April 29, 2020

Rest Homes under Alert Level 2

Event Date: May 14, 2020

During the different COVID-19 Alert Levels, visits to Aged Residential Care (ARC) Facilities will be restricted. This will be a difficult time for residents and their whānau and friends who are unable to visit as they normally would. It is important that ARC facilities take these extra precautions to ensure people in the facility are safe, particularly those who are more at risk of infection and severe illness.

During Alert Level 2 more visiting will be allowed, including general family visits and non-essential service visits. However, providers will take precautions and manage visiting in a controlled way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission to residents and staff.

Visiting at Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven is by appointment only and can be made by calling reception between 9.30am to 1.30 pm.  Visitors must follow the Ministry of Health’s and the facility’s infection prevention and control measures, for example hand hygiene, physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE.

March 29, 2020

Wanaka Library – Update on services

Event Date: May 18, 2020

Hāwea and Wānaka libraries will reopen on Monday 18th May. One person per bubble will be allowed in at any one time, and each library will host a maximum of between 10 and 20 customers at any one time. To enable as many people as possible to access venues each day, users will be asked to limit their visits to 15 minutes.

Makarora library cannot open at this time as their more limited space does not yet allow for the required physical distancing; additional measures are being implemented to allow these venues to reopen later this month

Once open, libraries will establish a click and collect service in addition to normal browsing and borrowing; instructions for this new service will be available on the Libraries website shortly

An external wifi space will be created at Wānaka library. Print and copying services will resume at all open libraries. All library use is subject to distancing protocols

There is online access to reading material, movies, talking books & newspapers & magazines for kids, young adults and adults.

Any questions get in touch on 443 0410 or email



April 28, 2020

Erik’s Reading Challenge

Event Date: May 19, 2020

Erik’s Reading Challenge is excited to work with Gecko Press a well known New Zealand Book Publishing Company to offer a wide range of prizes to schools and teachers.

For all Primary School Children, just read 5 chapter books and receive a free kids meal from Erik’s Fish and Chips.

More details and entry on line at

Great prizes for teachers, students and school’s as well.

May 18, 2020

Pembroke Patisserie Pick me Up

Event Date: May 19, 2020

Isolation has been tough, so when you’re ready to come out of your bubble, we’re here for you.
Introducing the Pembroke Patisserie Pick-Me Up vouchers. These little rectangles of happiness are the promise of a hot date, a long-awaited moment in the coming weeks when you can safely chat face-to-face with your loved ones over a top-notch coffee and whatever else you’ve been craving these past eight weeks.

As well as treating yourself and catching up with your loved ones, you’ll also be sprinkling some good karma around Wanaka. For every Pembroke Patisserie Pick-Me Up voucher sold, Pembroke Patisserie will donate a $10 coffee voucher to Community Networks – Wanaka. This incredible organisation will share the love by gifting these to people in our community to help them reconnect with friends and family and who could do with a bit of cheering up (and we all know a custard square can do exactly that).
It’s OK to go out again so make a date with a friend/loved one to reconnect, and help someone in the community at the same time. 

May 5, 2020

Wanaka Artisan Market

Event Date: May 21, 2020

Back at Bullock Creek Thursday 21st   from 2-6pm .  A great time to love Wanaka and support local
There will be measures in place to keep you safe, and still bring you the local produce, crafts, art & faces you know and love!

May 18, 2020

Hawea Playgroup – Level 2

Event Date: May 21, 2020

Playgroup is allowed to open back up in Level 2 – yay! But unsurprisingly, there are some new rules and regulations to be implemented to ensure that they meet the standards set by the MoE.

Here is a brief overview of the changes you’ll see and need to know about:

  • For the next 4 weeks, we will only be open on Monday’s and Thursday’s, with our first day back being Thursday the 21st of May.
  • If you or your little one is unwell, stay home. We’ll feel stink but we’ll have to turn you away if you arrive and aren’t well.
  • Hands need to be sanitised/washed on arrival, and frequently throughout the time that you’re there.
  • Our daily sign in sheet will be essential to fill out on arrival and departure. BYO pen if you don’t want to use a shared one/sanitise hands afterwards.
  • Adults will need to stay 1m apart from other adults where practicable; children are not required to maintain physical distancing
  • We’ll be limiting numbers inside to 3 adults (plus their babies/toddlers) for short time blocks; our beautiful but small building isn’t so conducive to easy physical distancing!!
  • You’ll need to bring your own cup for a coffee/cuppa tea, and the coordinators will be the only people allowed to access the kitchen. Baking won’t be available in the next few weeks.
  • Food and gear that belongs to you, needs to be only touched by you; no sharing (or sneaky toddler stealing!) of yummy lunchbox treats, and buggies/capsules/bags need to be left out of reach of kiddos (outside the gates or up high).
  • Our cleaning regime is going up a level (this is one reason for skipping the Tuesday session for a while).
  • You can pay in cash still if you like – but they won’t be giving change. The money tin will be locked, just like a piggy bank, so please bring the correct change or pay online.

See you soon!

January 8, 2020

Community Networks

Event Date: May 22, 2020

“A beautiful place does not always mean a perfect life but having a good community can make a big difference” – The team at Community Networks Wanaka is here to help you. Please reach out and speak up if life gets tough. or 443 7799.  Your local resource hub for social well-being services.


JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks, Community Hub, McDougallstreet,  every Tuesday from 1pm-2pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 03 443 7799.


FREE LEGAL ADVICE  available at Community Networks delivered by the Dunedin Community Law Centre on Thursday 4th June.  Please call Community Networks on 443 7799 to book your appointment.


Community Networks is open again –  Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Please reach out and come in to Community Networks Wanaka if you are needing support such as food parcels, referrals to counsellors, social workers, budget advisors, IRD, community law etc.. We are here to help – McDougall Street, Wanaka. or ph 443 7799 ❤️



March 18, 2020

Covid 19 – Level 2 Information

Event Date: May 25, 2020

We are now at Alert Level 2  This means greater freedoms and we will be keeping you up to date with information on what is opening safely.

General – For the most accurate and updated sources of information go to Central government’s resource hub Covid 19  Local government’s resource hub – QLDC has set up some specific Covid 19 information on their website – click here. Their customer care lines are open during normal business hours 03 443 0024.

Physical Health – If you exhibit Covid-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), call Healthline 0800 358 5453 or your local GP.

Mental Health – If you need to talk with someone urgently, free call or text 1737 for support from trained counsellors anytime, or call your GP. For a list of local counsellors, visit Community Networks .  The QLDC website has support information and phone numbers too. For general advice on looking after your mental and health and well being the Mental Health organisation has some specific support information for Covid 19.

Welfare – If you are looking for assistance with food provision, financial issues, accommodation, or simply need to connect, complete a welfare registration form here  or phone 0800 322 4000. The welfare response team will follow up with you.

Business – The newly formed Southern Lakes Business Response Group provides helpful information for employers and employees on the QLDC website under “Covid-19 Business Support and Advice” . 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. If you are in doubt seek advice from your own lawyer or a HR professional.

We must all stay vigilant, practice social distancing and good hand washing hygiene.


May 11, 2020

Timeless Cook Book

Event Date: May 27, 2020

A Year 13 Business group from Mt Aspiring College is participating in the 2020 Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme and they need your help!  The team consists of Jack Miller, Maude Rogers, Ben McLachlan, Maye Hall and Meg Breen and they want to design and produce a cookbook that will bring the generations together by reviving timeless recipes.

They are looking for community collaboration by sharing a classic family favourite recipe. Send them your recipe and, if possible, a photo of the dish plus a memory from a time you enjoyed this recipe with family and friends or a brief commentary on the significance of this dish to you. They would love recipes for nutritious and affordable everyday main meals as well as some yummy baking treats.

Email your recipes to and every recipe received will go into a draw to win one of three copies of the Timeless Cookbook and all recipes published will be entitled to a 15% discount off our cookbook. Timeless will donate a portion of profits to Food for Love, Wanaka at the end of their project this year.

May 13, 2020

Lumify Your Neighbourhood – May 29 to June 1

Event Date: May 29, 2020

This incredible sensory experience held annually over Queen’s Birthday Weekend in the Queenstown Gardens has been cancelled for 2020 as we rally together against Covid-19 so what better opportunity to stand in solidarity and light up your neighbourhood instead.

It’s time to dust off the party lights, get creative with your family or friends and show how beautiful and bright you can make your place. You still need to keep up the physical distancing and do everything you can to keep safe but Luma want you to bring the light home and show everyone how bright our community can shine.

Talk to your local community group about brightening up Queens Birthday weekend.

Lumify is a Central Lakes Community Celebration supported by Queenstown Lakes District CouncilCentral Lakes TrustSILOnz and Summit Events Limited

May 18, 2020

Hawea Greenwaste

Event Date: May 30, 2020

Hawea Greenwaste is back up and running on Saturdays only 1.00pm to 3.00pm with a few restrictions . Your patience is appreciated.

  • 4 vehicles only to be in the centre at one time, to ensure physical/social distancing.
  • Ops team members will operate the gate and fill out a contact distancing register. (You will need to supply your name and contact number). Please follow their instructions. They will wear masks and gloves
  • Exact fees will need to be placed in a large blue bucket at the entrance. No change can be provided. (Fees are $3 = wool bag, $5 = 2 wheeled trailer, $10 = 4 wheeled trailer)
  • Mulch is still available
  • Please do not collect keys from Hāwea Store and Kitchen. The keys are not available until further notice.

Please tell your neighbours and friends.

May 26, 2020

Hawea Community Centre – Garden working bee

Event Date: May 30, 2020

Help is needed to get the gardens of the Community Centre ready for winter, and the usual gardener has a broken wrist!

There is pruning, clearing and new planting to be done. Please help out if you can as many hands make light work.

Saturday 30th May at 10.00 am. hoping to be finished by 12.00 noon.

Bring secateurs, loppers, trowels, weeding tools, spades & forks, buckets if you can and morning tea will be provided.

May 26, 2020

Line Dancing at Hawea Community Centre

Event Date: June 3, 2020

Line Dancing is back at the Hawea Community Centre every Wednesday 12.30 till 1.30pm.

Cost $5.00     All are welcome.