Support services in your area

A list of regional organisations that can help migrants in New Zealand.

Not all organisations have websites.  if you can't find what you are looking for here try your local town, city or regional council to find out about support services in your area.

Organisations with regional offices

The national organisations below have regional offices. Find out how to contact the office in your region from these websites.

Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureau provide free and impartial information and advice on a wide range of matters. This website will help you find an office in your region.

Community Access Media Alliance
The site lists 12 community access radio stations around New Zealand. These stations provide facilities that enable a wide range of community groups to keep in touch with their members and the wider public.

Dress for Success
Dress for Success helps women prepare for job interviews and for transitioning into paid work.

English Language Partners New Zealand
Formerly called ESOL Home Tutors, this organisation has 22 local branches throughout New Zealand. They provide migrants and refugees with English language tuition and settlement support. Some branches offer job mentoring.

Newcomers Network
Newcomers Network offers migrants friendship, support and help with settlement issues.

Volunteering New Zealand
This site lists local volunteer organisations in 15 centres. They can put you in touch with organisations that need volunteer workers (usually unpaid). Volunteering can help you develop your English language skills and put you in touch with a wide range of people.

Northland

Dress for Success - Northland
Dress for Success Northland helps women prepare for job interviews and for transitioning into paid work.

Multicultural Whangarei
Multicultural Whangarei is a not-for-profit community based organisation supporting migrants and newcomers to Whangārei.

Women's International Newcomers Group Social (WINGS)
WINGS is an organisation that helps women and their families who are new migrants to the Whangārei area settle into life in New Zealand.

Auckland

ATEED
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is the region’s economic development agency. The site provides information and advice about setting up and running businesses in the greater Auckland region.

Auckland Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Belong Aotearoa
Belong Aotearoa offers a range of services for migrants in the wider Auckland region. The website provides information about workshops and other services, including employment support.

Chinese New Settlers Services Trust

The Chinese New Settlers Services Trust provides employment assistance, educational programmes, and social support for people of a Chinese cultural background living in New Zealand. 

English Language Partners New Zealand - Auckland
English Language Partners New Zealand offers English language classes and settlement support to adult refugees and migrants in the Auckland area. 

Migrant Action Trust
Migrant Action Trust provides workshops, support groups, and one-to-one career counselling to help migrants with job search skills and an understanding of the New Zealand employment market. They also serve as advocates for migrants, advise people who are trying to start their own businesses, and provide startup grants.

New Kiwis
A free service for employers and job seekers that is operated by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. New Zealand residents and people on work permits can register, develop a personal job search strategy, search for jobs and put their CVs online for employers to see.

Refugees as Survivors
Refugees as Survivors provides mental health services for refugees and migrants, and helps people resettle in New Zealand. This site outlines services and contains a comprehensive directory of services available in Auckland.

Gisborne

Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Bay of Plenty

Baywide Community Law Service
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Priority One 
Priority One is the Western Bay of Plenty region's economic development organisation.

Waikato

Community Law Waikato
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Taranaki

Taranaki Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Manawatū/Whanganui

Manawatū Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Wellington

Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Diverse Communities
Wellington City Council support for diverse communities.

Job Mentoring Service, English Language Partners Wellington
Offers job-seeking support to skilled migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce Skilled Newcomers Programme
Supports skilled migrants who are looking for work by linking them up with employers.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency
Information and support for people who want to settle in Wellington, including job searching and study advice.

Marlborough

Marlborough Multicultural Centre
The Marlborough Multicultural Centre organises social activities and provides support for newcomers to the region.

Nelson

Multicultural Nelson Tasman
Multicultural Nelson Tasman promotes positive race relations, celebrates cultural diversity, and supports new migrants/people from minority ethnicities.

Nelson Bays Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Canterbury

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce

The Canterbury Chamber of Commerce matches skilled migrants with employers through SkillsConnect Canterbury.

Christchurch Resettlement Services

Services to support refugees and migrants living in Christchurch.

CINCH
Community Information Christchurch is the database of clubs, organisations, services, and courses in the greater Christchurch area. It is operated by the Christchurch City Council.

Community Law Canterbury
Community Law Canterbury is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Otago

Community Law Otago
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Dunedin City Council
Information on services for newcomers in Dunedin and links for further help.

Southland

Southland Community Law Centre
Community Law is a non-profit organisation which provides free legal help to people who face barriers accessing justice.

Updated 28 Jun 2021