Hikurangi Community Covid Response Plan

 The HBA and Hikurangi Community Volunteers are working hard in the background to develop a community response plan for the Hikurangi District that provides support and guidance for those with questions about or are effected by Covid19. We do not yet know the impact covid19 may have on our community, so our group's aim is to be prepared for a possible outbreak and ensure information is available for anyone in our district who may end up effected by the illness.  We aim to cover the following areas:-Hikurangi Township-Hukerenui-Towai-Whakapara-Puhipuhi-Whangaruru-Whananaki North and South-Opuawhanga-Marua-Kauri We are working on a variety of initiatives that can provide support  for local residents, which includes: Community HelplineWe are developing a community helpline that people can call for local support as they recover from covid19 or for local help and information about any covid19 issues.  Our 0800 phone number will be available 24/7 and is monitored by current or retired health professionals who will have contact lists for places that can meet your needs should you require help.  We prioritize making sure accurate information is in our community regarding locations of interest in our district, information around correct isolation and cleaning protocols, provision of food, medical, and cleaning supplies, amongst other topics. WE ARE CALLING FOR MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SERVICE.  PLEASE EMAIL ADMIN@HIKURANGI.CO.NZ IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP.Please note the advice from the Northland District Health Board is that if you have any covid19 symptoms you should get a test.  We will in due course provide a list of testing locations and have them listed on our hikurangi.co.nz website.  If you aren't able to access a test call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. Community Information BookletThis will be developed over the coming weeks and the purpose of this booklet is to help ensure you have prepared your home and family for an invasion of covid19.  With guidelines around isolation protocols and how/when/where to get tested etc, we also include a checklist to ensure you have thought about what could happen if your household needs to lockdown and isolate, covering issues such as emergency contacts and who can feed your pets if you are unable to.    For now, here is the NZ Governments advice on preparing your household for a covid19 outbreak:CLICK HERE Emergency SuppliesWe are working with local community groups who are able to drop off emergency supplies to your home if you need to isolate and require food, medical equipment, or cleaning supplies.  In time we are also hoping to be able to drop off rapid antigen tests too if you suspect you have covid19 but are unable/not wanting to get to a testing site in Whangarei.WE ARE CALLING FOR LOCAL PRODUCE SUPPLIERS WHO ARE WILLING TO DONATE FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED.  IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS SERVICE PLEASE EMAIL ADMIN@HIKURANGI.CO.NZ.  Vaccinations and TestingWe will be liaising with local medical practices and other health providers to issue a list of testing sites/dates and vaccination sites/dates that are located closest to our district.  Please keep an eye on our website for updated details as we consolidate all the public health information.  

Mobile Vacination Clinic

The Hikurangi Rugby Club and Hikurangi Bowling Club has been working alongside Ngati Hine Health Trust to bring a mobile vaccination clinic out to Hikurangi.  On Friday 19th November between 5.30-7.30pm the mobile vaccination clinic will be outside the Hikurangi rugby Club on Park Street, Hikurangi. 

Hikurangi Event Changes

Due to covid 19 restrictions in level 2 or 3, or in level orange or green, we have had to make changes tot he up coming end of year events that were planned for Hikurangi.  More information provided below: Hikurangi Fireworks  -  POSTPONED Due to the inability to monitor and maintain social distancing, the Hikurangi Fireworks Extravaganza has been postposed to align with Matariki celebrations in 2022.  The proposed date for this is Friday 24th June, however that will be confirmed closer to the time.   Hikurangi Community Dinner  -  GOING AHEAD The criteria in place means that we are able to proceed with this event with a few changes.  Firstly the seating will be allocated with 1m social distancing rules, and secondly dinner will now be served instead of a buffet.  RSVP's are essential and need to go to admin@hikurangi.co.nz or text/call 021 616 755 by Friday 12th November 2021.  Hikurangi Xmas Parade  -  CANCELLED Due to the inability to manage social distancing, scanning/sign in requirements, and under 100 people attendance limit, there is no way the parade could proceed under any of the alert levels.  We hope for this to be able to proceed in 2022.  Hikurangi Xmas Festival  -  GOING AHEAD The Xmas markets and harvest festival are able to proceed under alert level rules, however the markets must be contained to an "event facility" to support monitored social distancing and scanning/sign in abilities.  Therefor the markets will be contained at the Hikurangi Hall premises.  The markets going ahead is dependent on the amount of bookings, so the final decision will be made on Monday 29th November 2021, with the markets/festival planned for Saturday 11th December 2021.   For any bookings or inquiries please email friendship@hikurangi.co.nz or phone 4338 452.‚Äč

Hikurangi Bowling Club - Twilight Bowls

Twilight bowls is returning to the Hikurangi Rugby Club from Friday 8th October 2021. BBQRafflesBar Bring your friends or meet new onesPrizes for the winnersOnly $5 per personGames start at 5.45pm SEE YOU THERE!  

Hikurangi Tennis Club 2021 Summer Season

Our local tennis club is getting ready to open for our upcoming summer season! Our beloved club is looking at opening up to the public in a variety of ways this summer and we are looking forward to sharing our amazing facility with you! Working BeeOur first step is to invite the community to an upcoming working bee where we are looking to tidy up the turf and courts, open up and thoroughly clean the inside of the clubrooms, as hopefully if all goes to plan we would also like to paint the exterior and roof of the clubrooms.  If you are interested in coming along to help us with this general cleanup please do so, we welcome all volunteers.  Our date for this working bee is set at Friday 1st October 2021 from 4pm until whenever it is finished.  If you have any tools or cleaning supplies you would like to bring to help with we would appreciate it. Open DaysOnce our working bee is complete we are wanting to open to the public for 2 open days over the school holidays.  On Thursday 7th October and Thursday 14th October we will open the courts for public access from 2pm to 6pm.  We hope there will be a sausage sizzle available on these days too.  People of all ages are welcome to come along and have a hit around for free.  We recommend bringing your own rackets and balls if you have them but we will have a small amount available to borrow. Public/Club SessionsStarting Thursday 21st October will be our regular public/club sessions.  Each Thursday until the 31st March we will open the courts from 4pm onwards for the public to come and play games.  The cost for this is $20 per individual or $30 per family for the season, of which you can attend on any of the Thursdays.  Private Key HireOur facility is also available to hire privately if you wish to have your own key and go to play tennis whenever you like.  The clubrooms are not included in this hire.  You can join up for a key hire any time of year and the costs of key hire depends on what month you join.  Our tennis year runs from April to March so you can book a seasonal key or use the pro-rata system if you join part way through the year.  Keys are available for pickup from the Friendship House office (open Mon/Tue/Thu 9.30-12pm and Fri 9.30-4) located in the Hikurangi Hall on King Street.  There is no eftpos available here so please either bring the correct cash with you or you can make an online payment and show to the office staff whilst collecting your key.  A contract must be filled out and signed before receiving your key, which is available to view/print below and includes the key costs.  Please note your key hire can roll over from year to year if you choose, however the $20 key bond cannot be refunded until the key has been returned to the club.   Private Hire Contract and Costs CLICK HERE If you would like to get in touch with the committee of the Hikurangi Tennis Club, you can email tennis@hikurangi.co.nz or stop in to the Friendship House office.   If you are interested in volunteering to help with tennis as a  supervisor or coach, please contact Vicky on 021 159 3852.

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