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Super Saturday – almost 130,000 vaccinations


There were so many choices for getting a shot during Super Saturday today. By 10pm, a total of 129,995 people had turned out and had been vaccinated against covid. More than 13,500 of them were in Wellington and the Hutt Valley.

The total in Auckland, Counties Manakau and Waitemata was more than 40,000. The total in Canterbury was over 18,000.

The target for the day was 100,000 and the Prime Minister told RNZ that the final result had exceeded expectations.

Vaccination events were held across the Hutt Valley, Wellington, Porirua, and Kapiti regions.

“Vaccination is the safest and most effective defence against COVID-19, and the more people who are vaccinated the safer our communities will be,” said Hutt Valley DHB and Capital & Coast DHB chief executive Fionnagh Dougan. “To that end we are working with our Maori, Pacific, PHO, and other partners to host a range of events across our rohe to make it easy – and fun – for everyone and their whanau to get vaccinated in time to enjoy the coming summer.”

Greater Wellington Super Saturday events include:

  • Launch and blessing of the Hutt Valley’s ‘Delta Buster’ vaccination bus
  • Newtown School community vaccination – soccer, activities, food and music
  • Heretaunga Christian Centre Upper Hutt vaccination festival – spot prizes, sausage sizzle, and live music
  • ‘Do it 4 the East’ Porirua youth-led event – activities, food stalls and live music
  • Takapuwahia Marae Porirua vaccination festival – free hangi and a rongoa approach
  • Kapiti Community Vaccination event – Mr Whippy, food trucks, and a DJ.

Here’s the complete list:

Drive-through vaccination – Sky Stadium
Waterloo Quay
Accessibility: drive-through access – mobility vans welcome; more time, space or assistance; accessible port-a-loo; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources; Kaiāwhina Disability on site.

Maraeroa Marae – health clinic
216 Warspite Ave
Free coffees

Ora Toa vaccination centre
4 Lydney Place North, Porirua
Food trucks and spot prizes
Accessibility: wheelchair access; more time, space or assistance; accessible parking; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources.

Kapiti Community vaccination event
45b Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu
Mr Whippy, foodtrucks, DJ

Do it 4 the East – Pasifika Youth Vax Festival
Cannons Creek Cage
Food stalls, local entertainment, crafts, gaming and more

Karori Mall Vaccination Hub
236 Karori Rd, Karori
Giveaways, 4 draws of $200 Countdown voucher
Accessibility: wheelchair access; more time, space or assistance; mall parking; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources.

Lower Hutt Community Vaccination Centre
218 High Street, Lower Hutt
Spin the wheel to win prizes
Accessibility: Wheelchair access; more time, space or assistance; accessible toilet; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources; NZSL interpreting available on request.

Delta Buster – Community Vaccination bus
Common Unity, 310 Waiwhetu Rd, Fairfield, Lower Hutt
Hot drinks and soup

CoCo Community Pop-up
11 Hillary Court, Naenae
Giveaways including grocery vouchers and the chance to win an iPhone

Takapuwahia Marae
Ngāti Toa St, Porirua
Hangi and Rongoa giveaways

Heretaunga Christian Centre
51 Lane St, Wallaceville, Upper Hutt
Spot prizes, sausage sizzle, music
Accessibility: Wheelchair access; more time, space or assistance; accessible parking; accessible toilet; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources; NZSL interpreting available on request.

Whakarongotai Marae pop-up
2/4 Mahara Place, Waikanae
Free coffees and healthy food vouchers

Whirinaki Whare Taonga Vaccination Centre
836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Access via Brown St entrance
$2 coffees and free family passes to the Aquatic Centre

Accessible clinics

Capital Gateway Covid-19 Vaccination Centre
Capital Gateway, Level 1, 20 Gateway Lane, Wellington
Accessibility: wheelchair access; more time, space or assistance; mall parking; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources.

Johnsonville Shopping Centre Vaccination Centre
Johnsonville Shopping Centre
Accessibility: wheelchair access; more time, space or assistance; mall parking; Easy Read information; communication and sensory resources.

Or walk in to one of our other clinics. No appointment needed.

Ropata Health, 135 Witako Street, Epuni
Tamaiti Whāngai/Waiwhetu Sports and Fitness Centre, 170 Whites Line East, Waiwhetū
Wainuiomata Marae, 153-201 Parkway, Wainuiomata
Wellworks Pharmacy Boulcott, 135 Witako Street, Epuni

hutt vaxes

‘Vaxathon’ on TV3 and Maori TV

Press Release – MidCentral District Health Board
MidCentral DHB’s COVID-19 vaccination blitz on Saturday, 16 October, will include 16 clinics in Palmerston North and 12 in towns around the region.

MDHB COVID-19 Response Manager Bronwen Warren said businesses and organisations across the region were asissting the campaign by donating hundreds of prizes and by spreading the word to their diverse communities.

The Lido Aquatic Centre has 50 swim vouchers up for grabs and the Manawatū Turbos are offering 200 free tickets to Saturday night’s clash with Wellington to the first people who attend clinics at Central Energy Trust Arena and The Plaza during the day.

