Water, Food & Environmental Health
Kaikōura District Council has a responsibility to protect the community’s health and wellbeing. This includes providing safe drinking water, looking after local food businesses, checking public swimming pools, and reporting infectious diseases.
Kaikōura District Council operates eight public water supply schemes supplying to over 3,000 properties.
All Kaikōura District Council water schemes meet New Zealand drinking water standards.
Information about; applying to open a food business in Kaikōura, temporary Food Stalls and Fundraising, home kill and food safety complaints.
Council's Environmental Health Officers are responsible for monitoring and enforcing specific statutory standards relating to food safety, public and environmental health. We contract Food & Health Standards NZ to provide these on our behalf.
Staff from Food and Health Standards NZ:
- Register and inspect food premises, camping grounds, hairdressing salons, funeral homes, offensive trades and mobile shops
- Investigate infectious diseases notified by the Medical Officer of Health e.g. salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, yersiniosis.
- Investigate claims of food poisoning/food-borne illness.
- Investigate health hazards and/or nuisances.
- Provide information and advice regarding environmental health matters.
The Health Act 1956 lists certain infectious diseases that must be notified to the Medical Officer of Health who oversees public health in Kaikōura. This allows authorities to watch for outbreaks and trends. The list includes diseases such as Salmonella and Campylobacter.
If you are diagnosed with a notifiable food poisoning infection, a health officer will contact you for an interview to try to establish the source of your infection and to help you prevent further spread of the disease.
If you have any food left that you think is the source of your illness, keep it in a sealed container in the fridge as it may be needed for testing to confirm your suspicions.
Exclusion from Work or School
You may have to take time off from school or work until your symptoms pass and/or further faecal samples return clear tests. Each case will be considered individually and a decision on the length of exclusion from school or work will be based on the risk of spread of the infection.
You will need to take time off work if you work in: the food industry, hospitals, custodial institutions, childcare centres.