Waikato News & Alerts


Know the water safety code to stay safe in the water this summer

November is Water Safety Awareness month and, with summer approaching, Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is cautioning New Zealanders that more fatalities occur in spring and summer than at any other time during the year[1].

Warmer weather will see more New Zealanders heading to our beaches, lakes and rivers. Research[2] conducted in 2021 found that 3.2 million (85 percent) Kiwis visited the coast in the past 12 months, almost half of them (48 percent) doing so monthly, and a quarter of Kiwis also visiting rivers made up predominantly of young people under 25 years.

People aren’t just taking in the scenery either; over 2 million people are active while visiting the coast, including swimming or playing in the water.

WSNZ’s Chief Executive, Daniel Gerrard, says: “We want everyone to enjoy their time whether it’s at the beach, lake or river but remind people to take personal responsibility for theirs and their family’s safety in or around water.

“Be prepared, know the risks and your limits, and watch out for yourself and others.”

WSNZ says swimming at the beach or river is quite different to swimming in a pool and poses additional risk. While a third of people swimming in the ocean, and a quarter swimming at rivers, say it is not at all or not very hazardous, the drowning statistics prove otherwise. Swimming has the highest number of preventable drownings[3] compared to other water-related activities, with 95 deaths recorded over the past five years (2016-2020: 390 incidents).

WSNZ is urging people to know the water safety code for safe play in the water.
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Ministry of Health

60 community cases of COVID-19; 5 new border cases; 89 percent of Aucklanders complete one vaccine dose

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked – 18 of which are household contacts – and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Covid 19 Updates

Auckland, Northland and Waikato remain at Alert Level 3

The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

For more information – click here Covid 19 Updates

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health Waikato, Palmerston North cases update

All initial tests from household members of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton East and Palmerston North have this afternoon returned negative results.

Results were received for two household members of the Auckland-based truck driver who is isolating in Palmerston North, and eight household members from the case in Hamilton East.

The results of three household members of the Raglan case, who have now all been moved to an Auckland quarantine facility, are expected back later tonight and will be announced tomorrow.

Covid 19 Symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid – 19 you need to get a test 

Covid-19 live: Tauranga, Mt Maunganui added as locations of interest

Tauranga, Mt Maunganui locations of interest

Three new locations of interest have been added to the Ministry of Health list on Friday morning, all in Tauranga.

Uppercrust Bakery in Mt Maunganui and BP Tauriko were visited on Saturday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 14, after an Auckland truck driver, who later tested positive for Covid-19, drove there for work.

The driver travelled through Hamilton, Cambridge, and Tauranga. They tested positive after isolating as a household contact of another confirmed case.

Heavy Rain Watch

AREA: COROMANDEL PENINSULA

Starts: 3:00am Thu 16 Sep

Ends: 3:00am Fri 17 Sep

Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.
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Major road closures coming to Ruakura Road

Motorists are being urged to plan ahead and prepare for delays as construction work ramps up on the Ruakura Road upgrade project.
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Snowfall Warning: Napier-Taupo Road

Winter driving conditions overnight and tomorrow morning on the Napier-Taupo Road, as snow showers may affect the summit of the road during Tuesday morning, with up to 1cm of snow forecast to settle near the summit during this time.
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