Playgrounds, libraries, facilities re-opening

The Tamahere skate park and play ground will be (officially) open from Saturday, May 16 as Waikato district facilities slowly open again under Covid-19 lockdown alert level 2 conditions.

The Waikato District council said this week playgrounds will be sanitised and signage installed to remind people to keep 2 metres away from others they don’t know.

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Tamahere projects in economy stimulus pitch

Waikato mayors say their councils and partners have “turned over every possible stone” in a bid to secure government money to help rebuild the Waikato economy following Covid-19.

Projects submitted for the Government economic stimulus package include the Te Awa Cycleway that runs through Tamahere, and a new four-lane bridge over the Waikato River at the Narrows along with associated roading – the long planned Southern Links Project.

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WDC ceo takes pay cut

The Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion has taken a 20% pay cut for the next six months.

Ion made the decision within hours of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement today that she and other government ministers, as well as central government ministry and department chief executives, will take a 20% pay cut for the next six months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rubbish, water all go

Rubbish collections and other essential services will continue in the Waikato district but the council offices and sites are now closed to the public.

As of today, Tuesday, March 24, Covid-19 Alert Level 3 is in place, requiring public venues to close and for businesses and organisations to enforce alternative ways of working to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

From midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, Alert Level 4 will be in place which instructs people to stay at home.

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Waikato facilities close

Waikato District Council community facilities will be closed from Monday, March 23 as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Government has put limits on the number of people who can gather in a space and is urging the practice of ‘physical distancing’– maintaining a space of two metres between people.

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