Horizons Regional Council is providing free bus rides to vaccination centres until 31 December. The free fare is accessed by showing the driver confirmation of an appointment, or vaccination card on the return trip. On Super Saturday, people can say they are heading to a walk-in clinic to access a free fare.

“We have received an overwhelming response from the business community and we know their help will encourage more people in our region to get vaccinated, ” Ms Warren said. “Between Monday and Wednesday, we provided 6762 vaccinations across the region, so we’re on target to deliver our goal of 15,000 doses by the end of Super Saturday.”

MDHB COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Senior Responsible Officer Deborah Davies encouraged everyone to talk about the vaccine with their friends and whānau.

“We want people to access reliable information about the vaccine so they can make an informed decision, and they can do this by visiting the Ministry of Health website,” Ms Davies said.

“Getting vaccinated is our biggest tool to beat the virus and getting back to doing the things we love.”

Anyone who is feeling unwell with flu symptoms is urged to get tested at our designated testing site at 575 Main Street, Palmerston North.

A full list of the confirmed clinics for Saturday are listed below. Any updates will be posted on the MidCentral DHB website and Facebook page.

Please note some of these vaccination sites are for booked appointments or priority populations only. If you cannot see a clinic on HealthPoint, please call 0800 MDHB VAX (0800 6342 829) for more information.

MidCentral DHB – Super Saturday – Confirmed Clinics
Saturday, 16 October
Palmerston North
Clinic Location Time
Central Energy Trust Arena 2 (Indoors) Gate 5, Pascal Street, Palmerston North 7am to 7pm
The Plaza Pop-Up Clinic The Plaza, Palmerston North 9.30am to 5.00pm
PN Central 38 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 8.30am to 3.30pm
Pasifika Clinic Drive Through Papaioea Pasifika Community Centre, Bill Brown Park, Havelock Avenue, Palmerston North 10am to 3pm
City Health Pharmacy 22 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North 10am to 2pm
Cook Street Pharmacy 281 College Street, Palmerston North 10am to 3.30pm
Unichem Terrace End 325 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North 9am to 7pm
Ashhurst Triangle – Palmerston North City Council Library Bus Ashhurst Valley Car Park 10am to 2pm
Cook Street Health Centre/Crossroads Church Crossroads Church: Corner of Cook Street and Church Street, Palmerston North 9am to 4pm
WW Clinic on Grey 244 Grey St, Palmerston North 1pm to 6pm
Kauri Health Care 619 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 9am to 1pm
The Palms Medical Practice 445 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North 9am to 7pm
Village Medical 362 Albert Street, Palmerston North 9am to 2pm (bookings only)
Victoria Medical 482 Church Street, Palmerston North 8am to 4pm (bookings only)
Te Wakahuia 56 Pembroke Street, Palmerston North 10am to 4pm
Te Wakahuia, Softball Park Colquhoun Park, Palmerston North 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Clinic Location Time
Feilding Health Care (Feilding) Manfeild Park, 59 South Street, Feilding 9am to 4.30pm
Clinic Location Time
Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and Raukawa Whānau Ora Drive-Through (Levin) Donnelly Park, Atkin Avenue, Levin 9am to 2.30pm
Berry’s Health Care Pharmacy (Levin) 62 Liverpool Street, Levin 9am to 5pm
Te Waiora (Shannon) 2 Stout Street, Shannon 9am to 1pm
Berry’s Health Care Pharmacy Pop-Up Clinic (Foxton) Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton 10am to 2pm
DHB Outreach Team 42 Seabury Avenue, Foxton Beach 10am to 3pm
Clinic Location Time
Eketāhuna Mobile Clinic (Eketāhuna) Eketāhuna Health Centre 9am to 11.30pm
Tararua Health Group, The Bush Multisport Park 57 Huxley Street, Pahiatua 9.30am to 4.30pm
The Hub, Dannevirke Tararua Health Group (Dannevirke) 23 Gordon Street, Dannevirke 9.30am to 4.15pm
Clinic Location Time
Hamish Barham Pharmacy (Ōtaki) 80 Main Street, Ōtaki 9am to 1pm
Ōtaki Medical Centre/ The Māoriland Hub (Ōtaki) 68 Main Street, Ōtaki 10am to 4pm
Māori Mobile Camper (Ōtaki mobile) Ōtaki 9am to 3pm


  1. Dr Siouxsie Wiles, 15. October 2021, 17:52

    Who is excited about Super Saturday?! Hey New Zealand, let’s get as many people vaccinated as possible & protect each other from COVID-19, especially all our children who can’t be vaccinated yet. [via twitter]

  2. Claire, 16. October 2021, 16:59

    Well done Aotearoa New Zealand what an amazing effort.!!!

  3. michael, 16. October 2021, 19:00

    Yes well done . . . . but isn’t it a shame we have to celebrate “bribing” people to do the right thing to ensure we are all safe and NZ can avoid lockdowns. All who are still refusing to get vaccinated are not only risking their own lives if/when they get covid, but also the lives of their whanau and the health professionals who have to look after them, as covid is not going away any time soon.


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