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Council COVID-19 information

Find out about Council services affected by the COVID-19 event including closures, how to contact us, public transport, and refuse and recycling; useful links for individuals and businesses; welfare information; and latest updates.

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  • Marlborough District Libraries direct to you

    ​Marlborough District Libraries may be closed but there are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and more for Marlburians to access online.

  • Annual Plan Update released for consultation

    Mayor John Leggett welcomed councillors’ support today for a range of measures to help Marlborough get through the COVID-19 crisis, outlined in its Annual Plan Update 2020-21.

  • ​Keep dogs in your bubble and on a lead

    Whether you’ve got two legs or four, if you’re out exercising with your family, all members, including your dog, need to stay in your ‘bubble’.

  • Don’t flush your wet wipes

    ​Council Operations and Maintenance Engineer Stephen Rooney is urging people not to flush wet wipes down the toilet.

  • ​Wither Hills and Victoria Domain mountain bike parks to close

    Following recent rainfall and discussion with the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club, Council has decided to close mountain bike parks in Blenheim’s Wither Hills Farm Park and Picton’s Victoria Domain.

  • ​Council support to get Marlborough through COVID-19

    Mayor John Leggett says this week’s full Council meeting on Thursday will offer a range of measures to help Marlborough get through the COVID-19 crisis in the short and longer term.

  • ​Use kerbside services, don’t visit the transfer stations

    Residents in Blenheim and Picton are urged to use the kerbside rubbish and recycling services rather than traveling to transfer stations.

  • ​Wither Hills tracks reopen, public toilets and playgrounds close

    All the region’s parks and reserves are open for use, including from today the upper tracks of the Wither Hills Farm Park. Public toilets and playgrounds are closed.

  • ​Observe the lockdown and save lives – Mayor John Leggett

    Marlborough Mayor John Leggett is urging everyone to observe the COVID-19 lockdown for the sake of the community.

  • Don’t take the boat and don’t go to the bach

    The Marlborough Harbourmaster, Port Marlborough, Police and many of New Zealand’s authorities are telling boaties not to try to take vessels out on to the water during the Level 4 COVID-19 response.

  • Marlborough bus services update

    ​Off-peak bus services in Blenheim, Picton and Renwick will continue to operate as normal, while commuter services have been cancelled until further notice.

  • Rubbish and recycling services during the COVID-19 event

    With immediate effect due to COVID-19, some changes in rubbish and recycling services supplied by council will apply.

  • Some Blenheim and Renwick commuter bus services cancelled

    As a result of staff shortages brought about by COVID-19 work restrictions, Blenheim commuter and Renwick commuter bus services have, with immediate effect, been cancelled until further notice.

  • Council focuses on lifeline services as country locks down on COVID-19

    Marlborough District Council is completing its planned transition to the provision of critical lifeline services, and moving most of its non-critical staff to working from home.

  • Marlborough library services update

    Marlborough District Library, Blenheim and Picton Library and Service Centre are closed as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Council announces closure of public facilities

    Marlborough District Council has confirmed today that many of Marlborough’s community facilities will be closed to the public as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Marlborough Pandemic Group update

    The Marlborough Pandemic Group met again today to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and share the latest information about the economic challenges now facing the Marlborough region.

  • Council eyes rates freeze in light of COVID-19

    This morning’s Planning, Finance and Community (PFC) Committee discussed a range of agenda items, including Council’s response to the threat of COVID-19.

  • Marlborough District Council responds to COVID-19

    ​Marlborough District Council has taken a close look at its services and operations to ensure they are ready in case the coronavirus develops in the Marlborough community.

  • COVID-19 - Events at Council’s parks and reserves

    If there are less than 500 attendees and the event organisers have a health and safety management plan that aligns with current Ministry of Health guidelines for COVID-19, they can go ahead.

  • Elevated E coli levels found in the Taylor River

    Marlborough District Council’s weekly monitoring of coastal and river swimming sites around the region has found unusually high E. coli concentrations in one part of the Taylor River.

  • Aerial LiDAR survey takes off over Marlborough

    Aerial surveying is getting underway in Marlborough using the latest LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) technology to collect geographic data, used to create detailed 3D maps and landscape models.

  • Lansdowne Park to get new No. 1 pitch

    Councillors agreed at yesterday’s Assets and Services Committee to bring forward $700k in funding to refurbish the Lansdowne Park No.1 sports field in Blenheim.

  • Council trials glyphosate alternative

    ​Council, in conjunction with Nelmac Marlborough Ltd, is set to begin trialling a new organic alternative to glyphosate in its maintenance of central Blenheim’s street plots and gardens.

  • Tracked changes PMEP goes live

    The tracked changes version of the PMEP is now available on the Council website.

  • Marlborough Pandemic Group meeting

    A meeting was held this morning to discuss the risks of coronavirus to the Marlborough region.

  • Council agrees Draft Annual Plan budget

    Council met today to set the budget for this year’s Draft Annual Plan, which will go out for public consultation on Friday 3 April.

  • Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan appeal period

    The decision document is subject to an appeal process. Any person who made a submission and/or further submission may appeal the Council’s decision to the Environment Court.

  • Wither Hills tracks closed due to fire danger

    The hot dry summer has forced the closure of most tracks in the Wither Hills Farm Park, including the Mountain Bike Park.

  • Housing consent applications on the up

    So far in 2020, Marlborough District Council has received applications for subdivision resource consents enabling 263 residential lots to be built in Blenheim.

  • Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan decisions released

    The Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan decision document was released during a special ceremony at Omaka Marae this morning.

  • Trade the car for your bike on Friday

    Trade the car for your bike and cycle to work on Friday 21 February. On your way stop off at Liz Davidson Place and enjoy a free breakfast in celebration of the annual ‘Go by Bike Day’.

  • Look out for toxic algae in rivers and streams

    Toxic algae is present in some of Marlborough’s streams and rivers. Toxic algae are naturally occurring. They are particularly prolific in summer and pose a health risk to children and animals.

  • Infrastructure update

    Major projects are expected to pick up over the next few months and into the new financial year beginning 1 July.

  • Renwick residents urged to conserve water

    Council’s Operations and Maintenance Engineer Stephen Rooney says with a period of hot weather predicted and no rain forecast, locals are encouraged to begin conserving water now.

  • Renwick recycling part of wider waste management discussions

    Renwick’s recycling options will be discussed at the next Assets and Services Committee meeting on 30 January.

  • East Coast Protection Bylaw Process Underway

    Marlborough District Council is beginning the process to consult the public on a bylaw protecting the coastline around Cape Campbell, between the Waima/Ure and Awatere river mouths.

  • Emergency Wairau River bank repairs

    Emergency works are underway on the Wairau River near Wratts Road in Blenheim after recent rainfall swelled the river, causing erosion to its southern bank.

  • Removal of Foxs Island recycling service

    The rural community recycling container at Foxs Island in Renwick will be removed tomorrow, Thursday 19 December 2019 at 5.00 pm, following a spate of persistent illegal rubbish dumping.

  • Council services over Christmas and New Year

    Marlborough District Council’s Blenheim office is closed from 12.00 noon on Tuesday 24 December and reopens at 8.00 am on Monday 6 January 2020.