Golden Rules

Information for Businesses

Recovery Information




Alert Level 1

 At alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.


COVID-19 Alert Level Summary

Find the most recent up to date information on New Zealand's Alert Level here

Information for businesses 

What you need to know

At Alert Level 1, businesses can open to the public. Please ensure you are following public health guidance,  this may include physical distancing and record keeping.

Contact tracing

It’s really important for everyone to play their part and track their movements and interactions with others.

The NZ COVID Tracer app is for your customers to track their movements.

For some workplaces, you will need to keep contact tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction for example workers, contractors or customers.

Further advice

If you are unsure of your requirements or how to manage contact tracing records under Alert Level 2, you can call the business advice helpline on 0800 500 362.


Where to find COVID-19 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 - September 2020 (002).jpg (82KB pdf)

Download the PDF here: Recovery-Plan-Action-Summary-September-2020.pdf (86KB pdf)

Previous Plans are available below: 

Update 4, 4 August 2020:  (82KB pdf)Recovery-Plan-Action-Summary-3-August-2020.pdf (84KB pdf)

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.