Need help?

waikato District Council logoAnyone needing welfare support should contact the Covid-19 website, says Waikato District Council.

If you’re not sure what help may be available or don’t know who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8 am – 1am, seven days a week).

The Waikato Council Emergency Operations Centre is up and running so if you are unable to reach the government agency you need, ring them on 0800 492 452.

“We can help you get the essentials you need as well as connect you with the right government department for ongoing assistance. ”

Remember to follow Ministry of Health advice: Be kind. Stay home. Wash your hands.

Visit the website here  for updates about services.


IN THE meantime, you can visit a virtual Library from the comfort of your own home with over 18,000 free resources available online –

Go online book shopping here

Your PIN is the last four digits of your library membership number.

If you have any questions, concerns or just want a book recommendation – join the Waikato District Libraries group.

Don’t worry if you have items at home as there are extensions for anything that has been borrowed during lockdown.


library books on shelf


Number 8 Network has been in touch with members from the community who report people are looking after each other out there.

From a home mowing service who took care of elderly clients’ lawns before the lockdown to others picking up groceries for neighbours unable to make the trip  to just chatting on the phone – so far we’re doing well.



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Number 8 Network - a community website for the rural areas northeast of Hamilton, NZ, is run by Gordonton journalist/editor Annette Taylor.

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