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Ruapehu EOC Situation Report

  • ​All of NZ is now at Alert Level 4

  • The focus is on stopping the spread of COVID-19 and eliminating the virus.

  • Stay at home, other than for essential personal movement.
  • Stay in your bubble.
  • People should keep 2 metres apart outside home (apart from with people within their extended bubble). This requirement does not apply to emergency and frontline public services (e.g. healthcare).​
  • If you are in need of welfare support please call Council on 07 895 8188 or 06 385 8364

  • Civil Defence Group Welfare: 0800 725 678 between 7am – 7pm
  • For the latest updates, more information and advice including ​on what ‘staying at home’ means visit​

​Ruapehu Civil Def​ence response​

COVID-19 is a health issue and as such the emergency response is being led by the Ministry of Health and area Health Boards with Council’s civil defence capability in support.
As Ruapehu is one of NZ’s largest districts we have two Health Boards:
  • Waikato District Health Board (DHB) leading the COVID-19 response in the north
  • Whanganui Health Board leading the response in the south.
Ruapehu Civil Defence has an Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) set up in Taumarunui to assist the Ruapehu District.​​
During this public health emergency Ruapehu Civil Defence objectives are:
  1. ​Supporting DHB response activities
  2. Supporting the on-going delivery of essential services to maintain public health, safety, security and the necessities of life
  3. ​Community welfare and supporting the vulnerable people in our community

Important information

New Zealand is now in Level 4 of the COVID-19 Alert System.

The country will move to Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April for a minimum of two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May.​

NOTE: Level 3 allows more regulated economic activity NOT more social activity.​

  • Left unchecked, we run the risk of taking the lives of many more people.
  • Avoid moving out of your neighbourhood.
  • Remember, staying at home saves lives.​
  • Stay two metres away from others.
  • Remember. You can make a huge difference by checking in on older relatives or vulnerable people over the phone and just having a chat.
  • The Prime Minister has signalled that breaches of measures put in place to respond to COVID- 19 will not be tolerated. The current state of national emergency helps to enable the enforcement of these measures.

More information on Alert Level 3 is available at the Government Unite Against Covid-19 website

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