COVID-19 and Drought Conditions

COVID-19 / National State of Emergency

New Zealand is now in a National State of Emergency. 

Please contact the following resources if you are in need: 

If you are showing symptoms Healthline: 0800 358 5453.
Free government helpline  0800 779 997
available from 8am–1am, 7 days a week.

Financial assistance or
support for your business or household, .

 Work and Income: 0800 559 009 

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in New Zealand, please visit

For updates from the regional Emergency Coordination Centre, please visit the Horizons Regional Council website.

For information on the local response to COVID-19, click here.

Water shortages / Drought conditions 

Tararua District and the wider region has been experiencing drought conditions, resulting in water shortages in some areas. 

For information on water in the Tararua Distict, click here.