COVID-19 detected in Taupō wastewater system

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas is calling for everyone to keep safe, get tested and vaccinated, following the announcement that COVID-19 has been found in the Taupō wastewater system.

“It’s time to go to war against the virus,” Mr Trewavas said.

“Let’s get vaccinated, let’s get serious about mask-wearing, let’s scan and let’s social distance – we can do this.”

Mr Trewavas said the best way people could protect themselves was by ensuring they were vaccinated.

The current rate of vaccination as at 10 November in the Taupō district is 75% fully vaccinated and 87% first dose only.

“To protect our families, whanau and friends, let’s get these numbers up and keep staunch on masks and keeping safe distances.”

The Medical Officer of Health at Toi Te Ora Public Health, Dr Lynne Lane, added that it is important that anyone in the Taupō district or who has visited the district in the past week and who has COVID-19 symptoms should get tested, and remain isolated until they return a negative test result.

“The wastewater result is an indication that there could be a positive COVID-19 case in the community. Getting a COVID-19 swab if you are experiencing symptoms, is important to help contain further spread of the virus.

“It is also important to follow other health measures including wearing face coverings, using the COVID-19 tracer app, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.” 

Dr Lane also stresses the importance of vaccination. “Getting fully vaccinated is key to protecting yourself and those you love against COVID-19.”   

As a result of Taupō’s positive Covid-19 wastewater test, Lakes DHB is also increasing COVID-19 testing hours in Taupō.

Covid-19 Testing (Swabbing) Centre at 79 Miro Street Taupo will be open daily from 9.00am – 3.00pm.

Lakes DHB Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood said it is becoming more urgent for people to be vaccinated to protect their whānau, whakapapa and community and ensure health services are not overwhelmed.

COVID-19 Immunisation Hub is at 6/29 Totara Street Taupō will be open for drop-in as follows;

  • Friday                  8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday              8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Sunday                8.00am – 4.00pm

COVID-19 vaccination is also available:


  • 9am to 1pm Taupō Health Centre, 113 te Heuheu St, drop-in
  • 10am to 2pm Tutemohuta Community Hall, Waitahanui drop-in, spot prizes, kai – thanks to Tūwharetoa Health Charitable Services


  • Tauhara suburb, Taupō, call Tūwharetoa Health 0800 Whariki
  • 5.30pm to 7.30pm Unichem MainStreet Pharmacy, Tongariro St, book in

Testing and vaccination information is available on Health point here. It is also available on Lakes DHB’s website here.

Lakes DHB’s Facebook page has daily updates on where to get tested. To book an appointment go to or call 0800 28 29 26

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