13 August 2019
Work underway at Te Kuiti Aerodrome
A project to improve the Te Kuiti Aerodrome is now underway.  This work programme involves the construction of a new roadway, an upgrade of the entrance to the Aerodrome, partial resurfacing of the runway, fencing and drainage works.  Maintaining this asset will improve drainage, extend the life of the runway surface and ensure the safe operation of the facility for the benefit of the public and the Waitomo Aero Club.
Civil Defence Emergency Management update
Get Ready to ShakeOut!

New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi (walk), taking place on 17 October 2019.  All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.


We are encouraging all early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations and businesses to sign up, hold a Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and plan a tsunami hikoi if they are in a tsunami zone. Sign up today at www.shakeout.govt.nz


Get Ready website now live!

Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (MCDEM) have a new emergency preparedness website called Get Ready! Get Ready has information about getting your home, work and school ready for an emergency.  www.getready.govt.nz

​​​​​​​Resident Survey results for Emergency Preparedness

This year we asked residents how prepared they are for a natural disaster.  The majority of residents (96%) consider that they are prepared to survive unaided (without outside assistance) in the event of a natural disaster for at least three days. 

However, less than half of residents (42%) said they have an emergency plan in place.  Having a household plan is a key step to helping your family be better prepared to cope in an emergency.  Your plan should include things like where you and your family will meet, a plan for your pets and livestock, and the location of your ‘Get Away Bag’ and what it needs to include (medication etc).

We have published a Waitomo District Emergency Planning Guide to help you prepare for any disaster.  It’s important we all take steps to keep ourselves and our families safe and minimise harm to our community. Use this booklet to set up your emergency kit and prepare a safety plan with your family.

Copies of this guide are available from our Queen Street Office, the Waitomo District Library, and the Te Kuiti Visitor Information Centre.

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Applications for Community Funding Discretionary Grants September Funding Round
The focus of the Discretionary Grants Fund is in providing community assistance for the ‘not for profit’ sector in order to create a strong social base and meet local needs.

Community clubs, groups and organisations operating within the Waitomo District on a not-for-profit basis may be eligible to apply.

Please read WDC’s Community Development Fund Policy to check your eligibility or call our Customer Services Team on 07-878-0800.  Application forms and policy details are available on our website.
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Applications for the September Discretionary Grants funding round must be received by 5pm, Monday 2ndSeptember 2019.

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Waste Minimisation
Recycle right Waitomo
Our weekly kerbside recycling service accepts plastic, glass, tin, paper and cardboard items.  Recycle right by removing the lids and rinsing all the items clean.  Squash tins and plastics, and flatten cardboard.  We accept plastic packaging marked with a 1 and 2 symbol.  Large volumes of recycling can be taken to the transfer station or Landfill.

Please place your green bin on the kerbside by 8am on the day of collection.  Piopio, Mokau/Awakino, and Waitomo’s collection day is Tuesday. Te Kuiti’s collection day is Friday.

If you have a concern or query with our recycling service or facilities please phone our Customer Services Team or email info@waitomo.govt.nz
Why Compost?
Composting saves you money and resources, and it’s good for the planet too!
  • Less rubbish means less money spent on rubbish disposal costs. 
  • It minimises the burden on our landfill – and our contribution to climate change. Food waste that decomposes in landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.  ​​​​​​​
  • Create your own fertiliser for your garden.  Well-made compost is naturally balanced with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, and is nutrient-rich with a host of beneficial micro organisms. Your vege garden will love you for it!
For tips on how to get started visit www.compostcollective.org.nz/learn-online or download our guide from www.waitomo.govt.nz/recyclingguides