Covid-19 Update

RED

From Monday 24 January, Porirua City is at the red setting of the traffic lights protection framework. This means some changes to the way we work and live, as protections are in place to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the community. Find out more

For up to date information about alert levels, community cases, and getting tested visit covid19.govt.nz and health.govt.nz.

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Covid-19 pandemic

Porirua City COVID-19 pandemic status

Our facilities at red

At the red setting, public facilities are open but with some restrictions on numbers. Visitors must scan in and wear masks (other than when swimming/exercising or eating/drinking) and stay one metre from others. In some cases, numbers in a venue will be limited to meet the one metre spacing requirement.

There is more specific info below on our various services and facilities .

Council's position (updated: 20 January 2022)

We have faced extraordinary circumstances over the past two years since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Throughout this time Porirua City Council has followed Government advice based on the best available scientific and medical evidence.

The health and safety of our staff, customers and the wider Porirua community is paramount. We have high Māori and Pacific populations in our city and both have been identified as vulnerable populations by the Ministry of Health.

As the Covid-19 virus evolved, particularly during the Delta phase, the Council continued to review expert advice and based on that, we put in place measures to help keep our people and community safe.

Since 3 December 2021, vaccine passes became mandatory at all indoor Council facilities to minimise the spread of Covid-19. We will continue to review our stance as the virus and Government advice changes.

We recognise that some people are nervous about having the vaccine, and that others are nervous about being exposed to unvaccinated people.

We hope to return to “normal” as soon as possible but for now, we believe our stance balances the health and safety needs of the majority.

The Council is obligated under the Health and Safety Work Act to provide a safe working environment for our staff. A consultation process and a survey of staff revealed that there was strong support for a mandated vaccine and since 17 January 2022 all Council staff are now vaccinated.

The decisions above were taken after reviewing our community circumstances, Government advice, the Bill of Rights Act, Council plans and policies, risk assessments and the vaccination rates of our community. In relation to the requirement for staff to be vaccinated we also consulted about 400 staff members. You can read all our information below:

Rates

Rates are a tax based on your property value not on the number of services you use. Council services are funded by general rates on a ‘common good’ basis because they provide a benefit to the whole community whether you use them or not. In keeping with this, Council does not offer rates remissions to people who choose not to get vaccinated.

Vaccine passes

If you are vaccinated or have a medical exemption you are able to access all of the Council’s indoor spaces with a vaccine pass or exemption. Please be patient as our staff do our best to get everyone through quickly and safely.


Usual animal control services will resume. Contact tracing and masks will be mandatory for people collecting animals from the pound.


At the Arena entrance your vaccine pass will be sited by one of our staff and then scanned at reception/ gym reception for verification. We hope this will help reduce and delays this presentation of passes may cause.

Open with restricted numbers.

  • Gym - maximum of 40 people
  • Group Fitness - maximum of 20 people. Bookings only needed for RPM, Sprint and Circuit, but if class numbers increase, bookings may be required
  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory
  • 1m distancing required
  • Proof of vaccination required to enter premises
  • Fans, water stations and showers will be operational
  • If working with a trainer please maintain 1m distance


At the Arena entrance your pass will be sited by one of our staff and then scanned at reception/ gym reception for verification. We hope this will help reduce and delays this presentation of passes may cause.

Open at red setting, with numbers restricted to 100. One metre distancing for all staff and customers.

Session times will run on weekends and school holidays. Closed 10.30am - 11am, 1.30pm - 2pm and 4.30pm - 5pm for cleaning.

  • Contact tracing mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory (excluding in the pool)
  • Proof of vaccination required to enter premises
  • Pools open with up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing
  • Contactless payment preferred
  • Lap pools open
  • Leisure pool open
  • Toddler pool closed
  • Sauna and steam room closed
  • Spa pools open
  • No features or waves will be running, but the hyrdoslide will be operating
  • Pool sessions operate on weekends, public holidays and school holidays
  • Aquarobic classes operating
  • Learn to Swim operating with health measures in place

  • Building inspections will continue, provided a Covid-19 site control plan is in place on site.
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory when visiting sites

To all our business whanau in Porirua , we know you are going through uncertain and tough times during the pandemic. Please see our business hub. We know this is a difficult time. Please look after yourselves and each other


  • Open to the public with capacity limits based on 1mtr distancing
  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to book a hall
  • Hirers required to sight vaccination passes of attendees


Mungavin Hall

Main Hall: To comply with the 1 metre restriction under the current Covid-19 Traffic Light Protection Framework  the maximum number of people allowed  in the hall is 130.  There is a curtained stage plus kitchen, toilets and a separate entrance

Supper Room: To comply with the 1 metre restriction under the current Covid-19 Traffic Light Protection Framework  the maximum number of people allowed  in the supper room is 30. It has its own kitchen, toilets and separate entrance


