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Vaccine passes required at Council premises

Media Release -


Following the Government’s move to put New Zealand into the red setting of the Covid Protection Framework, Council and Destination Westland wish to advise the community about what to expect when visiting Council premises.

Scanning in using the Covid tracer app, or using the alternative sign-in process, and wearing a mask is mandatory at all Council premises. From 11.59pm, Monday 24 January, visitors, the public and contractors will need to show a vaccine passport to enter the following Council premises:

  • Westland District Council main office and Customer Service Centre
  • Westland District Library
  • Hokitika Museum

Other Council premises:

  • Hokitika i-SITE - is restricted to a maximum of 10 people at a time. AA/NZTA services are available by appointment only and reader tests will not be permitted.
  • Hokitika Swimming Pool - from 11:59pm Monday 24 January, Hokitika Swimming Pool will be restricted to a maximum of 25 people in the facility at all times. Visitors must use COVID tracing and wear a face covering when being served at the counter. Only one swimmer per lane, unless they are from the same bubble/household. Inflatables and toys will not be permitted in the water during this period. Swimming classes will continue with physical distancing in place.
  • Hokitika Airport - a vaccine pass is not required to enter the terminal. Masks are mandatory inside the terminal unless seated for eating or drinking. Physical distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • Transfer Stations – a vaccine pass is not required. Please wear as mask and maintain physical distancing.

Mayor Bruce Smith says, “Council has made the decision to require Covid Vaccine Passes for the safety of our staff and others who visit our facilities. The quickest way that we can return to more regular lives is to continue to get vaccinated or get a booster and to take care of ourselves and others if we get sick by staying home.

I strongly encourage people to start preparing themselves for an outbreak of Covid in our community and make sure that you have a plan for isolating that includes your family, animals, and any staff if you’re a business or farm owner. You can download a checklist from and it’s really helpful to make sure that you cover everything. Now is the time to do it, before we have Covid in our community.”


 Media enquiries to:

Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor