At Environment Southland we understand that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our communities and this will likely continue for some time. On this page we'll keep you updated on what we're doing.
How we operate
Even though our office is closed, we are open for business and here to help. We will continue to provide essential services and as much of our normal business as possible, although this might look a little different. We have identified our essential services as:
- flood protection and management
- our flood warning and monitoring
- pollution incident response and related enforcement
- air quality monitoring
- harbour master maritime activities
- biosecurity incursion response and eradication in support of national responses
- Emergency Management Southland
Flood banks and river monitoring
All our flood prediction tools, rain gauges and river flow gauges will continue to operate as an essential service. We also have some of our catchment team and contractors continuing to carry out important remedial work on our flood protection infrastructure.
Our consents staff are set-up and working from home. Our aim is to continue to provide normal consent processing services, as much as we can.
You can continue to submit your resource consent application to us either by email or post (there may be delays in processing physical mail applications).
We understand that you may not be able to immediately meet all the needs of your application. We encourage you to discuss your individual situation with us.
There will be no hearings held during the lockdown period. These applications are currently on hold.
If you would like to speak with a consents officer, you can reach the team by emailing email@example.com to arrange a call back.
For more information on what the COVID-19 lockdown means for our RMA functions, check out the Ministry for the Environment's FAQs section.
During this period of the COVID-19 response and the Alert Level 4 lockdown, consent holders are expected to continue to operate in compliance with their consent conditions and other rules. Ensure all treatment plants continue to be fully operational and all data are recorded and maintained.
We recognise that one of the biggest challenges in terms of
meeting your consent conditions is likely to be any monitoring that requires
laboratory analysis. This has been suspended until further notice.
Pollution hotline and incident response
We will continue to respond to pollution and significant incidents that require an emergency response such as major pollution events, e.g. oil spill, significant discharges to waterways. Please continue to call us on our pollution hotline line 0800 76 88 45 which is available 24/7.
Council meetings will be held remotely so that we can ensure important decisions impacting our region continue to be made. For updated information about our council meetings please visit the meetings page.
Land and water services
Land sustainability officers, our catchment coordinator and Enviroschools programmes are available for support and advice. Please use the contact details below to get in touch.
Urgent assistance for Southlanders
Emergency Management Southland is providing welfare support during the COVID-19 response. Southlanders who urgently need assistance with access to essential household goods and services due to the lockdown can contact EMS in the following ways:
- Phone: 0800 890 127 (7am-7pm)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (7am-7pm)
- Web: Use the 'Contact Us' form on www.cdsouthland.nz
Get in touch
Our front line reception is now closed and staff will not be meeting with community members face-to-face. However, we do have a number of ways that people can get in touch:
- call us on 0800 76 88 45
- use our online form on the contact us page
- email us on email@example.com
- follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/environmentsouthland.
Where to go for information
- For official information around COVID-19, visit the government’s dedicated website www.covid19.govt.nz
- You can also visit the Ministry of Health website for detailed health information.
- For information on other councils in the region and their planning for COVID-19, visit the websites of the Gore District Council, Invercargill City Council, or Southland District Council.