Social & Health Services

Council supports a number of networks that apply a collaborative approach to addressing the wellbeing of our residents.

Social Services Waimakariri

Social Services Waimakariri is a network of social service providers.


Waimakariri Health Advisory Group

The Waimakariri Health Advisory Group (WHAG) was established in 2004 to address the health needs of the people in the Waimakariri area. The WHAG meets Bi-monthly from February to December on the first Tuesday of the month, 6–7.30pm at the Rangiora Hospital meeting room.

Terms of Reference

Council Officer: Tessa Sturley
Phone: 0800 965 468

Waimakariri Access Group

The Access Group was established some 20 years ago, by a number of locals, concerned about the needs of those with mobility issues, met to form a group to run events to highlight these needs. The promotions were run in all main centres under the name 'Wheel Show Em'. These events caused a number of changes to be made by both the Council and local businesses. Since then the group has become more formalised and is now an advisory group. This group meets monthly and liaises with the Council.

Membership of the Waimakariri Access Group is made up of:

  • Low Vision and Blind Foundation of New Zealand
  • Disabled Persons Assembly
  • CCS Disability Action
  • IHC
  • Waimakariri District Council staff and elected members
  • Concerned and interested members of the public.

For further information relating to this group contact Chris Greengrass (Chairperson). C/ Waimakariri District Council, phone: 021 781 939  or email:

Older adults living in the Waimakariri District

The Waimakariri District has an ageing population. A number of useful resources are available to help support older people in our district. For more information Madeleine Burdon at Waimakariri District Council Community Team, phone 0800 965 468 or email: