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Environmental Health

Overview of Activity

Section 23 of the Health Act identifies the responsibility of every Local Authority in New Zealand to 'promote and conserve the public health within its district'. Environmental Health encompasses a range of activities aimed at protecting and improving the public health of communities.

"Environmental Health" therefore focuses on PEOPLE by promoting and endeavouring to conserve aspects of the environment that contribute to their health and well-being.

Council's long term focus for environmental health activities is to ensure a safe living environment is maintained through the monitoring and enforcement of legislation, regulations and bylaws. Functions include routine inspection and registration of food premises involved in the sale, manufacture, storage and transport of food to the public.

Wairoa District Council has one Environmental Health Officer, who is supported by administrative staff. The Environmental Health section is operated within the Regulatory Department of the Council. The Officer is rostered to be available on-call 24 hours each day for emergency response. The Officer otherwise deals with complaints on a daily basis, during normal work hours, responding to and resolving a variety of health and bylaw related complaints.

The Council's Environmental Health Section can assist with the following matters

Food Hygiene

  • Application to register a food business and related information
  • Food hygiene training
  • Complaints

To learn more about developing a Food Control Plan for your business, or for general food safety information, visit this website:

Water Quality

  • Bacteriological / chemical sampling and advice
  • Domestic Water Supplies (Info and Advice)
  • Complaints or reporting contamination

Complaints/General Info

  • Noise
  • Pollution (Air / Water / Land)
  • Odour Rodents / Pests
  • Sub-standard housing
  • Sewage disposal
  • Litter / fly dumping


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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