The purpose of the COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit is to guide and support the local government sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taituarā has worked to deliver this in coordination with the Department of Internal Affairs, Local Government New Zealand, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s policy advisory group.

To date the COVID-19 Response Unit has provided guidance to the sector on finance and recovery, governance, PPE for non-health essential workers, and drinking and wastewater. Work streams have been established for essential services, governance, finance and recovery, social well-being and project management.

To keep up to date with guidance and advice, staff of councils and council-controlled organisations are encouraged to join the Taituarā COVID-19 online discussion group.

Further information from the COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

For further information contact Karen Thomas.