2020 News


Local pharmacies open for urgent medication over Easter

Sanders Pharmacy in Te Awamutu is the only pharmacy across the three western Waikato districts open every day over the Easter weekend between 9am and 3pm. 


A message from Police: Have a safe Easter – at home

Police is urging New Zealanders to stay safe by staying home this Easter.


Welfare helpline working

In its first four days Waikato’s 0800 800 405 welfare helpline has taken more than 250 calls from people throughout the region struggling to access goods and services, including food and other grocery items.


Volunteer buddies assist residents in need

To request assistance, please phone 0800 800 405 between 7am and 7pm.


Local demand for food is growing rapidly.

If you are in need of food assistance please CALL your local food bank first to find out the information regarding their social contact policies during this time.



Non essential toilets 

Only toilets  on routes used extensively by commercial vehicles will be open.


Media release - 28 March

A local Civil Defence Emergency Management Centre (EOC) has been activated to help deal with the non-health related responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic and support the Ministry of Health.


Continued support of lockdown will help save lives

Being in lockdown makes us experience all sorts of things: anxiety, loneliness, fear. Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737.  


Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC)

Waikato DHB is setting up Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) throughout the Waikato.


Creditors process during lock down

We are changing the way we pay creditors to make it easier during the lockdown period


Building & resource consents

Consents can still be lodged electronically with Council.


Emergency Council Meeting

This is formal notification that we will be holding an Emergency Council meeting under section 7, Clause 22a of the Local Government Act tomorrow - Wednesday 25 March 2020 to commence at 11am.


Ōtorohanga and Kawhia ANZAC Day Civil Services Cancelled

The RSA has made the decision to cancel all public Anzac Day events this year. As a result the Ōtorohanga District Council has cancelled its ANZAC Day Civic Services in both Otorohanga and Kawhia

Councillor McConnell Stepping Down

Councillor Paul (Porky) McConnell announced at today's Council meeting that he will be stepping down from his role as Ōtorohanga Ward Councillor. 


Residents Requested to reduce Waste Water due to broken sewer main. 

Residents in Ōtorohanga are requested to reduce waste water while a sewer main is repaired. 


Te Puia Road - (Ocean Beach Road) 

Update - 10 March - the road is now open


Recycling to help 

Ōtorohanga District Council is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of its community by striving to meet its current and future needs, including the environment.



Low water in Town Reservoir

Ōtorohanga town’s  reservoirs have dropped to below half full and we are asking residents to conserve water.


Te Puia Road - (Ocean Beach Road) Closed

Due to the potential high risk of fire  Council has closed Te Puia Road – commonly known as Ocean Beach Road – until further notice.


Huiputea Drive night closure

Huiputea Drive will be closed from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February, from 8pm to 6am each night.


Tihiroa Rural Water Supply alert

Scheme users are being asked to conserve water


Prohibited Fire Season Notice

Fire and Emergency New Zealand declares a PROHIBITED fire season, from 3 February 2020 in the Ōtorohanga District


Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable Auckland Anniversary weekend on our roads

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging motorists to plan ahead and be patient to ensure safe, enjoyable journeys this Auckland Anniversary weekend.


Proposal To Close Roads to Vehicular Traffic - Targa Bambina 2020

Notice of the proposal to close various roads to vehicular traffic for the Targa Bambina 2020.


Review of the Ōtorohanga District Dog Control Policy and Bylaw

We are reviewing the current Dog Control Policy and Bylaw and would love to hear what you think on the matter.


High water usage 

An increase in water use throughout the district may soon see water restrictions in force across the Otorohanga district, including Kawhia.


Water quality testing - Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council and the District Health Board are undertaking sampling and analysis of water quality for recreational purposes once a week during the summer.


Anniversary weekend and Waitangi Day hours 

Some of our services will be affected by the public holidays coming up


Flushing taps

The water provided by Council supplies may very slowly dissolve the metal of household pipes and plumbing fittings.