The COVID-19 Response Unit has been established to guide and support the local government sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of the Unit is on supporting the sector in its response to the pandemic and ensuring that individual councils are prepared with:

  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and crisis response planning
  • Dealing with essential services including water and solid waste
  • Dealing with cemeteries and burials
  • Staffing and employer responsibilities.

This work will be delivered in coordination with DIA, LGNZ, NEMA and DPMC’s policy advisory group.

To date the 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.

Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit

Local Government Sector COVID-19 Financial Implications Report 1 - Initial Analysis

Council services and operations through alert levels 3 and 4

Frequently Asked Questions Alert Level 3

Local Government Sector COVID-19 Financial Implications Report 2 - Alert Level Scenarios, Assumptions and Updated Analysis

Agile Procurement in the New Zealand Water Sector

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

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

For further information contact Kevin Lavery, National Coordinator.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 LG Discussion Group

Join SOLGM’s online discussion group

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