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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)

The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers (the Ashburton District), with Ashburton as the main township. The area is one of the fastest growing rural districts in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).

Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.

The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:

Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.

The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.

Summer water restrictions imposed for Ashburton District

Ashburton District Council media release: 24th January 2020

Water restrictions began across the Ashburton District on Saturday 21st December 2019. Residents connected to a Council supply are urged to follow the restrictions and be extra vigilant with their water use.

  • Level 1 Restrictions: Ashburton, Fairton, Hinds, Hakatere, Lake Hood, Mayfield and Rakaia.
  • Level 3 Restrictions: Chertsey and Methven.
  • Level 4 Restrictions: Mt Somers.

“When people begin using too much water – as has started to happen – we risk breaching the amount of water we are allowed to take each day. Additionally the water pumps can begin struggling to keep up with demand which then affects the service to peoples’ homes” says Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann.

A permanent hosing ban remains in place for Dromore, Methven Springfield and Montalto.


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Page last updated: 27/01/2020

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