To strengthen our community through Covid-19. Brought to you by the Paekākāriki Emergency Preparedness Group and the Paekākāriki Community Board.


In these trying times we come together to share what we have: skills, experience and knowledge. On this page you will find:

Hot Information — updated daily

Resources — find local food deliveries, tech help, mental support and more

Local Resilience Initiatives

Boredom Busters — for kids and adults alike

Local Knowledge — hear from experienced neighbours

Official Information

Contact us

Regular updates of changes and news that effect the village.

Fri 25 August

  • Face-coverings will be mandatory from Monday on public transport and Metlink have launched #OnBoardWithMasks – get on it!
    Take a selfie with your face mask or covering – preferably the next time you’re travelling by public transport 
    Post your selfie to your social channels with the hashtag #OnBoardWithMasks, and encourage others to do the same.

Tues 24 August

  • Face-masks will become mandatory under L2 on public transport from Monday 31 August. If you require a mask please fill out this form and we will be in touch. Please note, this mask initiative is for Paekākāriki residents only.

Thurs 13 August

  • QR codes: From 11:59am on Wednesday 19 August all businesses must display a NZ COVID Tracer QR code for their business. Create your QR code here.
  • Sew it is! Community Sewing Support Group. If you’ve got resources or skills to share in the making of masks please join this Facebook group to help coordinate a community drive to supply reusable masks to the village.
    • To help us get an idea of the need for and resources within the village, take a minute to fill out this form. Shareable for those not on FB too.

Wed 12 August

  • At 12pm today Paekākāriki moves back into Level 2 restrictions. Please check here for details on what those restrictions currently are but essentially you can still go to work and school, but you should:
    • keep your distance from other people in public
    • wash your hands
    • sneeze and cough into your elbow
    • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
    • wear a mask if you can.
    • If you are symptomatic get a free COVID test.
    • Events at home and outside of your home can have up to 100 people
    • Public venues can remain open with social distancing
  • All resthomes will go into full lockdown as of today
  • Facemasks: It is recommended to wear a mask when outside the home and is mandatory in flights exiting Auckland. You can fashion your own face mask using common everyday items like t-shirts.
    • Mask-making working bee: Can you sew? Got a machine? Got fabric? The Paekākāriki Emergency Preparedness group would like to coordinate a bunch of masks for distribution. Contact Kerren: 027 396 8431 if you can help!
  • Kapiti Coast Junior Winter Sports Tournament is postponed
  • Table tennis is on tonight with contact tracing and hand sanitizer in place 7.30pm on at Memorial hall. We have liased with KCDC. Looking forward to seeing those needing a little bit of release at this time.
  •  KCDC services Find detailed guidance at the link on what that means for key services. Please note these may change.

Tues 15 June

  • Bubble Breakout community awards and party. Reminder to nominate an essential worker or community volunteer or group who provided outstanding service during lockdown. Details at the link.

Tues 9 June

  • Now that LEVEL 1 IS HERE! regular updates on this emergency Hub page are no longer necessary until the next emergency. However, the information here will be retained on the site for future resilience and general showing-off of this well-resourced and loving community. Well done everyone. Go and get yourself a coffee and a bagel. Support local. Keep kindness.

Tues 2 June

  • Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving Club Operational Plan Alert Level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission. The Surf Club can operate all activities with restrictions. Training sessions can resume and we can hold meetings and training sessions. As of 29 May, we can meet in groups of up to 100 people for meetings, training and club activities but where possible keep the groups to a smaller size. In the event of an emergency response the POM must be followed and Covid19 operational rules should be followed in a practical sense. Please download the guidelines and familiarise yourself with them before visiting the clubhouse.

Please download the guidelines and familiarise yourself with them before visiting the clubhouse.

Wed 27 May – Clubs & health classes updates

  • Lockdown rocktown! Paekākāriki Table Tennis is back! Come join us socially Wednesdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Memorial Hall, from next Wednesday weekly 3 June. Kids and families welcome. To play you need to be in touch and pay a modest annual subscription to help cover hall hire. You can play as much or as little as you like for the season to September. No rules, no committees and collective responsibility for it all. $20 for just you or $25 for the whole whanau. Bargain. And you can come anytime. To pay subs – txt Mark Amery 027 3566 128.
  • Post lock-down yoga classes with Nicky Edgar resumes this Thursday May 28th, Memorial Hall 6.30pm to 7.30pm.$10 per class via ten trip or $12 casual per class. BYO mat please.As we emerge from lockdown we have an opportunity to let go of old habits that no longer serve us.A regular yoga practice helps us to thrive in our wellbeing and resilience.Come join our yoga group on Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30pm at the Paekakariki Memorial Hall.Starting back on Thursday 28th May, this first session we will explore a simple routine that you can take home and practice each morning to awaken your body/mind and spirit.Under Alert Level 2 we need to adhere to health and safely regulations so you will need to sign in, bring your own mat and any props eg: block blanket, strap.Our community yoga is suitable for all ages and stages in your yoga journey, even if you have never practiced yoga before. It’s fun, relaxed and a great way to reconnect with other members of the Paekakariki community that you haven’t seen over the lockdown period.See you all on your mats on Thursday 28th May.
  • SCOUTS resume their face-to-face scouting programme from June 1st. Please contact our leaders to know more.
  • Paekākāriki Football Club can now begin training for the season with the first game for Seniors: Saturday, June 6th and Juniors: Saturday, June 13th. Contact Michael Lloyd to register 022 033 1225.
  • PAEKĀKĀRIKI POPS JUNE DELIVERY! Kia ora village, we’re super excited to announce that home delivery is back this month! Delivery this month will take place on Thursday June 4th, between 6.30-8.30pm. To make an order just email through your preferred flavours and address to [email protected] by Friday 29th of May. A box of 10 pops is $35 (minimum order 1 box) and delivery is FREE! Available flavours for June: Raspberry Lemonade, Feijoa & Lime, Pineapple, Coconut & Lime, Roasted Plum & Vanilla Coconut Yoghurt, Ginger, Lime & Lemongrass, Orange & Coconut, Rhubarb & Raspberry, Blackberry Lemonade with Mint. Please note that under Level 2 all payment will need to be online to bank account 06-0730-0377395-00, and all deliveries will be contactless.

