Butchers Block and Mediterranean Market are offering home deliveries for anyone unable or who would prefer not to come into town.
  • Kerbside collection of your wheelie bins will continue as normal with all general waste (red bin) and recycling (yellow bin) temporarily going to landfill as the Materials Recovery Facility will also have to close. Where possible glass (blue bin) may be stored for recycling later but this may also need to go to landfill.
  • Lots of teddy bears in windows, trees and fences in Wanaka and Hawea for children to spot while out on walks round the neighbourhood. Make them smile and add a bear to your window!


January 8, 2020

Community Networks – Covid 19 adjustments to services

Event Date: March 20, 2020

During these extraordinary times, supporting each other is more important than ever.  Community Networks and LINK Upper Clutha are working together, along with the QLDC and other agencies, to provide essential support services .  

Community Networks is currently delivering essential services of the Foodbank, Meals on Wheels, and serving as a social wellbeing information hub – over the phone.  The Wanaka Community Hub is closed to the public, although staff from some agencies might use their own offices there.

Currently Operating:

Foodbank: if you or someone you know needs a food parcel, email or call 443 7799.  These will be made up for you, and available to pick up between 1-2pm Monday – Friday.  These will be prepared with safety precautions in place, and placed outside the Foodbank door for each client, labelled by assigned number.  

Meals on Wheels: existing clients of this service will receive meals, delivered by volunteers who have been trained on safety precautions.  

Vulnerable people: The QLDC has posted a “Welfare Registration Form” on their website for anyone who would like to register their need for support.  These will be reviewed by Council staff and referred to service providers who can help. This includes Community Networks who have offered a daily check-in phone call service.

Not Operating:
Face-to-face services that Community Networks usually organises, like Wheels to Dunstan and appointments with JPs, Community Law, IRD, will not be available until after the lockdown period.

Need Support?
If you need support as listed above, please ring 443 7799 or email Don’t forget the key online resources:
Need to Talk? 1737 free call or txt anytime for support from a trained counsellor

Offering Support?
Please complete the form found here:  Volunteering Central and QLDC are working together to match skills offered with help wanted – with the appropriate screening and training. It’s important to volunteer safely.

Finally, if you’d like to donate to the Foodbank, the safest, most effective way is through a financial donation.  That enables Community Networks to purchase exactly what is needed.  We have a Give a Little account, accessible via the link below.

March 29, 2020

Wanaka Library – Online platforms

Event Date: March 31, 2020

The Wanaka library love their community and our still operating via their online platforms.  There is online access to reading material, movies, talking books & newspapers & magazines for kids, young adults and adults at

There is also a librarian available to answer library related questions and help access reading material on our digital platforms.

For those who need to reset a pin number to access their accounts, we can do that to via email or phone.

No physical items can be issued or returned. The book drops are closed. All items currently issued have been automatically extended until 17 September.

Any questions get in touch on 443 0410 or email

March 30, 2020

Look after your eyes!

Event Date: April 3, 2020

Its great to see that a lot of home handymen and women have blossomed in these unusual times.  Please please can we remind people about the need for safety eyewear as our eye specialists and medics can only see emergencies under strict circumstances.

So wear your safety glasses or very tight fitting sunglasses, even for the quick jobs – a quick cut with the saw or grinder is when so many eye injuries occur.  Even when you’re in the garden always wear eye protection!

And take care out there…. from Tui and the team at Central Vision Optomoetry.

March 29, 2020

Hawea Playgroup – virtual playgroup!

Event Date: April 6, 2020

Natalie is hosting a virtual playgroup on Mondays at 10am-11am on ZOOM. Download the zoom cloud meetings app and click on the link below to join in!

Bring a cuppa, your own baking, kids, books and toys!

We are all experiencing a change in circumstance, stresses and uncertainty. But one thing is for certain, the playgroup community is still going strong! This will be the place to check in with other caregivers, let them know how much you love them and support them! Bring your kids to the screen, or if you are able to take a child free moment come and catch up!

We can read stories to each other, show and tell special things at your house! The possibilities are endless and probably chaotic!
Any questions call or text Natalie 02102211072.

March 12, 2020

Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club

Event Date: April 7, 2020

The Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club funding available for children in years 2 – 8 to  receive extra tuition at Cardrona, Treble Cone or  Snowfarm . The money will be paid directly to the program providers to assist the children to improve their snow sports skills.

To apply families can access the WSSC Grassroots policy and the Grassroots application form on club information page.

The 2020 Grassroots award covers all snow sports disciplines. It hopes to include children who want to improve either their alpine skiing techniques,  learn more free ski park and pipe skills , improve their free riding techniques , improve their snowboarding skills plus children focussing on nordic ski techniques.

The club has distributed over sixty thousand dollars to primary school aged children through it’s Grassroots program since the programs initiation with 5 children in 2013.

A number of WSSC’s 2019 Grassroots children represented NZ in USA and Europe in age group and open competitions for alpine racing, freeskiing and snowboarding. Many of our past Grassroots children have been selected in NZ Development Teams for 2020.