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Moving forward together

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
In this issue...

School pupils tackle a marble-ous challenge;
There are Covid-19 alert level 2 updates and notices throughout 
published on a 'you need to know this basis'.

P.S remember to check out and support the businesses that are up and running,see our directory below :)

Hi Everyone,
 7pm tonight, when that fire siren sounds!

Together, we've made it!!!
 Let's pull out all the stops and whistles
- the pipes, the horns, drums, harmonicas, the callers, the spoons,
the pots, pans and lids, joined by those great howlers,
the Omarama puppy dog chorus!

Congratulations and thank you all, you did great.
Looking forward to catching up again soon
(from a distance of course).

These are the last days of the The Wire' which publishes today and Friday.

On Friday, we will be reminisce about our days at home
- the good, the bad and the ugly.
If you could keep one thing from these past seven weeks, what would it be?
Email: and let us know.

The next Omarama Gazette will be Wednesday, June 3 and the  Otematata Chronicle will be published Wednesday June 17.  
- Take care, Ruth
Click here to message, contribute, or subscribe to the 'Wire'.
Here is the link to the Government's
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Some simply marble-lous creations

Omarama school pupils will head back in the school gates on Monday as the country moves to Covid-19 alert level 2.
Lessons have been conducted online since New Zealand went into lockdown on March 26 in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19.
During this time, as well as usual studies, pupils have been set special projects to test not only their learning but their creativity and ingenuity as well.
Below are four videos which showcase the results of the marble challenge.
- Click on each photo and let 'er roll!
All videos supplied.

Robbie Anderson
Paige and Jack Doree
Maddie McCabe
Jack, Archie and Toby Bochel
Covid-19 alert level 2 more updates ...

Check for all information and daily updates

The Department of Conservation visitor facilities will reopen tomorrow under Covid-19 alert level 2 restrictions.
Visitor facilities - including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets - will be open with special guidelines for use.
Those using the facilities are asked to take responsibility for their own Covid-19 hygiene and cleaning requirements.
This includes;
- undertaking extra cleaning when using huts, toilets, and campsites.
- taking appropriate cleaning and protective equipment to safely use shared facilities (including toilets)
Doc staff will undertake the usual winter regime of cleaning and maintenance but it will  be carried out less frequently than at peak times of the year.
If you plan to use Doc accommodation:
- enable contact tracing, tell someone before you go, and use the hut books
- practice physical distancing of 2m for people you do not know.
- Accommodation is capped at 10 people.  At all huts appropriate physical distancing is required – bring a tent.
- Doc huts and campsites cannot be used by people who are required to self-isolate.
Bookings for the rest of this season (up to June 30, 2020) will reopen 10am Thursday, May 14,  for huts, campsites and lodges at Alert Level 2. This includes Doc accommodation on Great Walks that operate year-round.
Hunting on public conservation land is now allowed with the appropriate hunting permit or  required concession
Fish & Game NZ have announced the game bird season will open on Saturday 23 May.

Visit this website for more information including hunting permits, track updates, closures and safety advice.

The country will move to Covid-19 alert level 2 on Thursday.

The state of emergency will be lifted and replaced with a transition period.

Together at home
Eeek, watch them move!

How to see germs spread

And they can stick around
See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)

The answer - We're Better Together.
Omarama School performs 'The Lorax' by Dr Seuss. December 2019
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not."
The Noticeboard
Omarama Golf Club

Under Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions, the Omarama Golf club is open to members only. It will not be open to green-fees players.
Those using the course must play within their bubble. Please do not touch the flags. There will be sleeves placed in the holes - the ball will not go in the hole. 
- Omarama Golf Club president Greg Harper.
Fenz Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade

Make a plan to make a difference
Recruiting now ...for more information about what it takes to volunteer with Fire and Emergency NZ, check out or, if you want to have a chat, call Fenz Omarama volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Greg Harper, 021 293 1171.
To read more about the work of volunteers go to the brigade's facebook page
The Directory

To have your business listed here email - it's free!
From Monday, The Directory will be posted on the Omarama Gazette and Otematata Chronicle Facebook pages
(Listings in alphabetical order)


The Beauty Room
Open from Thursday, May 14. For bookings phone or text 022 485 9463 or book online  E:

Big Rooster Brews 
16 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama.
Open for coffees, hot and cold drinks and snacks from 9:00am - 1:00pm(ish). Call or text your order to 027 361 7223, or order from behind the 2m line. 

Boots & Jandals Hotel Omarama
Open Thursday for dining for limited hours in the first week 5pm till 9pm.
Drinks can only be served with a meal, and it will be table service only.

Takeaways 4pm-8pm 7 days a week. Conditions of sale are here
The takeaway menu is here, the gourmet pizza menu is here. For alcohol delivery conditions click here. Phone 03 4389713 to place your order. 

Breen Construction
For all construction projects in the Upper Waitaki and MacKenzie District contact the area manager Jason Pryde cell phone 021 340 694 Email Website

Challenge Omarama 
Open from 8am until 5pm each day.

Country Glow
5 Benmore Plc, Omarama
Open for bookings. Phone Christy 027 696 4598, facebook message or E:

Four Square Omarama 
10 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama, Phone: 03 438 9895
Open: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm ,Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm
Email order and collect or email order and delivery (within the township). 
This service is available Monday to Friday
Please send orders to: 
Emailed orders need to be received by 4pm (Sunday – Thursday) for delivery/collection Monday-Friday between (10am-12pm). 
Please email if at all possible and refrain from phoning through orders.

There are two ways to access the order form.
(In both cases the completed form must be emailed to:
1.Click here to download the Microsoft Word form. 2 Click here to open the form as a PDF.

GlenCraigs Clothing
6 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama
Phone (03) 4389 816 Facebook shop now open, or shop online from the website

Hot Tubs Omarama
29 Omarama Ave.
Open from the first Friday of Level 2. Bookings taken now. 03 438 9703
Emma and Andrew Moore, email Facebook

The Love Shack Kebabs
Open 11am to 2.30pm Pre-order on  027 336 6495 or just drop in.

Mobil Omarama 
Open Monday to Sunday, 7am to 7pm, 03 438 9834 email:

OmaramaVeterinary Centre 
13 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama. Phone: (03) 438 9868 Fax: (03) 438 9656
Please phone ahead.

Rockgas Mackenzie Country

SupplyMoore Yard
Firewood available, contact-less delivery and payment options.
Please text or message orders to us
or Emma on 027 635 5664

The Wrinkly Rams
Takeaway coffee and menu available
Open 6.30am to 4pm ,7 days a week.  Phone 03-4389751 or text 027 438 9751



CJ's Bar and Restaurant
12 Rata Drive, Otematata 
Open 5pm to 7.30pm (closed Sundays).
Check the Facebook page for updates and menus and conditions of sale.
To order takeaways, please either phone 03438 7792 or private message (messenger).

The Hungry Hydro
2767 Otematata Kurow Rd, Otematata
Check the Facebook page for updates and menus and conditions of sale.

The Kitchen at the Otematata District Club
Sefton Lane, Otematata
Check the Facebook page for updates and menus and conditions of sale.

On the Spot, Otematata
Cnr West Rd and State Highway 83
Monday to Friday – 9am to 2pm, Saturdays – 9am to 1pm, Sundays – closed.Delivering daily (Monday to Friday) email: or or phone (03) 438-7648. The daily close-off time for deliveries is midday. Any orders received after this time will be delivered the next week day.

Otematata District Club
For members, the club will be open for dining from Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Please call or text to book, 027 222 3888. Maximum of 10 people per group. Please wait to be seated on arrival and do not approach the bar or kitchen counter. We will be operating via table service and following strict social distancing and hygiene practices to keep you and our staff safe. You will also be required to fill out a contact tracing register on arrival. Take away meals will be available by phone order and pick up from the back door of the kitchen. 

Otematata Eatery Bar & Lodging
2736 Otematata-Kurow Road, New Zealand
Open from Thursday for dining. Please book online wherever possible so wait times and service can be managed.  Until bars are open you must book for the purpose of dining 

Takeaways; order from the Facebook Page by clicking shop now or from the button on the website, Phone: 03 438 7899,  Mobile:027 525 5505



Jake's Hardware
24 Market Plc, Twizel
Open 9am on Thursday, May 14, 2020
P: 03-435 0881 E: W:

Mackenzie Pharmacy
7 Market Plc, Twizel
03 435 0883
Check the facebook page or website for updates
Delivers to Omarama and Otematata.


