Waitomo Way

3 December 2019

WDC service information for christmas and new year

Waitomo District Council Office

Our office will close 3pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 and re-open 8am on Monday 6 January 2020.

Noise Control, Dog and Animal Control and afterhour requests

The afterhours service is available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week on phone 0800 932 4357.

Kerbside Refuse and Recycling Collection

Place blue bags and green bin on kerbside by 8am on collection day. Tuesday 24 December and 31 December 2019  – Waitomo ward / Mokau and Piopio. Saturday 28 December 2019 and 4 January 2020 – Te Kuiti
Opening hours for Waitomo District Landfill, Rural Waste Transfer Stations and Community Services, see our notice in today’s classifieds or visit www.waitomo.govt.nz

WDC service information for christmas and new year

Waitomo District Library holiday activities

Take a trip to your local library these holidays to see what’s on offer:

Free 6 week reading programme
Sign up now for our 6 week programme. Read books over the holidays, tell the librarians about what you have been reading and earn some prizes. Enjoy a party to celebrate completing the programme. Suitable for children 5 – 12 years. Enrol before 23rd December.

Creative Christmas
Wednesday 18th December – 10.30am – 12noon
Come along to make some Christmas themed crafts.

Grand Designs
Tue 7th January – 10.30am – 12noon
Build it yourself with lego, blocks and/or straws. Let’s see how creative you can be.​

Fun with food
Thu 9th January – 10.30am – 12noon
Who said food was only for eating, let’s see what else is possible.

Waitomo District Library holiday activities

Water conservation and restrictions

In summer we get less rain than the rest of the year.

However, the amount of water people use everyday increases mainly due to activities like watering gardens, property maintenance and filling up swimming pools.   This puts pressure on our water supply.  

Our Water Alerts and Restrictions help us manage the demand on the town water supply so there is enough water for everyone to use during this time.

If you notice a water leak in your street please contact us straight away on 0800 932 4357.

Te Kuiti, Piopio, Mokau and Benneydale are on LEVEL 1 – CONSERVATION.   Updates are published on our website www.waitomo.govt.nz

Conserve Water: Use water wisely.

Sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hosing is allowed anytime.

Restriction: Reduce non-essential water use

Use sprinklers on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand held hosing is allowed at anytime.

Restriction: Take all practical steps to reduce your water usage

No sprinklers allowed. Hand-held hosing only.

Restriction: Reduce your water use immediately

Essential water use only. There is a complete ban on any outdoor water use.

Water saving tips:

  • Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose.
  • Use a timer with your sprinkler or irrigation system and be mindful where you position it so that you are watering plants, not paved areas.
  • Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
  • Use a broom and/or bucket to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.
  • Wash your car/boat/caravan on an area of lawn.
  • Shorten your shower.
  • Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
  • Use water from your rain water tank or grey water wherever possible.

Water conservation and restrictions

Reduce, reuse, recycle tips for the holiday season


  • Give memories as a gift, like a ticket to a summer concert, activity or experience!
  • Send an electronic Christmas card.
  • Wrap your presents in reusable bags.
  • Use a Christmas stocking or recycled paper when wrapping smaller presents.
  • Look for present options with no packaging.
  • Avoid food waste by making a meal plan and buying only what you need.
  • Use left-overs for breakfast the next day.


  • Cut up old Christmas cards to use as gift tags for presents.
  • Save wrapping paper, ribbons and gift bags to use again.
  • Make a gift using items around the house, up-cycle a piece of furniture or bake Christmas treats.
  • Grow your own native Christmas tree ready for December each year.
  • Get into the Christmas spirit by donating unwanted toys or drop them into the
  • Recycle shop at Waitomo District Landfill.


  • Recycle your glass, cans and plastic bottles in your green bin during the festive season.
  • Large volumes can be recycled at the Waitomo District Landfill.
  • Separate cardboard packaging for recycling or re-using.
  • Put paper or cards (no glitter or foil) in your green bin for collection.
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings left over from your festive fare can be composted or put in your worm farm if you have one.
  • Donate clean, unwanted clothing to friends, neighbours or a charity store near you.

Reduce, reuse, recycle tips for the holiday season