Gisborne Community services
Living as they do in a relatively isolated corner of New Zealand, people in Gisborne look out for each other through a range of community organisations and services.
The Gisborne District Council's transport page has an overview and links to the key transport options available
The public bus service in Gisborne is run by Gizzybus. Check their site for routes, timetables and fares
For information about cycling in Gisborne go to the Gisborne District Council website.
This Gisborne District council site has information about parking in Gisborne
For many local services, you can check or inquire with the local council nearest you.
You can contact Inland Revenue (IR) online, by phone or in person at the area office in Gisborne. For a personal appointment contact IR first by phone. Free interpreters are available for phone calls - when your call is answered, say "Language Line", and what language you require.
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.
To find your nearest Postshop or Kiwibank use this site. You can also find other information about postal services here
Use this directory to locate and contact support in the Gisborne 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.
Phone for free 0800 688 5463
New Zealand Newcomers Network
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 contacts
Check this website to find a neighbourhood support group in your area. There is also a link to some information for newcomers in simplified Chinese.
New Zealand Police advice for new arrivals
On this site you will find information about the Police and crime prevention advice for newcomers in 12 different languages.
Use this site to find out where your nearest police station is and the name of the Pacific and ethnic liaison officer for this region
Find out about your local fire service, including contact details.
Women's refuge offer assistance and help for women who are dealing with violence in their lives. They have a refuge in Gisborne.
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.
Labour Inspectorate - migrant exploitation
Labour inspectors work with employers and employees to make sure that employment laws are applied properly in workplaces.
If you think that you have not been treated fairly at work, you can contact Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Labour inspectors on 0800 20 90 20.
Civil Defence Emergency information
Check for important local information about what to do in an emergency from the Civil defence site nearest you.
The New Zealand Government created the Get Ready, Get Thru website with information about what to do in many types emergencies.