Support for People New to NZ

On this page you'll find some useful information to help get you settled in the Waimakariri District. Find out more about what Council does, what support is available and where to look for more information.

We understand that settling in to a new country is a big step and it can take time to adjust to a new language, culture and community.

A big challenge can be finding the right information to get started, but don't worry, there are a number of organisations, resources and local events that can help.

New to the Waimakariri District?

Welcome Packs

The Council sends 'welcome packs' to anyone buying a property in the Waimakariri District. These packs contain lots of useful brochures. The packs can also be picked up from the foyer of Rangiora Service Centre.

Welcome Bags

As part of the approach to welcoming new residents to the district, we have supported the production of Welcome Bags. These are decorated by local school children and Idea Services clients, then distributed via real estate agents, preschools, community associations and at libraries and service centres. Anyone with an interest in supporting the bags can contact Martin at

What does the Waimakariri District Council do?

Our role is to lead and represent our communities, looking after the needs of people currently living in the Waimakariri District and planning for the future. We work hard to engage with our communities and encourage participation in decision-making.

  • We provide quality local infrastructure, local public services and regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses
  • Representation through Councillors and Community Boards
Last reviewed date: 25 Jan 2024