Helpful links for COVID-19

Some COVID-19 links for you

The WRRA have put together these links for you so you don’t have to go searching for them.

If you’re not sure what assistance may be available, don’t know who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).

For advice and support for essential businesses please contact 0800 22 66 57 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday).

New Zealand Government

The #1 site for information is covid19.govt.nz/

Health

Health concerns, information and advice about coronavirus is available from the Ministry of Health.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Financial Assistance

Wage subsidy available to support employers affected by COVID-19

https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html

Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business.

https://www.ird.govt.nz/Updates/News-Folder/tax-relief-coronavirus

Business Continuity Package to assist businesses struggling due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.ird.govt.nz/Updates/News-Folder/covid-19-business-continuity-package

Government guidance and support to the public to help you stay informed.

  • workplace preparedness, getting ready for an emergency, and sick leave entitlements
  • information for importers and exporters, tax obligations, travel and a number of links to key information being provided by other government agencies
  • for tenants and landlords about your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

Think you have COVID-19?

What to do if you think you have COVID-19 (PDF, 800 KB)

COVID-19 information for people coming into NZ from overseas (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Looking after yourself

How to look after your own welfare.

Future of Waitakere rural sewerage targeted rate

Andrew Duncan, Manager Financial Policy at Auckland Council has provided some clarification regarding the council’s decisions on the future of the Waitakere rural sewerage targeted rate.

The council has decided to retain the Waitakere rural sewerage targeted rate until June 2021. Decisions on the future of the service, and rate, will be made in May 2020 as part of development of the Annual Budget 2020/2021, to be implemented in June 2021. This will allow time to negotiate any changes to contracts that would come into effect from July 2021 and  aligns with the pump-out cycle and the current service provision contract timeframe.

Options that council will assess include:

  • Reducing the pump out scheme to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board Area to streamline governance and in anticipation of a reticulated sewerage scheme going into the Whenuapai area as part of its redevelopment;
  • Aligning the pump out service with compliance and monitoring of all onsite systems (to minimise disruption to land owners and hopefully be more efficient);
  • Incorporating all onsite systems and all elements of the systems, not just septic tanks; and
  • Reviewing the costs of the scheme and the targeted rate following renegotiation of the contracts for the service.

 

Council adopts changes for managing dogs

Auckland Council’s Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw is changing, following consultation from 1 April to 10 May 2019, where more than 8000 submissions were made.  The Governing Body decided to adopt the proposed changes to the policy and bylaw at their meeting on 25 July 2019.

The new Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw will come into effect from 1 November 2019 and the key changes are:

  • removing duplications from the bylaw, simplifying future amendments to local dog access rules;
  • reorganising Schedule 2 (list of local dog access rules);
  • requiring dog owners to obtain a multiple dog ownership licence for more than two dogs in areas zoned as urban under the Unitary Plan;
  • applying a standard time and season definition of 10am to 5pm from 1 December to 1 March (in places where there is already a time and season rule);
  • extending Council’s ability to protect vulnerable native plantlife from dogs;
  • encouraging responsible dog ownership for owners with dogs classified as menacing because of their behaviour;
  • applying a standard lambing season rule in regional parks with stock; and
  • amending dog access rules at Glenfern Sanctuary, Muriwai, Long Bay and Whatipū to protect wildlife.

 

Cats eye installation at Piha Rd intersection

Residents may have noticed that, in an effort to improve road safety, in-road red flashing LED lights (cats eyes) have been installed in the road surface leading to the STOP sign on Piha Road where it meets Scenic Drive. These lights flash when drivers approach the STOP sign on Piha Road.

It is hoped the flashing cats eyes will raise drivers’ awareness of the STOP sign. This is a New Zealand first at a STOP sign and AT say that, if successful, it will allow use in similar situations across the country.

In addition, yellow, non-flashing cats eyes have been installed in the road surface on Scenic Drive to highlight the centre line for road users. With a number of incidents involving drivers on the wrong side of the road at this location, highlighting the centre of the road will encourage drivers to stay on the correct side.

Although it is not the much needed roundabout, any improvement to this notorious intersection is beneficial. However, it begs the question: where was the consultation with the community on this matter?

 

Fibre broadband update

We have asked Chorus to give Waiatarua residents an update on the fibre install that is being carried out in our region.  They have replied with the following:

For West Coast Road, fibre will also be available in January 2020. The build work for this area will be completed mid-November 2019 and the reinstatements should be completed by December 2019.

There are some parts of Scenic Drive which will have fibre before the other area of Scenic Drive.

Houses at 505 to 459 Scenic Drive will be able to get access to fibre from December 2019. The build work for this area will be completed in mid-October 2019 and the reinstatements should be completed by November 2019.

Houses from around 548 Scenic Drive will not be able to access fibre until about October 2021.  We are unable to provide further information regarding when the build work will start/finish for this area.

They have attached a map which shows the areas that the fibre rollout will be completed in. The white outline shows the separate areas which are included in the rollout. Click the map below to expand.

 

New trial Weed Bin location 3-4 November

For 3-4 November the weed bins have been relocated as a trial to the Waiatarua Community Centre at 911 West Coast Road.

We have guests hiring the hall on Sunday morning, so please be considerate around parked vehicles.

Care around entering and exiting the site is required; it is safest to enter the site with your trailer coming down the hill from Scenic Drive.

Safe turning with trailers is available at the Fire Station 2 minutes uphill on Scenic Drive.

 

 

Community Centre now has heat pumps!!

Great news!

Waiatarua Community Centre now has heat pumps in the hall and library; two separate systems!

This has been provided by the building owner, Auckland City Council.

Thanks to the community facilities team and our Waitakere Local Board for the support.

This helps with the climate control for our book collection and much better heat control in the hall, not to mention lower power bills!

 

Broadband Fibre IS COMING to Waiatarua!

We received great news last week that the national Ultra Fast Broadband fibre rollout had been extended to an additional 202 communities.

You may remember the WRRA reporting that when the UFB Phase 2 rollout was announced that Waiatarua didn’t make the final cut.

But now, as well as adding Waiatarua and other communities to the UFB network  Chorus will also bring forward the UFB2 and UFB2+ build by two years, to have the build completed by the end of 2022.  Chorus hope to update us in November on the the timing for the Waiatarua fibre installs.

However, the current plan has a black spot.  Supposedly the area of Waiatarua on Scenic drive between Rose Hellaby House and the Waitakere Estate entrance (around Parkinson’s Lookout) falls below the population density guidelines Chorus has been given relating to property density under its contract with the government.  The WRRA will seek to demonstrate why this area is as important as any other part of Waiatarua to get fibre to.

We want the black spot removed.

A huge thanks to Michael DCosta for representing Waiatarua to Chorus and the UFB project on this issue.

Newsletter Archive Now Online

After several years of planning and many many hours of scanning, tweaking and uploading it is finally here!

Tony Bacon, former editor, has uploaded and presented the whole bloody lot for your education and edification!

There are many great stories here and the WRRA are really happy to bring this historical resource online.

The archive is here!