Ngatitoa Hall

To comply with the 1 metre restriction under the current Covid-19 Traffic Light Protection Framework  the maximum number of people allowed  in the hall is 140. It has a kitchen and a separate supper area


Plimmerton Hall

Main Hall: To comply with the 1 metre restriction under the current Covid-19 Traffic Light Protection Framework  the maximum number of people allowed  in the hall is 60. It has a stage with separate dressing room and is also suitable for indoor bowls. It shares the kitchen and toilets with the supper room and has a separate entrance

Supper Room: To comply with the 1 metre restriction under the current Covid-19 Traffic Light Protection Framework  the maximum number of people allowed  in the supper room is 25. It shares the kitchen and toilets with the hall and has a separate entrance


  • Our front counter at 16 Cobham Court will operate at normal hours and offer a full service.
  • Record keeping / scanning required for everyone including contractors and visitors
  • Face coverings are mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Contactless payment preferred.
  • Customers with appointments will be required to wait in a seated area as directed by staff

  • Open to the public with capacity limits based on 1mtr distancing
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises.
  • Contactless payment preferred.

  • Council and Committee meetings continue with physical distancing in place (1mtr between staff)
  • Members of the public can attend via zoom
  • You can find the livestream on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/poriruacity


The Council has moved to internet banking for all payments. Please see our pay online webpage for online payment details. www.poriruacity.govt.nz/contact/pay-online/


  • Dog parks are open, but physical distancing applies.

  • All Library branches are open, limited to 100 people with 1m physical distancing
  • Some services may not be available because of the need for physical distancing.
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory
  • No limits to events
  • Public computers are available
  • Contactless payment preferred

Main library – show your vaccine pass on entry,

Branch libraries – show your vaccine pass to the librarian.

Our libraries have eBooks, Streaming Video & eMagazines available for those who don’t have passes or prefer to access services externally.


Mountain bike tracks are open.


  • Noise control services continue
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory when visiting sites

  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Facility limited to 100 people, based on 1m distancing
  • Toi Store is open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing
  • Physical distancing markers and signage will be in place
  • School and community groups allowed with public health measures in place
  • Hire and meeting spaces available with restricted numbers
  • Kaizen open with no limits in place

  • Playgrounds open
  • Skate parks open
  • Mountain bike tracks open
  • Courts, turf and sportsgrounds are open and bookings can be made - no restrictions for events requiring vaccination - events without vaccination up to 50 people, with 1m distancing
  • Dog parks are open

This will operate as usual, with officers maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks where required


Playgrounds, skate parks, courts, turf, sportsgrounds and mountain bike tracks are open.


At the Arena entrance your pass will be sited by one of our staff and then scanned at reception/ gym reception for verification. We hope this will help reduce and delays this presentation of passes may cause.

Open at red setting, with numbers restricted to 100. One metre distancing for all staff and customers.

Session times will run on weekends and school holidays. Closed 10.30am - 11am, 1.30pm - 2pm and 4.30pm - 5pm for cleaning.

  • Contact tracing mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory (excluding in the pool)
  • Proof of vaccination required to enter premises
  • Pools open with up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing
  • Contactless payment preferred
  • Lap pools open
  • Leisure pool open
  • Toddler pool closed
  • Sauna and steam room closed
  • Spa pools open
  • No features or waves will be running, but the hyrdoslide will be operating
  • Pool sessions operate on weekends, public holidays and school holidays
  • Aquarobic classes operating
  • Learn to Swim operating with health measures in place

Our public toilets remain open and will be regularly cleaned.


There is no change to our regular rubbish collection schedule. Please continue to use Council rubbish bags, which you can still purchase at supermarkets and dairies. Your rubbish will only be collected if it is in an official Council bag.


For more information check gw.govt.nz/parks


  • Spicer Landfill is open
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • No cash – eftpos and credit cards only.
  • Bulk recycling facility open with limits based on 1m distancing
  • Trash Palace open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing
  • No vaccine passes required
  • Wear face coverings

Courts, turf and sportsgrounds are open and bookings can be made - no restrictions for events requiring vaccination - events without vaccination up to 50 people based on 1m distancing.
Changing rooms at our sportsgrounds will only be open if whoever hired the ground is actively checking Covid-19 vaccine passes.


Open. Remember the golden rule of keeping a distance of one metre. If that’s not physically possible, then please do not use that space such as narrow walkways or tracks.


  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter chapel
  • Limits of 100 people at funerals or tangihanga
  • Cleaning of chapel required between vaccine certificate or non vaccine certificate events
  • The cemetery is open to the public with record keeping encouraged..


Lastly, remember the golden rules to keep safe:

  • If you are feeling unwell, contact Healthline about a Covid-19 test
  • Wash your hands often
  • Scan QR codes
  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app 


  • Unite against Covid-19 has the latest Covid-19 information.
  • You can subscribe to receive the latest Government Covid-19 updates here

For official information and updates visit covid19.govt.nz and health.govt.nz