Waitaki District Health Services


Oamaru Hospital is now operating at a higher level of alertness internally, to better keep our community and staff safe. This means:
• Everyone entering the hospital is screened on arrival
• Those entering the Hospital will be required to wear surgical masks
• Those with mask exemptions (excluding patients) are not permitted to enter the Hospital
• All inpatients are restricted to two nominated visitors for the duration of their stay however only one visitor per day (exemptions on compassionate grounds will be considered)
• Meals on Wheels will move to contactless deliveries
This is a precautionary measure to keep our vulnerable patients and staff safe on recommendation from the Southern DHB.

Note – due to the evolving Covid-19 status in our community, it may be that we need to change these restrictions at short notice.

Visiting hours are currently 2.00 - 7.00pm daily.

These arrangements will be in place until further notice.
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Melanie Tavendale

Deputy Chair
Melanie Tavendale

Melanie and her husband Steve raise their two kids in Kakanui, and are actively involved in the local community. 


Mel is third-term Councillor in Waitaki, the past two as Deputy Mayor, and is also Chair of the Community, Culture and Regulatory Committee, appointed councillor on the Waitaki District Youth Council and member of the Waitaki Housing Taskforce. 


Mel was co-opted for one year onto LGNZ National Council as inaugural participant of their Governance Development Programme, and is also a Trustee on the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust and the Oamaru Opera House Charitable Trust. 


Prior to Council, Mel was Community Relations Representative for TrustPower, running the Trustpower Community Awards across most of the South Island. Her background in governance, journalism and community relations alongside her interest in community wellbeing and local democracy is a great fit with Waitaki District Health Services.  

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