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COVID-19 - Our Response


We are now at COVID-19 alert level Four as of 11:59pm on 25 March.

There are currently 868 cases nationwide as of 1pm Friday 3 April with 20 confirmed or probable cases in the Midcentral DHB area.

The step to move to level four was taken to further reduce the chances of community transmission where “If that happens unchecked, our health system will be inundated, and tens of thousands New Zealanders will die.”

Council has activated its Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) to manage the resources needed to ensure essential services such as water supply, waste water, and rubbish collection continue to be provided. A number of our other services will continue with staff working remotely to process and action the myriad of things that the district requires each day.

To keep up with what is happening there are two important authoritative websites you should visit to find out what you can do to get through this - and This page will be updated regularly with information for the Manawatu District community.



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Are you in COVID-19 isolation?

Are you home alone, need groceries, just need to chat?

If you don’t have friends or family close to help out, the Manawatū District Council might be able to help.

Complete the short Covid-19 Support Request form or call our Customer Service team 06 323 0000. We’ll work with our partner agencies to help you get the support you need.

Business survey on the impact of COVID-19 on businesses

 CEDA would like to understand the challenges our business community are facing as things evolve. They and their counterparts from across New Zealand, are working through what support businesses may need and how they can best support local businesses. Your feedback will give valuable insight into this process.  

This short survey should take less than 5 - 10 minutes, and we’d strongly encourage you to complete it and share your feedback. While all responses will be kept confidential, they will be reporting back publicly an aggregated overview of the current regional situation. Fill out the survey

Survey responses are needed by 5pm, Sunday 5 April 2020. Thanks for your support and participation. 


 Quick point:

+  If you are not on FaceBook but would like to know what we are saying, you can find and read what is on our pages here

+  Self isolation means that you should also consider being fire safe. Fire and Emergency recommend making fire safety checks as part of your COVID-19 preparations. You can read their suggestions here.

+  Go for a walk, get some exercise but there is no need to go to the beach or the mountains - that is not cool!