Written by: Toitu Tairawhiti
5 Nov 2021

Today, Friday 5 November, two wastewater samples in Tairawhiti have tested positive for COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tairawhiti at this time. Further tests are being carried out to determine if there is undetected community transmission of the virus in our region.

Testing for COVID-19

We encourage anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms and who has had any out of district exposure (eg. Have travelled to Auckland recently, close contact of a positive case, or have visited a location of interest) to get tested immediately for COVID-19.

Please ONLY get tested if you meet this criteria.


If you haven’t had your first COVID-19 vaccination, or are due to have your second dose, then please do this as soon as possible.

This weekend you can get vaccinated at the following locations with no appointment required:

  • Te Tini o Porou, corner of Huxley and Tyndall Rds: 9am – 5pm

  • Ruatoria - Ngati Porou Hauora Clinic from 9am to 3pm

  • Drive-through at Harry Barker Reserve (enter from Gladstone road): 10am – 7pm

  • Community vaccination clinic 295 Palmerston Road (walk in): 9am – 5pm

  • Patutahi clinic (at the Patutahi Hall) drive-through clinic 10am – 2pm (Sunday only)

Testing is available this Saturday and Sunday at a drive-through set up at 110 Peel Street from 9am - 5pm, no appointment required.

Please be vigilant. We need our community here in Te Tairawhiti to get tested and vaccinated. It is the best defence against COVID-19.