Brydone Wholefoods
6km south of Oamaru on Main South Road in the old Totara Hall.
451 Alma-Maheno Road, State Highway 1, Oamaru
Level 2 Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm
Order online at Delivery service up the Waitaki Valley through to Twizel provided by Lakeline Freight. Order before 9am Tuesday's for Wednesday delivery.
Phone: (03) 434 6744
NETWORK WAITAKI please refer to the Facebook page for regular updates 
For information about services click here

Shopping safely guidance 


Simple guidance is now available for people in New Zealand to keep themselves and others safe while doing their supermarket shop. 

The information covers:

  • how to prepare so you can get in and out quickly
  • tips to keep 2 metres away from other shoppers and supermarket staff
  • hygiene tips for while you shop
  • what to do with your groceries when you get home.

Find out more about shopping safely

Kurow Medical Centre and its satellite clinics
in Twizel (Mackenzie Health Centre Private Clinic)
and Omarama (Community Hall)


In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our vulnerable at-risk patients we have been asked by the College of General Practitioners to only see patients at our clinics if they really need to be seen.
For all other appointments, we will now do these via telephone OR virtual Consultations (for this you will need a computer, laptop or smart phone so we can send you a link to download). All screening appointments i.e. Health Heart Checks, Diabetic checks, Cervical Smears etc. will be re-scheduled for a later date.


Call 03 436 0760 or 03 976 0503 to speak with the Doctor or Nurse.
Please be reassured you WILL be seen if your condition is urgent!

Our aim is to bring in patients one at a time from their cars.
Flu shots are now in and will still be given to patients who are eligible but this will now take place outside the clinics and preferably whilst you are sitting in your car.
Again phone ahead first to arrange a time with the nurse.
Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

Take care and keep safe, Juliet and Tim.

8 Wynyard St, Kurow  
P: 03 4360760  F: 03 4360780 

The Mackenzie Health Centre is our Twizel Satellite Clinic at:
3A Benmore Place, Twizel. Phone: 03 976 0503 Fax: 03 436 0780

Omarama Clinic at Omarama Community Centre, Chain Hills Highway, Omarama.
Phone: 03 4360 760, Cell: 027 434 7464.

Waitaki District Council update
The Otago Welfare Help Centre
operating 9am-5pm
Call or email 0800 322 4000 or


Council services at Covid-19 alert level 2
Please check the council website for regular updates to these.

Check rubbish and recycling details here
The council’s rural recovery parks (transfer stations) and Palmerston Landfill will return to normal hours at alert level 2. (Note; winter opening days have now commenced):
Omarama - Wednesdays and Sundays, 9am-12pm
Otematata - Wednesdays and Sundays, 1pm-4pm

Rates rebate aid available from Monday, May 18.
From Monday, Waitaki ratepayers will be able to bring their 2019/2020 Rates rebate applications in for the witnessing of their signature and, if required, help with the completion of their application. Staff will be available to assist both at our Waihemo Service Centre as well as at the council offices in Oamaru.
As we will be maintaining social distancing with the door being monitored by an officer, to avoid waiting it is recommended that you make an appointment with rebate officer Jay McMillan.
Bring relevant paperwork, such as proof of income from all sources to the end of March 2019.
There will be an area set aside allowing for social distancing, where you will be able to talk to a council representative who may be able to assist with your application.
An application form for the 2020 /2021 rates rebates will be posted out to ratepayers at the end of July.
If you require an appointment please call the customer services team, 03 433 0300.
The council wants to hear if you feel that current circumstances mean paying your rates will be difficult. 

Waitaki District libraries
There is a two stage process to the reopening of libraries.
Firstly, there is managing and quarantining the return of  about 6000 items.
Secondly, will be managing safely opening to the public with limited hours and services to meet Public Health requirements.
The Omarama and Otematata branches remain closed.

Waitaki Lakes Camping
Under Level 2, inter-regional travel is permitted and camping grounds will open for the purpose of packing down campsites only, not for recreational camping.
Waitaki Lakes Camping grounds will open on Thursday, May 14, and close on Monday, June 1, to allow people plenty of time to make plans to get there and pack down sites over that period.
What you need to know:
- One overnight stay is allowed only if needed, unless this is not possible, and then campers are asked to apply to, in writing, for a longer stay period.
- Under Level 2, social distancing is still advised so stay at least 2 metres away from those you don’t know
- Keep your own personal contact register of who you come into contact with
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies if possible
- Sign-in to the register at each kiosk on arrival and on leaving
- Read the guidance at each noticeboard and on facility doors
- Campers are responsible for their own caravans and camp equipment

Public health measures still need to be adhered to under level 2 – meaning they are open for business but not quite as usual. Starting tomorrow, contractors will be inspecting facilities as quickly as possible and removing signs and tape. Please refrain from using until these have been removed.

