Support for People 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.

Join the Newcomers Network

Join the network to find out about events, support, and to get involved in the Waimakariri community. The Newcomers Network was established through Neighbourhood Support to welcome people to North Canterbury. They hold regular gatherings, covering a variety of interests, the details of which can be found on the Newcomers Network website.

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


When you're new to a region it can take some time to work out where things are, and how things work. You can find useful advice in our New to Waimakariri booklet (pdf, 1.0 MB).

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

Useful Links and Websites

Community Information and Resources

Community Directories

Social and Health Services

Sports, Hobbies and Recreation Directory


Chatter Newsletter

Financial Webinar

NZ Government Departments

Career Services – this is a helpful site for work related things, for example, job searching and CV’s.

Department of Conservation – the government agency in charge of conservation and protection of nature, as well as recreation opportunities including walking tracks and backcountry huts.

Human Rights Commission – works for positive race relations, promotes and protects human rights (including gender, disability and other rights) in New Zealand.

Ministry for the Environment – the government agency in charge of protecting New Zealand’s natural resources.

Ministry of Education - this is the agency for everything to do with education – for example, if you want information about the school system, school holidays (and plenty more!) this is the website to visit.

Ministry for Women – the agency working for women and promoting Women’s Rights.

NZ Immigration Service – this is the service to contact if you would like to find out more about moving to, living and working in New Zealand.

NZQA – this is the NZ Qualifications Authority. This has information about studying in New Zealand and can assess your overseas qualification.

NZTA – this is the government agency that covers transport and traffic.

Office of Ethnic Communities – this department works for all the different ethnic communities in New Zealand.

Tourism NZ - has information about New Zealand for travellers including activities and accommodation. It is also useful for tourism or hospitality businesses.

Tourist & Visitor Driving Theory Quiz – check your understanding of the New Zealand road code and road rules to make sure you're ready to drive.

Welcoming Communities – this is the latest government initiative to make its communities more welcoming – find out more here.


Perhaps you're new to the area or simply interested in connecting and experiencing other cultures. Here in the Waimakariri District there are a number of events, big and small, that take place year-round. Pick up some advice and information, learn new skills or attend a cultural exhibition. Find out more about our events, those we support and see what's coming up below.

Neighbourhood Events

Community Barbeques

Friendship, family, fun and food feature high on all our wish lists during Christmas and the New Year. Waimakariri District Council's Community Team are getting into the spirit of this special season by bringing together all of these things at a series of neighbourhood park barbeques. Find out dates, times and locations.

Community Events

Visit Waimakariri

Visit Waimakariri promote the Waimakariri District - from activities, accommodation, places to eat and drink, and of course, events. This is a great place to browse all types of events and activities by category - from craft and trade shows, art, music and theatre, to sports and local markets.

Rangiora Promotions

The Rangiora Promotions Association organises and promotes a number of great community events throughout the year. Highlights include Eats & Beats in Victoria Park, the Christmas Celebration Night, the Pop Up Business Expo, Santa Parade and Christmas Party in the Park.

Kaiapoi Promotion Association

The Kaiapoi Promotion Association Inc. works hard with the community to promote the Kaiapoi township. They organise and collaborate on a number of events, big and small throughout the year. Highlights include the Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade.  Take a look at their website for what's coming up in Kaiapoi.

Enterprise North Canterbury

Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) promotes economic development in North Canterbury. They also host and promote some great events including starting and running a small business, communications and marketing, supervising & managing others and more...

Citizenship Ceremonies

Find out how you go about becoming a New Zealand citizen if you have moved here from overseas. More information is available on our Citizenship page.

Previous Exhibitions

We're lucky to have held some great exhibitions showcasing and sharing stories and culture. Take a look at some of the previous events on our Storytelling and Exhibitions page.


Newcomers Drop-in Sessions

Hosted by the Global Locals of Waimakariri, drop-in sessions are a great opportunity to come along, ask questions and find out more information about our community. If you're new to New Zealand or the Waimakariri District, or just not sure where to go for advice, come along and chat to the friendly team.

There are currently no upcoming sessions. Please check back again soon.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Workshops and Seminars

The Citizens Advice Bureau host a variety of workshops including migrant information sessions. Other past events have included immigration seminars, renting and tenancy sessions, health seminars, financial support events, careers and employment seminars.

Please check the CAB North Canterbury website for upcoming events.

Treaty of Waitangi Workshop

If you would like to know more about the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand's cultural history, this is the workshop for you. Come along to this free Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) workshop to learn more.

There are currently no upcoming sessions. Please check back again soon.

Ngai Tuahuriri Workshop

The Tuahiwi Education Committee welcomes you to take part in a day of learning at Tuahiwi Marae. More information, including costs, can be found on the Tuahiwi Education website.

Upcoming events:

  • January 26 2021
  • February 25 2021
  • March 19 2021

Coffee and Chat Sessions

Join Us for Coffee and a Chat

Is English your second language? Practise your speaking skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

There are no upcoming sessions at the moment. Please check back again soon.


English classes posterEnglish Language Classes

Is English your second language? Improve your speaking and listening skills at our local English language classes. These classes are fun and social and cover a good range of interesting topics.


Saturdays from 31 July to 25 September 2021


Rangiora Town Hall Function Room
303 High Street, Rangiora

Click the poster for more details.

Cooking Classes

Join our cooking classes to enjoy various multicultural flavours or to get some great ideas about cooking on a budget.

There are currently no upcoming classes. Please check back soon for upcoming classes.