Wed 19 May

  • POTTY POTTERS COMMUNITY SEEDLINGS DISTRIBUTION. Again this Sunday 24 May 11-1pm. Please respect the social distancing rules and follow directions of the team as we need to keep the number of people in the garden at a safe level. For those who can afford it, Koha is appreciated, as this will go towards continuing our school garden program. Please bring a bag or box to transport your seedlings.There will be more seedlings ready in a couple of weeks time. If for any reason you are unable to make it to the school to collect seedlings let us know and we will arrange alternative options as we want you all to be able to get seedlings in your gardens!
  • The Paekākāriki Bike Library has a limited opening from 12pm tomorrow, Thursday. You need to call and book a time (contact details at the link). Lots of bikes for 6- 8 year olds i.e. 16 and twenty inch wheels. All sizes of adult bikes available and some large adults bikes available for sale. We can help with basic maintenance as well.
  • Covid-19 and Outdoor Spaces Survey: Bruno Marques and Jacqueline McIntosh (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington School of Architecture) and Melody Smith-nee Oliver (The University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) are seeking to understand your experience of lockdown during COVID-19 and how important outdoor spaces are for your health and wellbeing. Through this project, they aim at exploring the different types of outdoor spaces that New Zealanders can access during lockdown and what sort of physical activities are practiced. It investigates also how outdoor spaces affect our emotional response and how such spaces and associated activities can better assist us in coping with lockdown.

Fri 15 May

  • POTTY POTTERS COMMUNITY SEEDLINGS DISTRIBUTION. The next round of seedlings are ready to distribute to the village. As we are now in Level 2, we are now able to distribute these out of the school garden. Sunday 17th May 11-1pm. Please respect the social distancing rules and follow directions of the team as we need to keep the number of people in the garden at a safe level. For those who can afford it, Koha is appreciated, as this will go towards continuing our school garden program. Please bring a bag or box to transport your seedlings.There will be more seedlings ready in a couple of weeks time. If for any reason you are unable to make it to the school to collect seedlings let us know and we will arrange alternative options as we want you all to be able to get seedlings in your gardens!
  • Finns take out menu extended
  • SCOUTS will not resume under Level 2 and instead maintain their Scouting From Home approach until the Government increases the gathering size and anticipate resuming face to face scouting the week of 2 June, depending on the Government’s announcement on 25 May.
  • Hi everyone, Fisherman’s Table Restaurant will be opening again on Thursday 14th May at 11.30am!! You can make bookings on 04 2928125

Thurs 14 May – Happy level 2 day!

  • Pools: Coastlands Aquatic Centre and Ōtaki Pool will reopen from 5.30am on Friday 15 May with reduced services and extra measures in place to help keep everyone safe. Read more.
  • Libraries: Kāpiti Coast District Council libraries reopen to the public today with  limits on the number of visitors allowed in at each library at any one time. For Paekākāriki Library that limit is 5.
  • Campbell Park: Delays to the upgrade under Level 4 restrictions mean unfortunately Campbell Park playground will not be open this Thursday at the change of alert levels, but fingers crossed for next week. Please also note, the playground will open but bits and pieces will continue to be added after opening.
  • The Perching Parrot re-opens tomorrow, Friday 15 May
  • Finns Restaurant re-opens today

Tues 12 May

  • The Escarpment Track will re-open on Thursday. During the closure Ngā Uruora completed the 6 monthly maintenance work and the track is in good shape going into winter.
  • Local business: From Thursday 14th May, you’ll be able to get your home haircut fixed up within the village. Hurray! Dixie 888 Cuts & The SHED (formerly Happy Go Lucky Hair) are now open for bookings. Remember you can check out our other local businesses and services here.
  • Dogs: Dog parks will re-open under alert level 2 and dogs can be walked off leash in designated off-leash areas.
  • Council operations staff will resume full mowing, gardening and maintenance work with robust procedures in place to keep staff and public safe.
  •  Playgrounds: The district’s public playgrounds, skate parks, courts and toilets will re-open but water drinking fountains and BBQ areas will remain closed for now.
  • Sports: People can start using the district’s sports fields again but are urged to follow good hygiene practices and to check in with their club for updates and information about training and sports fixtures.
  • Other: The majority of the Council’s customer facing facilities will re-open but it will take time to get the required safety measures in place. Check their website for updates regarding libraries and pools.
  • Food: pick your own Braeburn and Granny Smith apples at Ration Creek orchard, Paekakariki Hill Rd, by appointment 04 234 8332

Thurs 7 May

  • Paekākāriki Fruit and Veg are now open at reduced hours with contactless service. Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat/Sun 10am-4pm
  • The Lost Jandal now has a new phone number for contactless orders: 027 386 0553. Open Thurs-Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Tues 5 May

  • Low Carbon Kāpiti and the Kāpiti Climate Change Action Group have worked together to put forward a list of Kāpiti-specific ideas for building a more sustainable and liveable society that is secure for future generations. Sign the petition.

Mon 4 May

  • Transport:
    • Metlink return to full timetables for trains and buses. All rail and bus services are free until June.
    • Due to the changes in travel and fares because of COVID-19, they are refunding customers who have purchased monthly rail passes for April, May and June 2020 only.
  • Local online music lessons: Piano lessons (via Zoom) are being offered by Mary Gow who is teaching via Zoom in Brussels, Luxembourg and the UK. As concert pianist and music educator for 45 years she is well qualified to assist you. All ages encouraged for fun lessons and refreshing ideas. Theory lessons also.
  • Food: Natraj Authentic Indian Cuisine (Paremata) are doing takeaways & delivering to Paekakariki – minimum order $60. 04 233 0009.

Fri 1 May

Tues April 28

  • Check out the Keep New Zealand working online recruitment tool launched today. It connects job seekers directly to the employer making it quicker and easier for people to find work and also provides online training courses.
  • Chris from Paekakariki Auto wants to help out those whose car batteries have gone flat over lockdown. He’s given Errol Drysdale jumper leads and a battery charger. Let him know if you need a jump start, or you need to borrow the charger, or if you have any other car related problems. 021 062 7751
  • Paekākāriki Escarpment Track Remains Closed at Alert Level 3* Ngā Uruora have been made aware today that the signage detailing track closure has been removed from the Paekākāriki end, as well as a number of walkers and runners using the track, many of whom were not practicing social distancing. The track is managed and maintained by volunteers, and exists through the goodwill of private land owners. Please respect this and we can have the track open as soon as possible. THE TRACK REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Mon April 27

Food and food deliveries under Level 3 (this info is also logged further down the page under Resources)
  • Finn’s Paekākāriki. Open for takeaways 4pm-8pm, starting with fish or beef burgers and chips. Ordering details are here.
  • Beach Road Deli. Ordering available via the Beach Road Deli app (details below), their website or by phone order: 04 902 9029. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8am–4pm, Friday 8am–8pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am–4pm. Delivery option for immunocompromised and elderly Paekākāriki residents (genuine need only). Check their website for delivery times.
  • Binn Inn Kapiti. Open Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm.
  • Olde Beach Bakery Waikanae, deliveries on Sun, Mon,Wed and Friday
  • M&M Master Butchers now delivering to Paekākāriki.
  • The Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen is now taking orders for deliveries to Paekākāriki from Tues 28 April. Order at the link!
  • Sue’s Fresh are now delivering $30 vege bags to Paekākāriki. Order here
  • Waikanae Butchery are open for free home deliveries. Call  04 902 6776 and leave your name and phone number and they will call you back.
  • Grocery delivery support: Self Isolation Support Kapiti (SISK) will be fulfilling a grocery delivery service again on the Kāpiti Coast, operating under the umbrella of the NZ Student Volunteer Army (SVA). The service has a partnership with the New World stores on Kāpiti Rd and in Ōtaki, allowing them to get the supplies they need, without any extra hassle. They encourage people that meet the SVA’s criteria to shop online on their website on or by ringing 0800 005 902. They will handle the delivery of any Kāpiti orders placed with them. The Kāpiti Coast District Council welfare line (08800 486 486) will still accept calls, however, anyone who rings that line for grocery orders will now be sent to the SVA for SISK to fulfil.
  • Pae Kai has frozen meals available for safe & contactless delivery in alert level 3. They have a limited supply, and would very happily deliver these to you. Don’t be shy about giving us a call either for yourself or for someone you know who may need some support. Email: [email protected]: 04 905 8348Phone or text: 027 405 1109
  • Transmission Gully to restart construction activities under COVID-19 Level 3, using tightly controlled new hygiene, physical distancing and contact tracing measures.
  • Rubbish & recycling: Kerbside recycling collection will resume at Alert Level 3. The region’s recycling sorting plant remains closed, so all recycling collected will be going straight to landfill. We will be encouraging people to continue to clean and stockpile recycling on their property, where it is safe and hygienic to do, so until the sorting plant reopens.
    • Kerbside green waste collection services will also resume.
    •  The Ōtaki and Otaihanga transfer stations will reopen to the public at Alert Level 3. Additional safe operating procedures will be in place so drop offs may take a little longer than normal. The Waikanae green waste and recycling centre will remain closed.
  • Dogs: Dog parks remain closed. Dogs must be keep on a leashes, even in normally off-leash zones.
  • See a summary of KCDC services under Level 3 here

Thurs April 23

  • Public services: Significant restrictions will remain in place when we move to Alert Level 3. Our district’s public libraries, pools, playgrounds and community venues will remain closed.
  • Recycling: Under Level 3 curbside recycling services will resume.
  • ANZAC Day: This Saturday all Kiwis are asked to remain at home but you can join in the national recognition for our fallen by joining the Stand at Dawn campaign. If you’re after other ways to commemorate check out these other safe ideas from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and also check back here to see how Paekākāriki creatively and kindly shares this important day.
  • Community: What is the new normal? Sophie Handford from Self Isolation Support Kapiti (SISK) is calling for people to re-envision Kāpiti. She wants to hear what kind of community spirit would you like to see and how you’d like this to manifest. The options are endless so get creative! There are many ways you can contribute to this project. They’ve got an illustrator who will be compiling all of your ideas into a final vision that they can put into action. You can email Sophie with your ideas and fill in this short survey 
  • Food: The Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen is now taking orders for deliveries to Paekākāriki from Tues 28 April. Order at the link!
  • Food: Sue’s Fresh are now delivering $30 vege bags to Paekākāriki. Order here.
  • Can your business re-open under Level 3? If so what do you need to know? Read up on the guidelines.

Tues April 21

Mon April 20

  • New Zealand will move from COVID-19 Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday April 27, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The country will stay in Alert Level 3 for two weeks before a further review and Alert Level decision on May 11. Read more about the Level 3 restrictions.

Friday April 17

Thurs April 16

  • Level 3 details: The Prime Minister has announced further details on what Alert Level 3 will look like for New Zealand. Read the pdf summary here
  • Financial support for artists: Creative NZ Emergency Relief Grant is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organisations (including groups and collectives) to contribute towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy.

Tues April 14

  • Mutual Aid; great examples of communities helping themselves during Covid 19. As part of Paekākāriki’s Emergency Preparedness Group Thornley has been researching great national and international community responses to the Covid19 epidemic. She spoke to Mark Amery of Paekakariki 88.2FM. Music: Hope by Fat Freddy’s Drop. Listen here
  • WOF due to expire? Regulations have been temporarily changed so that all Warrant of Fitness or Certificate of Fitness, driver licences, and vehicle certifications that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be deemed current for 6 months from 10 April 2020. More info on the NZTA website.
  • Survival packs to give away! Paekākāriki Village Groceries with the help from a few anonymous people in the village, have come up with a way to help people who are struggling to get by for the next couple of weeks by putting together 20 essential day to day items like milk, bread, bacon, eggs, veggies, fruit, canned foods etc. (Please note, these will not contain any alcohol, vapes or tobacco). They will be delivering these hopefully by Friday and Saturday. To get in the draw, please private message Bhavesh on FB nominating someone you think that could really do with a pack, you can even nominate yourself. All entries will be anonymous.
  • Food: M&M Master Butchers now delivering to Paekākāriki
  • The remote school term begins tomorrow Wed 15 April. Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television will start education programme broadcasting for early learners and students (Years 1–10) from 9am on Wednesday 15 April.

Fri April 10

  • Escarpment Track closure: Te Araroa Trust have closed the Escarpment Track until further notice. They have made this decision because the track is narrow and maintaining social distancing of 2 metres would be very difficult in to do safely on parts of the track. 
  • Caremongering: A great website for volunteer groups and those needing support in your area.
  • Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) is offering support during opening hours. 0800 333 879
  • Free Art Classes: x-Paekākārikian and amazing artist Kiri Scott is running free art classes, combining art with dyslexia teaching.
  • Food: Sue’s Fresh now delivering vegetables to Paekākāriki. Email them or check out their FB page.

Thurs April 9

  • Mental wellbeing: Government have launched a new mental health initiative called ‘Getting through together’. If you need support, you can reach out and find resources at allright.org.nz
  • Parenting: To support the well being of tamariki, a new tool for parents called Sparklers at Home has been launched.

Tues April 5

  • The Paekākāriki Community Board have collated offical answers for questions posed to them from the community re Covid-19 and L4 restrictions. Read their Q&A document.

Sat April 4

  • Funding: The Paekākāriki Community Board has funding available for community groups providing community-led solutions to support local Paekākāriki resilience and community wellbeing during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic and in particular during the Alert Level 3 and 4 periods. $10,000 of Campe Estate funds have been made available, in addition to the remaining $1,388 discretionary funding the Community Board usually allocates each year. Read and download the criteria here
  • Skatepark: There continue to be reports of people (kids, adult and families) using the skatepark. During L4 this is strictly prohibited. I know it sucks! But you really need to heed this advice; none of us want further restrictions on the limited freedoms we currently have. 
  • Dogs: While we’re at Alert Level 4, please keep your dogs on a leash even in normally off-leash areas. This will help ensure they’re not spreading the virus between bubbles through contact with other dogs or people, and will also help reduce the calls we get for dog incidents. Keep your dog in your own bubble – on lead at all times, everywhere, during COVID-19 Level 4.

Fri April 3

Essential needs welfare line: Struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19? Call 0800 486 486, a new Council welfare support number. Staffed between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week. You can also request a callback (quick link to the page for Kāpiti)

All the organised support groups like Self Isolation Support Kāpiti and the Paekākāriki Housing Trust  who have been doing an amazing job responding to urgent essential needs, will get referrals from there from now on.

  • Village-specific info: www.paekakariki.nz
  • NZ government: https://covid19.govt.nz
  • Symptoms: Healthline 0800 358 5453 or call GP
  • Self-isolation accommodation:  0508 754 163 (24/7).     
  • Essential supplies and other welfare needs that can’t be met by friends and family: 0800 486 486 (7am-7pm, 7 days)or email for callback www.wremo.nz/callback 
  • Financial support:  0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days) or on 0800 22 66 57 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

Thurs April 2

All the organised support groups (like Self Isolation Support Kāpiti and the Paekākāriki Housing Trust) will get referrals from there from now on.

It’s important that you don’t give up if there’s a wait so make a cuppa and start the crossword (or whatever takes your fancy) and hold on — not only for yourself but because they should know what needs are not being met and allocate resources accordingly.

Tues March 31

  • Paekakariki Village Groceries reduced hours: 8am – 6:30pm daily. They are interested in trialling home deliveries. If you’re keen, let the shop know (04) 292 8020
  • The Kāpiti Coast District Council will now be locking vehicle access gates at those parks that have them, and the gates into cemeteries across the district to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading in the community. Read more
  • Information update relating to COVID-19 from the CCDHB:
    • Tracing COVID-19 cases
      • Contact tracing and assessment is provided by Regional Public Health (RPH). They work to identify suspected positive COVID-19 cases and contact trace anyone at risk following a positive test result. The team of medical officers, nurses and support staff follow up and support those who are screened positive for COVID-19 through testing.
    • Testing for COVID-19
      • People who have symptoms or have been in contact with people overseas, can access screening and testing for COVID-19 by calling Healthline or their GP. All calls are triaged to work out whether an assessment or testing is required, using the Ministry of Health Case Definition.
    • General Practice assessment and testing
      • Primary and community care has been set up to provide safe local places to assess and test suspected COVID-19 cases. All General Practices have designated isolation areas, infection control and swabbing protocols in place so it is safe for people to attend these clinics if required.
      • In addition to General Practice there are community based clinics which are open seven days by referral only. Our local one is at Kāpiti Health Centre, Amohia St, Paraparaumu.

Mon March 30

  • The NZ Police have launched a 105 line for reporting suspected COVID-19 L4 isolation breaches or businesses you suspect are breaching the essential services rule. Please note, in an emergency continue to call 111.
  • Volunteers: Read the Volunteer guidelines from Volunteer Kapiti
  • What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19? Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453. They will assess you over the phone and if suspected, they will send you to a swabbing centre at Kapiti Health Centre (by referral only). Or you can ring your GP or contact Team Medical. You must ring ahead. Do not just turn up.
  • Shopping safely: Listen to Mark Amery chat with Bhavesh at our Village Grocery Store about what he is doing, and what we can do to help.
  • Check out Nanogirl’s guide below
Dr Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl talks us through how to shop safely

Sat March 28

  • Free consultations for essential workers to help boost immune systems, stress relief and sleep support. Phone Leanne Morris, Naturopath 027 2888 992
  • Emotional Support: Young person in your home who is struggling to cope? Check out SPARX – a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression.

Friday March 27

  • Free IT help remotely: Dan Roscouet Ph: 0221 759 484
  • Food: St Vincent De Paul are still doing essential food parcels, baby parcels and winter packs. And they deliver! Phone: 04 389 7122, Txt: 021 215 7098, Email: [email protected] or check their website
    • Meals on Wheels Contact: Joan Hilder (04) 905 8328
    • Kapiti Foodbank is open during the lockdown Mon -Fri 10am-12pm Ph: (04) 298 1907
  •  Prescriptions and other necessities: Message from Team Medical. If you need a prescription please order via ‘Manage My Health’ (online) or ring Team Medical – keep persisting if you can’t get through! Then request a repeat prescription and request that this be faxed to a pharmacy of your choice. If you do not signal which pharmacy you’d like this prescription to sent to, it will go to Life Pharmacy Kāpiti who are doing deliveries so you can request (and it’s highly recommended that you do) for your medicine to be delivered to your home

Thursday March 26

  • Volunteering Some hard news from Civil Defence. Right now (other than enjoying your whanau time) focus on getting together those Neighbourhood Group contact lists of folks that might need an extra hand. The govt is going to be giving us advice on how best to help, be kind and be safe.

While we are awaiting information on volunteering options during Alert Level 4, volunteers should follow national guidance to stay at home.
This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household. Read more

During this time, we are encouraging volunteer groups to ensure their own contact lists are up to date with current phone, email and social media information. They could also look at how they could provide support from their homes, for example, setting up a community telephone tree.

National guidance on volunteering options will be provided as soon as it becomes available via wremo.nz.

Anybody needing self isolation accommodation should register with MBIE via 0508 754 163.


Wednesday March 25

  • Emergency Accommodation, new info from MBIE: All those needing emergency accommodation to self-isolate should phone 0508 754 163. The Paekākāriki Housing Trust will be touching base with them.
  • Free Wifi 2 hour free connection time, unlimited data, at public wifi sites: Outside St Peter’s Hall, north end of railway station and south end of car park and in middle of the railway platform (both sides) around the museum entrances. Just stay 2m away from each other! With huge thanks to local connectors Groundtruth..
  • Need internet connection? The Emergency Preparedness group have internet cable (400m), connectors and some wifi boxes for those willing to share internet with a neighbour. Ring Kerren Hedlund: 027 396 8431
  • Accommodation urgent needs. Paekākāriki Housing Trust have put out an urgent call for empty holiday homes, sleep-outs and granny-flats to help those in the village requiring urgent accommodation for self-isolation or for another reason. Can you help? Do you know someone with a holiday home? Please contact them to get in touch. Ring Tina Pope: 027 232 9998
  • Local mental health support! We have a group of retired counsellors willing to talk with you online or by phone (not replacing professional counselling!) 9am- 9pm. If you are worried about a friend, encourage them to call or get permission for one of our counsellors to call. We don’t want to replace good ol natural and neighbourhood supports. Ring Sylvia Bagnall 021744485.
  • Paekakariki Village Groceries remains open with reduced hours: 7am-7pm with a strict ‘one in, one out’ rule. It is imperative that we do our bit to keep Bhavesh and Horace safe during this time. All other shops in the village remain closed until further notice.
  • Parent support: Join local FB group Lockdown with Kids – a space for venting, support and ideas for entertaining the kiddies. Join FB group Creative Club where local playwright Sarah Delahunty will post a daily activity for kids along the writing/performing/filming line.
  • Waste and recycling: The Otaihanga transfer station closes at 5pm today. Recycling has been deemed a non-essential service. Local providers have asked for recyclables to be placed with general waste, which continues to be collected as usual. If you don’t have a rubbish service provider, please share a neighbour’s bin, connecting through your Neighbourhood Groups.
  • Vegetable seedling initiative: The school garden group and Potty Potters have sown vegetable seedlings. Once these are at size, they will be distributed within the village to those in need.
  • Council customer service centres, pools, libraries,centres, halls and venues remain closed until further notice.
  • Pae Kai following regulations with food providers has suspended all services for both cooking and distribution of frozen food.
  • Neighbourhood Groups have been set up across the village. Please join yours so we’re all prepared and you are not isolated, or can help others quickly. You can drop details into letterboxes. Ring Flo McNeill: 021 139 3581.

Monday March 23

  • PM announces LEVEL 3 ALERT moving to Level 4 at midnight WED 25
  • All education facilities will close (except for children of essential workers) effective TUES 23 March.
  • All Kāpiti Coast District Council customer service centres, swimming pools, libraries, community centre, and community halls and venues CLOSED until further notice. This includes our local library. Read more
  • Paekakariki Community Board meeting for Tues 24 March is POSTPONED until further notice
  • The Paekākāriki Housing Trust have put out an urgent call for empty holiday homes, sleep-outs and granny-flats to help those in the village requiring self-isolation. We have one urgent need for a person currently self-isolating in a garage without power, water or bathroom facilities. Can you help? Ring Tina Pope: 027 232 9998
  • Paekākāriki Art Studios and Gallery are now closed. Viewing by appointment only.

Volunteers, read the Volunteer guidelines from Volunteer Kapiti


Local food options, technical help, medical and emotional assistance.

Food

When you’re struggling

  • Meals on Wheels Contact Paekākāriki local: Joan Hilder (04) 905 8328
  • St Vincent De Paul are still doing essential food parcels, baby parcels and winter packs. And they deliver! Phone: 04 389 7122, Txt: 021 215 7098, Email: [email protected]
  • Kapiti Foodbank is open during the lockdown Mon -Fri 10am-12pm Ph: (04) 298 1907
  • Pae Kai has frozen meals available for safe & contactless delivery in alert level 3. They have a limited supply, and would very happily deliver these to you. Don’t be shy about giving us a call either for yourself or for someone you know who may need some support. Email: [email protected]: 04 905 8348Phone or text: 027 405 1109
In the village
  • Paekākāriki Village Grocery Store Open at reduced hours 8am-6pm 7 days a week.
  • Paekākāriki Fruit and Veg are open at reduced hours with contactless service. Payment by EFTPOS. Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat/Sun 10am-4pm
  • Finn’s Paekākāriki. Open for takeaways 4pm-8pm, starting with fish or beef burgers and chips. Ordering details are here.
  • Beach Road Deli. Ordering available via the Beach Road Deli app (details below), their website or by phone order: 04 902 9029. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8am–4pm, Friday 8am–8pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am–4pm. Delivery option for immunocompromised and elderly Paekākāriki residents (genuine need only). Check their website for delivery times. BEACH ROAD DELI ORDERING APP:
    • 1. Go to your App store and search/download Beach Road Deli app
    • 2. Go to the Basket button
    • 3. Choose your coffee, food, take home meal
    • 4. Go to checkout once you are done and plug in your Debit/Credit card details (Please think of our bottom line and consider Debit please, as we absorb the Credit card charge
    • 5. Pick up zone is to the Left hand side of the Deli. We will name orders, if you are waiting outside the deli, you are able to check if your named order is in the pick up zone (one person in at a time) or we will text or ring when it is ready
  • The Lost Jandal now has a new phone number for contactless orders: 027 386 0553. Open Thurs-Sunday 10am – 4pm.
  • Pick your own Braeburn and Granny Smith apples at Ration Creek Orchard, Paekakariki Hill Rd, by appointment 04 234 8332
Deliveries from outside the village
  • Olde Beach Bakery Waikanae, deliveries on Sun, Mon,Wed and Friday
  • The Himalayan Kitchen open for phone order takeaways. Delivery to Paekākāriki for a $10 charge.
  • Delivereat.co.nz: a directory of 667 independent kiwi businesses delivering during the COVID-19 lockdown. Updated daily.
  • M&M Master Butchers now delivering to Paekākāriki.
  • The Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen is now taking orders for deliveries to Paekākāriki from Tues 28 April. Order at the link!
  • Sue’s Fresh are now delivering $30 vege bags to Paekākāriki. Order here
  • Waikanae Butchery are open for free home deliveries. Call  04 902 6776 and leave your name and phone number and they will call you back.
  • Natraj Authentic Indian Cuisine (Paremata) are delivering to Paekakariki – minimum order $60. 04 233 0009.
  • Grocery delivery support: Self Isolation Support Kapiti (SISK) will be fulfilling a grocery delivery service again on the Kāpiti Coast, operating under the umbrella of the NZ Student Volunteer Army (SVA). The service has a partnership with the New World stores on Kāpiti Rd and in Ōtaki, allowing them to get the supplies they need, without any extra hassle. They encourage people that meet the SVA’s criteria to shop online on their website on or by ringing 0800 005 902. They will handle the delivery of any Kāpiti orders placed with them.The Kāpiti Coast District Council welfare line (08800 486 486) will still accept calls, however, anyone who rings that line for grocery orders will now be sent to the SVA for SISK to fulfil.
Pickups/takeaways outside the village

