Northland has one regional council which takes care of key activities that concern the whole region, and three district councils that manage more local tasks.
Among other things, Northland Regional Council is responsible for harbours, land management, regional economic development, transport, environmental planning and monitoring, flood protection and water management, pollution control, biosecurity including regional environmental education and public information.
The Whangarei, Far North and Kaipara District councils look after rubbish, recycling and landfills, water restrictions, libraries, sports grounds and swimming pools, events and leisure.
You can contact New Zealand’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) online, from their website. You can also phone them and they have several offices around Northland you can visit in person. You’ll need to phone for an appointment first. IRD also offers an interpreter service on the phone called LanguageLine.
Everyone moving to New Zealand permanently will need a tax number, called an IRD number. This is a 8-9 digit code that is unique to you. Find out more on the IRD website.
Use this directory to locate and contact support in the Northland region for services relating to addiction, basic needs, disaster recovery, education and training, employment, ethnic services, family violence, health, mentors, legal and civil services, mental health, parenting and caregiving, special needs and disability, youth services and ISO capability.
OUTLineNZ is a free, nationwide specialist helpline and counselling service offering support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and for people questioning their gender identity/sexual orientation. It is staffed by trained volunteers, and qualified counsellors also offer affordable face to face counselling at OUTLineNZ’s Auckland office or via skype.
To find out about the wide range of community groups operating in Northland, either talk to the Citizens Advice Bureau or consult their website, which will allow you to search for the sort of organisation you want.
The New Zealand Newcomers Network is a network of groups throughout New Zealand welcoming newcomers and offering range of fun social events and activities. The events are a great way to meet new people, find out about local activities, and get connected with your local community. Anyone can join – and membership is free.
Neighbourhood Support Groups work together and with the Police and other community organisations to reduce crime, improve safety and prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. Check this website for someone to talk to about Neighbourhood Support in your area. There is also a link to some information for newcomers in simplified Chinese.
New Zealand Police has a useful website with information about your rights in dealing with them and advice on preventing crime, plus contacts for ethnic liaison officers in your region. Information is available in 12 different languages.
Civil Defence are the people who help prepare for and respond to emergencies like major fires, floods, extreme weather, an earthquake or tsunami. Their website has important information on how to get ready for an emergency.
Shakti offers a crisis call number (0800SHAKTI) and safe houses around the country for migrant and refugee women who are experiencing domestic violence.
Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation specialising in the area of women’s development, domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. They provide culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.
If you live in Whangarei, or you’re coming to the city to shop or visit, the district council provides a range of on-street parking and pay-and-display car parks. Off street parking is available in the major retail shopping areas away from the city centre and in some local shopping areas. Check the website for full information.