COVID-19 Information

Kaikoura is now operating under the Red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Find out about how our services and facilities will operate.


Council facilities
As a Council, the health and safety of our residents and staff remain our top priority. While we want our facilities to be accessible to as many people as possible, we must ensure we can do this safely.


In the community
There are practical things you can do to make sure you are ready for COVID-19 in your community. Canterbury District Health Board has created a one-stop with advice for Cantabrians on being ready and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.


Self-isolating due to COVID-19?
Call 03 319 5026 for welfare support during the hours of 8am-5pm or call 0220614558 after hours.

Vaccine Pass requirement lifted for Council Building as at 11.59pm 4th April
29 Mar 2022

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Kaikōura District Council will be lifting the vaccine pass requirement for access to the council building in line with the Government’s timeframe of 11.59 4th April.

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Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) now available for home testing
3 Mar 2022


If you are symptomatic or a household contact, you can now order rapid antigen tests (RATs) through the newly launched RAT requester site.

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COVID – It’s time to get ready folks. Some changes Council is making from Monday 28th to keep our services running
24 Feb 2022

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With the rapid advance of COVID cases in Canterbury and Marlborough,  Council are making some changes so we can keep the library and reception services open as long as is practical as the impact of sickness is felt on the community and staff.  From Monday 28 February our reception is combining with the library front desk – all customers needing to visit the building should go to the library (remember a vaccine pass is required). This will operate 9-5pm Monday-Friday.  The library will close on Saturdays for deep cleaning.  We will continue to assess the Government’s changes and COVID’s impact in Kaikōura.

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2 Feb 2022

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Cabinet has considered advice from the Director-General of Health and the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group and decided to reduce the interval between a person’s primary vaccination course and the booster from 4 months to 3 months – starting Friday, 4 February 2022.

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COVID-19 care in the community
17 Jan 2022

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Most people with COVID-19 are likely to have mild to moderate illness. They will be able to self-isolate and fully recover in their own home, or in suitable alternative accommodation, with support from local healthcare providers.

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Vaccination passes now required to access council building
14 Dec 2021

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From Wednesday December 15 2021 entry to the main Council building on West End will be by Vaccine Pass only, this will apply for all those over 12 and includes the Museum, Library, Council Chambers and Offices, ECAN and the Kaikoura Star Office. In addition to vaccine passes we will continue to require people to wear masks, limit the numbers of people in our buildings and facilities to ensure good physical distancing can be maintained, signing in and regular cleaning to ensure any potential health risks remain low.

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