Golden Rules

Recovery Information




The Golden Rules for Alert Level 1

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.


Where to find recovery information  

Council Business List

 Key websites 

Help and advice


Recovery Plan for the Tararua District

When a major event occurs, councils and other agencies must create what is known as a Recovery Plan – how we transition from “response” to the new “business as usual”.

To help understand what this recovery plan includes we have made an action summary for our community to view showcasing what we have completed, are doing and have in the pipeline.

 Bush Telegraph Feature - Tararua District Recovery Plan - Action Summary - 3 August 2020.jpg (4MB jpg) (82KB pdf)

Download the PDF here: Recovery-Plan-Action-Summary-3-August-2020.pdf (84KB pdf)

Previous Plans are available below: 

Update 3, 3 July 2020: Recovery-Plan-Action-Summary-3-July-2020.pdf (82KB pdf)

Update 2, 2 June 2020: Recovery-Plan-Action Summary-2-June-2020.pdf (87KB pdf)

First action summary, 25 April: Recovery-Plan-Action-Summary-5-April-2020-1pm (389KB jpg) (83KB pdf)


COVID-19 Response

During the COVID-19 pandemic Tararua District Council established a emergency operations centre (EOC). The "Journey" below shows the key dates and achievements that came from this work. 


 Tararua District Council - Our journey through COVID-19 - as at 10 June 2020.jpg (529KB jpg)


Jobseekers and Employers

On 24 April, MSD’s new online recruitment tool to connect employers with people looking for work went live. Employers will be able to list jobs on the platform and anyone looking for work (both MSD and non-MSD jobseekers) will be able to register and apply for them directly.




Let us know you are operating so that we can promote locally that you are open


Tararua District Council gathered a list of local businesses who were trading at Alert Level 3 and beyond so that these could be promoted locally.

Visit to access this list. 

Let us know you are operating by emailing or you can phone us on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110.