Tech and IT help

  • Free IT help remotely: Dan Roscouet Ph: 0221 759 484
  • Need internet connection? The Emergency Preparedness group have internet cable (400m), connectors and some wifi boxes for those willing to share internet with a neighbour. Ring Kerren Hedlund: 027 396 8431

Medical

  • Prescriptions and other necessities: Most pharmacies are now doing deliveries. If you need a prescription please order via ‘Manage My Health’ or ring your GP. Request a repeat prescription and request that this be faxed to a pharmacy of your choice and request delivery.
  • What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19? Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453. They will assess you over the phone and if suspected, they will send you to a swabbing centre at Kapiti Health Centre (by referral only) or you can ring your GP or contact Team Medical. You must ring ahead. Do not just turn up.

Community & wellness

  • Stronger together: What communities can do in the Covid-19 crisis. A public health researcher, most recently with the University of Otago, Louise also researched community response after the Canterbury earthquakes. She has prepared this research for communities to learn and share. You can read, download and share the full report here.
  • Self Isolation Support – Kāpiti. A Facebook Group to build community connection and resilience.
    Neighbourhood groups. All residences should now be contacted by their neighbours. If you haven’t already heard from your neighbours, please write a note and put it in their letterbox. Ring Flo McNeill: 021 139 3581.
  • Local mental health support We have a group of retired counsellors willing to talk with you online or by phone (not replacing professional counselling!) 9am- 9pm. Ring Sylvia Bagnall 021 744 485.
  • Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) is offering support during opening hours. 0800 333 879
  • Caremongering: A great website for volunteer groups and those needing support in your area.

Cultural

Sports & fitness

  • Keepfit classes! Suitable for the elderly and younger. Run by Paekākāriki local Wineke.

Kids & teens

  • Make a lockdown diary! Isolation appreciation. Super funky illustrations. Make a memento to your future self. Download and print.
  • Free Art Classes: x-Paekākārikian and amazing artist Kiri Scott is running free art classes, combining art with dyslexia teaching.
  • Lockdown with Kids – A locally run Facebook group for venting, support and ideas for entertaining the kiddies.
  • FB group Creative Club where local playwright Sarah Delahunty will post a daily activity for kids along the writing/performing/filming line
  • NCEA hard copy resources are here
  • Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television will start education programme broadcasting for early learners and students (Years 1–10) from 9am on Wednesday 15 April.
  • Local online music lessons: Piano lessons (via Zoom) are being offered by Mary Gow who is teaching via Zoom in Brussels, Luxembourg and the UK. As concert pianist and music educator for 45 years she is well qualified to assist you. All ages encouraged for fun lessons and refreshing ideas. Theory lessons also.
  • FutureLearn provides youth mental health courses to explore and understand the mental health issues that affect young people. They have a Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Science


We are lucky to have residents in the village experienced at working with crises. Here, we feature interviews, writing and advice.

Louise Thornley

Mutual Aid; great examples of communities helping themselves during Covid-19. Every day we wait for official advice from Ashley Bloomfield and Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, but what can communities themselves do during lockdown to be stronger together? Louise Thornley is a former research fellow with Otago University in public health. She also researched community response to the Christchurch earthquakes. As part of Paekākāriki’s Emergency Preparedness Group Thornley has been researching great national and international community responses to the Covid19 epidemic. She spoke to Mark Amery of Paekakariki 88.2FM. Music: Hope by Fat Freddy’s Drop. Read her summary Stronger together: What communities can do in the Covid-19 crisis or read, download and share the full report here.


Kerren Hedlund

We’ve weathered crises in the past; flu epidemics, floods, earthquakes. And we’ve done that because we care for each other and we’re willing to go out of our way to check in on each other and offer help. And that is how we’ll get through COVID too.

It’s early days yet for Aotearoa/New Zealand and the MoH is simply advising staying home if you are sick, calling Helpline to let them know you are self-isolating, washing your hands all the time, and checking in on the vulnerable in our community. Why the last one?

Because people need to know that self-isolation doesn’t have to mean you are alone.

We’ll buy you groceries, talk on the phone with you, find ways of keeping you connected and cared for. We can use this crisis as an opportunity to make us stronger, as individuals and as a community.

My name is Kerren, and I’m one of emergency response volunteers in the village and part of our village Emergency Preparedness group. There are 20 folk in the group that have been active since Kaikoura. (Your name here!)

I’ve lived in Paekākāriki with my whānau (Justin, Noah and Sophie) for nearly 5 years now. Justin and I have lived around the world, responding to humanitarian crisis. While I was not in Uganda for the Ebola crisis, I did work with UNICEF to understand what worked well and what didn’t when responding to the crisis. And the resounding finding was: communities, when empowered with information and support, will use their knowledge of their communities to fight the best fight. Not government. Community.


Justin Corbett

For over 30 years I’ve had the chance to live and work in different countries in Africa and Asia with populations facing a range of different, devastating crises:  drought and famine effecting millions; a cyclone that killed 130,000 in a night; brutal, protracted wars that leave millions vulnerable to violence, destitution, torture, death; crippling outbreaks of disease (cholera, malaria, typhoid); the prolonged oppression of abject poverty. And in all those cases, I have always been witness to the extraordinary resilience, adaptability and innovation of affected communities and the countless inspirational  acts of kindness, courage and dignity of people facing really terrible situations. 

