About Us


The Aoraki Migrant Centre offers a range of services, events and activities to help you settle into your new community.

We are able to offer support, information and advice about living and working in New Zealand, and will advocate on your behalf if language or cultural background is making it difficult to communicate with people or organisations.

Some of the assistance we can offer and services we provide are:


  • Information about New Zealand's social services and laws

  • Help to set up bank accounts and Inland Revenue (IRD) numbers


  • Connect people with English language help, Doctors, schools, immigration advisers, community lawyers, social support agencies and cultural support

  • Run cultural awareness evenings to bring the South Canterbury community together to help provide information on different cultures, beliefs, religions and lifestyles

  • Run women’s wellness programs to help prevent social isolation for women

  • Help to create CV’s and cover letters and assistance with job applications

  • We help to connect our local cultural groups so we can work together collaboratively on issues that communities may be facing and to support each other in celebration.

  • The organisation of social events to help people connect

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We can help if language or cultural background is making it difficult to communicate with people or organisations.

Aoraki Multicultural council


Aoraki Multicultural council

 The Aoraki Migrant Centre is a non-Government organisation which comes under the umbrella of the Aoraki Multicultural council.  

Our Programs

Women's Well-being Programme


 This has been developed by women who have experienced migration and arrived in New Zealand into a culture which is vastly different from their own.

For information on when we are running our next course go to our events page.

Thursday Coffee Mornings


Every Thursday between 10am and 12pm, we have coffee mornings at Community House. 

This is  for everyone who wants to connect with people and do some fun activities. 

Wednesday Morning Walk and Talk


Come and join us every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 10.00am to go for a walk down to Caroline Bay. 

We meet at the Aoraki Migrant Centre first.





"It (the women's wellbeing programme) was a really useful program. I want to keep receiving and sharing information about NZ and Timaru regularly. Thank you for organising the Women's wellbeing"

"The people who work at the Migrant Centre are very welcoming and helpful. I love the caring atmosphere that they create - I feel comfortable joining in their activities. The manager has a great knowledge in working with diverse people and connecting with other agencies. I believe the Aoraki Migrant Centre has a positive impact on the Timaru community"

"I have had a lot of experience and information from the Migrant Centre. I am helped with New Zealand life by this workshop (women's wellbeing). I would like to attend workshops like this again."

"The Migrant Centre has helped me hugely with my family. They have worked very closely with other agencies to get lots of support for us. They have attended appointments and hearings with us and have explained what these have meant. I don't know what I would have done without them."