The regional and district councils in the Waikato region are responsible for community well-being and development, environmental health and safety, infrastructure, recreation and culture, and resource management. To find information about the services the local councils provide check out their website.
The Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust (HMS) provides a free, independent and confidential service for all new migrants that makes it easy to find information in your preferred language about settling in New Zealand.
This service is available by phone or email.
You can access this service between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Cities and most towns across New Zealand have a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). It is a place where you will find someone who can provide information, advice and support on just about any problem you may have.
For newcomers to New Zealand, selected Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) provide a walk-in information service. You probably have lots of questions about how things work here. CAB can help or provide you with information on where to find the answers.
As well as helping with your settlement queries, CAB run information sessions for new migrants on relevant settlement topics.
Hamilton City Council employs an ethnic development advisor who promotes the awareness and well-being of the city's many ethnic communities. Among other duties, the advisor publishes the Hamilton New Settlers Guide.
The Waikato Ethnic Family Services Trust was set up in in 2010 to be a representative voice for Waikato's Middle Eastern community and other ethnic communities. Among other things, the trust organises workshops, cooking classes, driving lessons, budgeting advice and youth forums for the benefit of its members.
Many areas offer a service called the ‘Newcomers Network’. Each network works slightly differently, but they’re all great ways to meet new people, find out about local events and get connected with your local community. If there’s not one in your area, the national body will give you all the help and support you need to start one.
Waikato Multicultural Council run classes, workshops and seminars on a range of topics including English language. They also arrange cultural events like the Waikato Multicultural Day Celebrations. Like their Facebook page for news of the latest events.
Wondering what to do in your region - what attractions to see, adventures to try, routes to take? The 100% New Zealand site has all the information you need, plus help with travelling further afield in New Zealand including finding transport and accommodation.
If you need legal assistance, you can start with your local Community Law Centre. They have lawyers and advocates who can give you initial legal help so you can deal with the issue quickly, which may be free depending on your ability to pay. They may also be able to represent you in courts or tribunals.
If you need help with an immigration matter, you should talk either to a lawyer experienced in the field or to a licensed immigration advisor. There are a number of licensed advisors in Waikato. Find them using the online register operated by the Immigration Advisers Authority.
If you’re facing financial difficulties, you may need assistance with creating a personalised budget or advice from a financial advisor. They can give you tools, knowledge and advice to help you manage your money better. You may also find answers to your money questions on the Sorted website.
There is a range of budgeting help found in the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) directory.
The National Building Financial Capability Charitable Trust has a list of local budgeting services and their contact details.
Parents Centres offer support in all areas of parenting. That includes helping parents develop practical skills in baby and toddler care to preparing for the school years, and crisis help. There are Parents Centres in Hamilton, Cambridge, Putaruru, Otorahanga, Morrinsville and Thames. Look on the Parents centre website for contact details.