I share this now because I realise that many people will be feeling increasingly anxious and frightening  by the levels of change and uncertainty that are being provoked by Covid19.  And that in many ways it is the ‘unknown’ nature of the coming weeks and months that is the most difficult aspect of the situation to deal with. Our imaginations run wild, we fear the worst, depression and real fear can at times get the better of us. 

But I have always found that in fact when the challenge finally arrives, people always rise to face it with a wonderful mix of spirit , selflessness, courage and humour. Indeed, the chance to help each other in whatever way we can seems to provide that essential boost of energy, fortitude and positivity that allow us not only to survive the worst of crises but to do so with a smile. It’s what gives us the feeling of dignity and self-worth and pride ( in a good way) sense of community that we all need and cherish – even in the good times. 

If we hang onto this thought, the uncertainty of the future can become so much less daunting. Whatever happens, we know that not only will we get through it, but that we will do so in a way that brings us closer together and actually strengthens us as individuals and as a community. We are blessed already to have such a good chunk of humanity here in dear Paekākāriki as we do – and there is no doubt that we will see a whole lot more over the coming weeks and months. And if ever you do feel those demons of fear creeping in, try thinking about how other people (now and in times gone by) in this country and around the world have got through worse times with less to support them than we have now. Crises can bring out the best in us. When I see how communities respond to upsets worse than Corona, it makes me so proud to be human.

Do feel free to give a ring any time if a chat on such reflections would help. When I’m out of self-isolation (I got back from Sudan 6 days ago) a pint at the Bowlers is always an option too, provided they remain open. I have felt scared so many times going into very unpredictable and unknown situations – and it has always helped me to talk with someone. 

Reminds me that uncertainty needn’t be so alarming.  Seems to me that the stability, safety and predictability of life that we have come to expect as normal are in fact a rather unhelpful illusions. Life is not like that at all for most of us on this planet and we are much more adaptable than we realise. Indeed, such times as these often reveal strengths we didn’t know we had.

I have still so much to learn but realising that we (all over the world) are embracing this together helps me find the strength to face whatever comes, calmly. Hearing about Corona, many friends in the small villages in the war zones of Sudan asked me to share their best wishes with “kulu naas hinaak” (all the people there).  Which is pretty nice really.

Tihei Mauri ora!

Mark Amery talks with Justin, Holly Ewens, Sophie Handford and Flo McNeill on Paekakariki 88.2FM in a Covid-19 Special

Providing community information to hand as council services close: Mark Amery and Renwick Wright speak to Holly Jane Ewens (Community Board Chair), Sophie Handford (councillor), Justin Corbett and Flo McNeill, about community response, neighbourhood clusters, council closures, self isolation support and other key information as Paekākāriki gets prepared to connect like never before .

Essential needs

Essential needs welfare line: Struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19? Call 0800 486 486, a new Council welfare support number. Staffed between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week. You can also request a callback (quick link to the page for Kāpiti)

Dogs

While we’re at Alert Level 4, please keep your dogs on a leash even in normally off-leash areas. This will help ensure they’re not spreading the virus between bubbles through contact with other dogs or people, and will also help reduce the calls we get for dog incidents. Keep your dog in your own bubble – on lead at all times, everywhere, during COVID-19 Level 4.

Playgrounds

All playgrounds including skateparks and schools are closed. Any use is strictly prohibited during Level 4.

Information

Breaches

  • The NZ Police have launched a 105 line for reporting suspected COVID-19 L4 isolation breaches or businesses you suspect are breaching the essential services rule. Please note, in an emergency continue to call 111.

Health

  • What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19? Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453. They will assess you over the phone and if suspected, they will send you to a swabbing centre at Kapiti Health Centre (by referral only). Or you can ring your GP or contact Team Medical. You must ring ahead. Do not just turn up.
  • Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) are publishing figures every weekday on their Facebook page which help to give you a clearer picture of what is happening in our area.

Financial

Emotional support

  • Stay connected to those who make you feel safe and loved. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s an overwhelming time.
  • The Ministry of Health has created a new section on their website with wellbeing tips, answers to FAQs and tikanga advice.
  • You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor from the Mental Health Foundation – it’s free and confidential.
  • If you need a break from constant streams of news and would like some more headspace, you can sign up to RNZ’s COVID-19 email newsletter. It gives you reliable updates from around the world at 5.30pm every night.
  • SPARX is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression
  • If you need support, you can reach out and find resources available on allright.org.nz
  • FutureLearn provides youth mental health courses to explore and understand the mental health issues that affect young people. They have a Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Housing support

Transport

  • WOF due to expire? Regulations have been temporarily changed so that all Warrant of Fitness or Certificate of Fitness, driver licences, and vehicle certifications that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be deemed current for 6 months from 10 April 2020. More info on the NZTA website.
  • Metlink return to full timetables for trains and buses under L3. As part of the national response to COVID-19, all rail and bus services are free until June. Due to the changes in travel and fares because of COVID-19, they are refunding customers who have purchased monthly rail passes for April, May and June 2020 only.

Education

Jobs

  • Check out the Keep New Zealand working online recruitment tool. It connects job seekers directly to the employer making it quicker and easier for people to find work and also provides online training courses.
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CONTACT US

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Holly Ewens 027 270 7090

Tina Pope 027 232 9998

Dan O’Connell 021 161 5645

Jess Hortop 027 512 5061

Kerren Hedlund 027 396 8431


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