COVID-19 update  

December 6 2021


New Zealand has now progressed to the traffic light system. Whanganui rohe is at red.


If you are unwell 

 If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise. 

  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline -- 0800 358 5453 -- and get advice about being tested. 
  • COVID-19 testing is free 
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately. 

  COVID-19 symptoms include: 

  • a new or worsening cough 
  • a fever of at least 38°C 
  • shortness of breath 
  • sore throat 
  • sneezing and runny nose  
  • temporary loss of smell
  • muscle cramps.  

Keep track of where you’ve been 

Everyone aged 12 and over must legally keep a record of where they have been when visiting places such as restaurants, cinemas, concerts, churches, bars, hairdressers etc. Scan the QR code at these facilities.

How to keep track of where you’ve been 


Face coverings 

Everyone must now wear a face covering on all public transport, on domestic flights, at bus terminals and in taxis.


It is also mandatory to wear a face mask indoors at all public places such as supermarkets, dairies, pharmacies, retail stores, libraries, museums, government agencies, shopping malls, takeaway operations etc. It is also mandatory for staff at these places to wear a face covering.


It is also encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, and in closely-confined spaces.


Download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan QR codes wherever you go. This will help us trace people's movements in case of another community case and quickly close it down.
Any future cases need to be quickly identified, and their contacts isolated and tested, to avoid the virus spreading unimpeded in our communities.
Please help people keep track of where they’ve been by using the NZ COVID Tracer app and scanning QR Code posters.


Get your QR code  


Testing for COVID-19


The Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, 100 Heads Road, is open every Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 12noon.


Testing at the CBAC is only for: 


  • people with COVID-19 symptoms 
  • people who have visited a location of interest
  • people who have been advised to get a test by Healthline. 


Outside these times, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or go to Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) which is open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week or call 06 348 1300 for WAM.


The hospital CBAC is a drive-through/walk-up facility. No appointment is needed and there is no charge.





Read our media releases about Covid-19 or visit our Facebook page for more information. 


  • See The Ministry of Health's current cases page.
  • The Whanganui region has had nine (9) cases of Covid-19, all now recovered and no cases since April 2020.

Getting tested at your GP

If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please make contact with them ahead of your visit. 


General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.


How do I get my results if I have been tested for Covid-19?  

If your result comes back positive, you will be contacted by the Whanganui Public Health Unit directly. If your test is negative (clear of having COVID-19), you will be contacted by your general practice.


Further information is available by calling Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Where to get information 

The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels and on the Ministry of Health website


Local information for people in Whanganui, Rangitikei and South Ruapehu is available on this website, the WDHB Facebook page, your local council social media pages and the Civil Defence Manawatū-Whanganui page.