Essential Businesses

Milford Community.

How are you getting on? Sending you all warm wishes in this challenging time and wanted to share some updates with you.

From comments I heard yesterday, it appears everything has been quite orderly in Milford and people are taking heed of the unusual situation we have at present. I have been talking with many of our retailers so that I can provide our community with an accurate list of businesses for your 'essential supplies'.

A full list of businesses open at Level 3 in now on the Home page



  • OPEN: Monday to Sunday 9.00 a.m. to 9.00p.m.
  • Entrance: from the Kitchener Rd car park main entrance only


  • OPEN: Monday to Sunday 7.00 a.m. to 8.00p.m.
  • Entrance: from the Kitchener Rd car park main entrance only


As from Monday 30th March, WELL HUNG BUTCHERY, will be available for ON-LINE ORDERS with CONTACTLESS DELIVERY.
Order online via
with 48 hours notice


  • Monday to Friday by a Well Hung Driver. The Driver will drop off your order then get back in their vehicle & text you that your order has arrived
  • Please note: The range has been simplified. All meat is gluten free and available with a range of condiments, rubs and spices.

Both stores will remain closed to the public until the Government advises they are safe to open.



  • Essential food box $50 - see on fb vegelandmilford -great value
    • By Phone - 021 68 67 67 or 0211 778 778
    • email: - please add your phone no.



Life Pharmacy


  • Monday to Sat 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday
  • Entrance from Milford Rd mall entrance only please
  • General shop 094892220
  • Prescriptions -
  • Free delivery

Milford Nutritional Pharmacy

  • Monday to Friday  9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday

Unichem Milford


  • Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • Closed 25th, 26th, 27th for ANZAC Weekend

If your prescription is NON URGENT :

  • Please leave it in the box at the roller door. It will be ready in 24 hours.
  • We can deliver it ( local area ) or you can collect it later.
  • Write on the back of the prescription if you would like the pharmacy to ring or text you when it is ready for collection.
  • Please write any extra instructions for them on the back of your prescription.

OR Phone : 09 489 4107
Urgent prescriptions: Please bring to the side door for dispensing

Repeats : 

  • Please phone  09 489 4107 to organise your repeat.
  • Unichem are recommending that Dr’s surgeries fax or email them prescriptions. 
  • Fax:  489 4106   
  • Email:

For all inquiries and information on flu injections, you can also email Unichem directly:
Unichem is open for all pharmacy lines.


Unichem Milford Corner


  • Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday
  • Flu vaccinations available everyday by appointment only call 09 489 9141


Challenge Milford


  • Monday to Friday 7.00a.m. to 5.00p.m. 
  • Saturday/Sunday 8.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Look out for further updates on the Milford Shops Instagram and Facebook Pages
The most important thing right now in this challenging time is to stay safe, self-isolating and looking after each other. If you need help, I have added a direct link to the Cover-19 website, which I suggest you check regularly. Link here: COVID-19 

The header looks like this:

If you need any help or information, this site is great. It's full of all the latest information from the government. As an example, if you need financial support, scroll down the page to find the header & click on it.

From there, you'll see a dropdown box that looks like this: 

Make sure you keep up to date and if you need help and support this is a great site to start looking at.
We are going to have a lot more time spent at home. To those who are not aware of this plan, I suggest, that if you want to know what is planned for Milford over the next 25 years, read the above plan and familiarise yourself with it.  It’s on our website under ‘About Us, Our Future’
The Vision statement reads:

A high quality and accessible centre expressing a strong local identity, with its own story and a friendly, relaxed community heart’
At a recent meeting held by WEEPS about the water quality in the Wairau Estuary and Milford beach, one of the people in the audience commented that maybe it was his own fault that he didn’t know about how bad it was as he hadn’t got involved in any local organisations.

Well, this is so true! If he had been a member of the Milford Residents Association (MRA) (cost $10/member, $20/family) he would have been aware back in 2013/14, that Peter Carter lead a group of all local organisations interested in the concept, on a ‘ground up’ plan of what they would like to see in Milford over a 30 year period.

The concept was so successful, that council’s North/West planning team, who had a small gap in their schedule, were able to pick up the working groups ideas and transform them into the Milford Centre Plan (MCP) you see today – virtually unabridged.

The local board at the time, applauded the nature of community leadership, and signed it off. Within the plan, are ACTIONS and which entity is to carry it out. Most of the actions the business association and MRA had to do in the 1st 5 years have been actioned, but many council ones have not.

And this is where I come back to the point made by the gentleman in the WEEPS meeting. Because he was unaware of the MCP, he was also unaware, that addressing the water quality in the estuary was one of the ACTIONS that had to be addressed in the 1st 5 years of the plan. And it had started -  investigations found that it was not going to be a simple fix.

The Wairau Estuary boardwalk project is also in the 1st 5 years actions and again, the MRA and the business association have worked hard to ensure it comes to fruition. The plans are due to be adopted soon by the local board.
Other key points in the plan include:
  • A number of detailed walks around Milford highlighting our history
  • Changes to the form of the main street of the shopping centre to make it more pedestrian friendly
  • Enlargement of the Village Square, making it the central point of Milford
This year the business association will be putting a submission into the local board that the following 3 key items area funded:
  • Wairau Estuary Boardwalk
  • Water quality in the estuary & beach addressed
  • Walkways repaired and signage added
All these items are Actions in the 1st 5 years of the plan and we’re in that 5th year now!
So check out your rates bill, think about how much of it has been spent in Milford over that last 5 years and if you are, like myself, unhappy with the lack of local spend, write a submission supporting the 3 items and reference it back to the MCP – a plan approved by our local board!


Our goal is to look after our town centre and our people. You may be interested to know that I have confirmed with our security company, MATRIX SECURITY, that they will be continuing with their random checks of our town centre throughout the self-isolation period. I have put up 100 stickers on shop front windows and the rear of premises, adding to the many from other security companies or individual businesses. This is what they look like:

The police have also been in contact with me and they have scheduled patrols around the town centre during this period of self-isolation, plus contact numbers have been exchanged. We are one of the few town centres to have patrols at night as we work together to look after our community.   

Remember: Tough times happen, but Milford is full of tough and amazing people, so together we can do this!

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If there are any other matters you can contact me, Murray Hill: