Otago Community services
Access to community organisations and service is good across the region, particularly in Dunedin.
Services are delivered either by small local groups or through branches of larger national or regional organisations.
Local Council Services
For many services your best first choice is to check or inquire with the local council nearest you.
You can contact Inland Revenue (IR) online, by phone or in person in several locations across the Otago region. 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 Otago 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.
To find your nearest Youthline contact use this site. You can also find other information about what's available for Youth here.
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 55463
See these sites for contact information for community groups in the region.
Community Access Radio
Community Access Radio is a local radio station that is run by members of the community. Programmes are hosted by individuals or community groups, and are broadcast in their language about their interests. Tune in to listen, or plan to broadcast your own show.
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.
An Otago Neighbourhood Support site is under development.
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 by using this site.
If you are a woman and need information or help from Women's Refuge use this site to find out who you can call.
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.
Jigsaw Central Lakes
Jigsaw Central Lakes helps many people affected by violence to improve their lives by creating safer homes. They also work with offenders that want to change their behaviours and improve their family and individual situation.
Contact Jigsaw on 0508 440 255 to safely discuss your options.
Labour inspectorate - migrant exploitation
If you need to ask someone about your employment rights, or feel you’re being exploited as a migrant, you can talk to the government’s Labour inspectorate. Check the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website for details.
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.
The Otago regional council have links to transport strategy and planning and local services, from this page.
The public bus services in Dunedin is run by Otago Regional Council. See this site for routes, timetables and fares
For information about cycling in Dunedin go to this council site.
Go to this council site to find out about parking in Dunedin
Go to this council site to find out about parking in Queenstown Lakes.