United in Recovery

The Whanganui Emergency Operations Centre formally closed on 14 May, 2020, marking a transition from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency into a period of recovery.

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An Integrated Recovery Team has now been established, based on relationships which were strengthened during the emergency response. 


Whanganui District Health Board is working closely with Whanganui District CouncilWhanganui Civil DefenceRuapehu District Council and Rangitikei District Council and a wide range of organisations and agencies such as Whanganui & Partners, the Whanganui Health Network and the Ministry of Social Development.  


A Recovery Office has been established at Whanganui District Council’s Civil Defence headquarters at 101 Guyton Street with support from recovery managers, Leighton Toy and Charlotte Almond from Whanganui District Council and Louise Allsopp, from the Whanganui District Health Board.


An integrated plan for local recovery is being developed as we engage with people and share information with partner organisations across our communities.


The current focus of the team is to collect and evaluate information gathered from and by people and organisations throughout our region, while also addressing immediate needs and opportunities.



Updated 7 July 2020

Recovery office May 2020

One of the Recovery Managers - Leighton Toy - holds a briefing with the Integrated Recovery Office. 




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Work and Income working for community from home

Ministry of Social Development is working in partnership, through the Integrated Recovery Team, on social and economic recovery for the Whanganui region. 

Recovery media release #4 Welfare and support directory available post COVID-19

To help support the community post COVID-19, a directory of support organisations and resources is available. 

Recovery media release #3 International expert joins recovery team

The Integrated Recovery Team, based in Whanganui, is benefiting from the expertise of international recovery and infrastructure development expert Paul Bayly. 

Recovery media release #2 Community feedback assists recovery planning

Post-COVID-19, the Integrated Recovery Team has created a survey for the communities of Whanganui, Rangitikei and South Ruapehu. 

Recovery media release #1 Whanganui’s Emergency Operations Centre closes

Whanganui’s Emergency Operations Centre, led by the Whanganui District Health Board and Te Ranga Tupua, has now closed, marking a formal transition to recovery for the region.