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 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.