West Coast Information & advice

A good range of information and support services are available on the West Coast, particularly in the largest town Greymouth.

Looking for general information?

These can help with finding housing, sports clubs, social services, employment, education and health services.

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

Email: newmigrantinfo@mbie.govt.nz

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

CAB Buller
Clocktower Building, 113 Palmerston Street, Westport 7825
Monday – Friday 10am - 3pm

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 an adviser | Immigration Advisers Authority

Find an immigration lawyer | New Zealand Law Society

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 local libraries, check the website.

Grey District Council Library

Newcomers Network 

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.

West Coast | Newcomers Network

Visitor Information

Wondering what to do on the West Coast - 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.

West Coast visitor information | Tourism New Zealand

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.

West Coast | Citizens Advice Bureau

Language Connect | Citizens Advice Bureau

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.

Find a centre | Community Law Centre

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.

Sorted

Greymouth Budgeting Service | Salvation Army

Budget services West Coast | CAB

Find a Budgeting service | NZ Federation of Budgeting Services

Parent centres

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.

Greymouth Parents Centre

Toy Library Federation of New Zealand

Toy Libraries offer a range of quality toys, puzzles, games and learning activities for members to hire for a set period of time. Caters for 0 - 8 years.

West Coast Toy Libraries | Toy Library Federation of New Zealand

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