Tuesday's (May 12, 2020)  council meeting was conducted via video link and live-streamed. A recording of the meeting is available here. The agenda for the meeting is here

The Ahuriri Community Board Meeting for Monday May 11 has been cancelled.
The next meeting will be held via video link on Monday June 8, 2020. 
For more information click here


 What’s open in Waitaki
The Waitaki District pandemic response information page is here:

The Waitaki District Council facebook page is here
How goes it today?
Other places to find support - click below to go to websites

- Police message to people facing family harm

The police are urging anyone with concerns or information about family harm in their community to get in touch as soon as they can. If you are in immediate danger and you cannot call 111, leave your house and get out of harm’s way. Your safety comes first. Get to a safe distance and then ask a neighbour, or a passer-by (at a two metre distance) to call 111 for you.  Neighbours and friends are urged  to contact police if they have concerns.
A list of support services is below:
211 Helpline (0800 211 211) – for help finding, and direct transfer to, community-based health and social support services in your area. 
Find your Local Women's Refuge by calling 0800 743 843 (0800 REFUGE) to be linked up with an advocate in your area. 
Victim Support – call 0800 842 846. 
Victim Information Line/Victim Centre – call 0800 650 654 or email
Shine domestic abuse services – free call 0508 744 633 (9am to 11pm) if you're experiencing domestic abuse, or want to know how to help someone else.  
Family violence information line – call 0800 456 450 to find out about local services or how to help someone near you.  
Elder Abuse Helpline – call 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK) - a 24-hour service answered by registered nurses who can connect to local elder abuse specialist providers.  
Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau.  
Shakti New Zealand – call 0800 742 584 for culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin who have experienced domestic violence.  
Safe to Talk – sexual harm helpline. Call 0800 044 334, text 4334 or email  
Rape Crisis Centres – call 0800 88 3300 for contact details of your local centre. 
Male Survivors Aotearoa New Zealand – call 0800 044 344. 
Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau. 
ACC Sensitive Claims Unit – call 0800 735 566 for access to services related to sexual abuse or sexual assault. 
Hey Bro helpline – call 0800 HeyBro (0800 439 276). 24/7 help for men who feel they're going to harm a loved one or whānau member. 
Korowai Tumanoko – text or call 022 474 7044 for a kaupapa Māori service for those with concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.  
Need to Talk? 1737 – free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. 
Youthline – call 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email
Kidsline – call 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age (24-hour service). 
Skylight– call 0800 299 100 helping children, young people and their families and whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief. 
Oranga Tamariki – call 0508 325 459 (0508 FAMILY) or email for concerns about children and young people.
Covid-19 Hotline – 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) Use this line for any health concerns or if you need help with what to do if you are starting to show signs of Covid-19. Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mental Health and Wellbeing – 1737
This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Financial Support – 0800 779 997
For individuals and families. Information on what assistance may be available to you. Call 8am-10pm, seven days a week.
For practical ideas on looking after yourself and your whānau:
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
It's all right...

Advice for Farmers
Otago Rural Support Trust: 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) continues to provide its support service over the phone or on Skype/Zoom during lockdown.
They can help connect farming families with business advice, suppliers, financial information, health, and counselling services. Their services are free and confidential.
Guidance is going out to farmers about managing under meatworks’ capacity restrictions.
See for details.
Industry groups and MPI have launched a stock feed planning service for all farmers nation-wide.
Toll free numbers:
drystock farmers call 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352), dairy sector 0800 4DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969), anyone can call 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477).
See MPI’s COVID-19 & Primary Industries FAQ webpage for more information:
Industry and MPI are also preparing advice about the 1 June dairy “Gypsy Day” changes, which will be promoted by industry groups and Federated Farmers.
One, two, three, mmm? 
Stay tuned...catch you again Friday :)
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Just to let you all know, the next Omarama Gazette will be Wednesday, June 3 and the  Otematata Chronicle will be produced Wednesday June 17For those who advertise regularly in the Gazette and Chronicle, I will extend your present  contract arrangement accordingly once regular transmission resumes. Please contact me if you would prefer a refund - many thanks for your support.
Omarama Gazette
Editor: Ruth Grundy,
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