Palmerston North City Council is continuing to run essential services over the Easter long weekend – but there will be some minor changes.
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The Easter Bunny is an essential worker (and other important information for Easter)

Tuesday April 7 2020

Council is continuing to run essential services during the alert level 4 lockdown, and that includes over the Easter long weekend – but there will be some minor changes.

Photo shows rabbit in a basket filled with hay and coloured eggs.

The Prime Minister has made it clear that the Easter Bunny is an essential worker, so here's a roundup of some other things you might want to know about Easter in lockdown.

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Rubbish and recycling on Good Friday

Things might be a bit different this Easter, but we’ll be collecting your rubbish and recycling like always.

Rubbish days remain the same this week, except for Good Friday. If your rubbish and recycling is usually collected on Fridays, please put it out for collection on Saturday instead (11 April).

Collection days go back to normal next week (including Easter Monday).

Please note, while we're in lockdown some recycling will go to landfill.

Supermarkets are closed on Good Friday

Supermarkets will be closed on Good Friday (10 April), but they will be open every other day, including Easter Sunday.

There may be some changes to opening hours so it’s best to check online before you go.

Even though our supermarkets will be closed for one day, please continue to shop normally. There's plenty of food and supplies for everyone.

Closing for Good Friday will give our supermarkets the opportunity to properly restock their shelves, so we can all get the essentials that we need.

Please don’t go on holiday

Easter is usually a time for us to get away and enjoy a break, but please remember that we’re being asked to stay home.

You should continue to stay in lockdown where you are. Staying at home doesn’t mean staying at another home in a different location.

Please continue to limit any movement over the Easter long weekend – remember, you’re saving lives.

Buses will be available for essential workers

Horizons Regional Council will continue to run some bus services for essential service workers over the Easter long weekend.

You can find timetables and keep up to date on the Horizons website.

The Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt

Will you join in The Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt and make this Easter a bit more special for everyone at home?

All you need to do is colour in or design an Easter egg, and stick it in a window that faces the street so that everyone can have the chance to hunt for Easter eggs this weekend.

You can even share yours with the Prime Minister by emailing your egg to, or share them on social media using the hashtag #NZEggHunt.

Get your egg here.