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National Useful Links


These agencies, organisations and resources offer helpful information and services for settling into your new community in New Zealand.


Multicultural Councils

Multicultural New Zealand - the NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils – for contact details to all 23 affiliated Regional Multicultural Councils around New Zealand.

NZ Government Departments

Office of Ethnic Communities – this is the government department that works for all the different ethnic communities in New Zealand:

NZ Immigration Service – connect with this government agency if you would like to find out more about moving to, living and working in New Zealand:

Welcoming Communities – this is the latest initiative by the NZ government to make its communities more welcoming – find out more here:

Local Government NZ - this is the website for you if you are looking to
connect with your local Council and services. Local Councils have useful
information about recycling and kerbside collection, building consents,
libraries, parks and much more:

Tourism NZ - has information for holiday makers and businesses also:

Human Rights Commission – works for positive race relations and against racism, promotes and protects Human Rights (including gender, disability and other rights) in New Zealand:

Ministry of Education - this is the government agency for all things to do with education – if you would like to find out more about the school system, school holidays and much more this is the website to visit:

Career Services – this is a very useful page for work related things, for example CV’s and job searching:

NZQA – this is the NZ Qualifications Authority which is helpful if you want to study in NZ or need your overseas qualifications assessed:

Ministry for Women – the government agency working for women and promoting Women’s Rights:

Department of Conservation – the government agency in charge of nature conservation/protection and recreation opportunities, such as walking tracks and backcountry huts:

Ministry for the Environment – the government agency in charge of looking after New Zealand’s natural resources:

NZTA – this is the government agency concerned with transport and traffic

Tourist & Visitor Driving Theory Quiz – are you comfortable with NZ road code and rules? Take this test to find out:

Other organisations

The Electoral Commission - this is an independent Crown entity responsible for the administration of parliamentary elections and referendum. All you need to know about voting, including information in multiple languages can be found on our website:

English Language Partners – learn English with this wonderful national organisation funded by the Migrant Levy:

InfoNOW – is a free service that provides settlement information in your preferred language (17 different languages):

Interpreting NZ – is an organisation providing interpretation services and training interpreters:

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) - for information on your rights and on services & clubs available, also migration and newcomers relevant information:

Community Law - this is a great NZ service - if you need free legal
advice visit your local Community Law Centre:

Volunteering NZ - to find out more about volunteering in New Zealand:

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand – is a great resource of national history, geography and cultural matters:

Māori Dictionary – if you would like to learn more about Maori words and their meaning visit:

Other resources

‘Emotional Challenges of Migration’ by Ellie Baker – a very useful book by a NZ based author exploring the emotional challenges of migration:

UN International Days – for an overview of these visit:

CADDANZ - Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa – if you are interested in academic research into issues of migration and diversity relating to New Zealand then you should check out this long-term research project:

Otago University Dunedin - Centre for Global Migration – this may also be of interest to you if you are interested in Migration from an academic perspective:



Other social connection opportunities

Global Women in New Zealand – a group of Women leaders driving diversity and inclusion in NZ:

Torpedo7 & - ‘Got to get out’ club – if you like the outdoors this may be interesting for you:

Meet Up - a social media tool to find groups, clubs, etc:

Neighbourly – a social media tool that some New Zealanders use to connect with their neighbourhoods:

You could also connect with so-called Service Clubs, with local groups available in many New Zealand communities. These are for example: Zonta International (for women only), Rotary, Lions Clubs, Probus (for retired people) – Google these to find out more.

News in New Zealand

Radio New Zealand:

Television New Zealand (TVNZ):



Stuff NZ:

NZ Herald:

The Spinoff:




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