Gisborne Information & advice

Newcomers will find a good range of information and support services, based mainly in the region's only city, Gisborne.

Looking for general information?

Immigration New Zealand - Information for new migrants

Immigration New Zealand offers a free information service for all new migrants available throughout the country.

If you have questions about life in New Zealand, you can call the Immigration New Zealand Contact Centre on

Freephone: 0800 776 948 (NZ fixed landline only)
From overseas or a mobile phone: +64 9 969 0591


Migrant Connect - help in person

A walk in information service is available at the Gisborne Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

CAB Gisborne
124A Bright Street, Gisborne 4010
Monday – Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Local Libraries

Local libraries are always a good place to go to find information about activities in your local community. And of course they have hundreds of books, eBooks, CDs and DVDs you can borrow. There is commonly also free internet access at most libraries and some have wireless internet. 

For information about the Gisborne library, check the website.

Gisborne Library

Visitor Information

Wondering what to do in your region - what attractions to see, adventures to try, routes to take? The Tourism New Zealand site has all the information you need, plus help with travelling further afield in New Zealand including finding transport and accommodation.

Eastland visitor information | Tourism New Zealand

Community Law Centres

If you need legal assistance, you can start with your local Community Law Centre. They have lawyers and advocates who can give you free initial legal help so you can deal with the issue quickly. They may also be able to represent you in courts or tribunals.

Tairawhiti Community Law Centre

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Cities and most towns across New Zealand have a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). It’s a place where you’ll find someone who can provide information, advice and support on just about any problem you may have. They can also help in 26 different languages through CAB Language Connect.

Gisborne | Citizens Advice Bureau

Language Connect | Citizens Advice Bureau

Cultural groups

Gisborne has a number of groups representing a wide range of ethnic groups in the area. Check them out on the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) site.

Gisborne Multicultural groups | CAB

Immigration advice

If you need help with an immigration matter, you should talk either to a lawyer experienced in the field or to a licensed immigration adviser. Find a registered adviser using the online register operated by the Immigration Adviser’s Authority.

Find a lawyer | Law society

Find an immigration lawyer | New Zealand Law Society

Budget and financial services

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 New Zealand Federation of Budgeting Services maintains a list of its professional members and their contact details.


Budget services Gisborne | CAB

Find a Budgeting service | NZ Federation of Budgeting Services

Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace (JPs) can be found in most areas of Gisborne and can assist with the witnessing of documents such as applications for citizenship, certifying copies, and taking declarations, affidavits and affirmations.

Find a JP | Royal Federation of NZ Justices' Association

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Page last updated: 10/10/2016

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