Community Networks open as usual under Alert Level 2

From Wednesday, September 8th, Community Networks and LINK – your one-stop community support and connection centre – will be open as usual, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday at the Wānaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street.

Remember to maintain a two-metre distance between yourself and others, sign or scan in and wear a mask.

JP appointments (Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings) and Wheels to Dunstan services will recommence under Alert Level 2 conditions. Spaces will be limited. Call Community Networks on 03 443 7799 or pop into the Hub for more information or to book in.

Social work support is available by emailing our Social Worker at, or calling 03 443 7799.

The Foodbank is open at the regular times (Monday 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Wednesday, 11.00am – 2.00pm and Friday, 9.00am – 12.00pm).

As a community, we continue to ride the waves of COVID uncertainty, and taking care of yourself is the most important thing. Whether you are struggling with your mental health or looking for ideas about how to feel good during lockdown, there are a range of health and wellbeing resources available.

Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group have put together a ‘traffic light’ guide to looking after your wellbeing, available to download from the QLDC wellbeing page and the Southern Health website. It covers tips for what to do in an immediate mental health crisis, when you’re needing extra support, and tips for keeping well. It reminds us of the daily importance of looking after ourselves by connecting with others, keeping active and trying new things, and provides information on free wellbeing apps and online learning.

There’s a host of information about local health and social services online, as well as useful resources on the Mental Health Foundation website and Facebook and All Right website and Facebook.

Nationally, trained counsellors are available to talk to free of charge, 24 hours a day, when you call or text 1737. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543354 or text HELP to 4357.

And finally, a reminder that vaccination is one of the strongest defences we have against COVID-19, so visit for details of how to book in. Kia kaha everyone!