Aoraki Migrant Centre

If you are in South Canterbury, a recent migrant, international student or temporary visa holder who needs some extra help and support during this difficult time the Aoraki Migrant Centre may be able to help.

Please complete this form and we will contact you to see how we can help.

For more info from immigration click here (link)

For more info on what the current COVID-19 situation is in New Zealand, click here. or for information in other languages.

If you would like to speak to someone please call us on 687-7332

If you are outside the South Canterbury District and you need help you can contact one of your other Multicultural Councils on 

Timaru District Council

 Welfare Helpline - 0800 24 24 11

This number is staffed 7am-7pm for people who feel vulnerable and have no alternative means of accessing essential services such as food and medicine. Or visit their website 

Office of Ethnic Communities

Information in different languages for ethnic communities about COVID-19 and what it means for you, your family and your communities . 

Work and Income

To check whether you are eligible for extra financial assistance or to find out about the wage subsidy for employers please visit their website on 

Mental health and well being services

 COVID-19 is changing our daily lives. It’s important to look after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together.   


  • 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. 
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Help if you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence

  • If you are in immediate danger , call 111 and ask for the Police.

If you are a victim of family violence or in a relationship that makes you fearful about your own or anyone else's safety, seek help as soon as possible. You have the right to be safe.

Immigration NZ

For information on Visa extensions and updates, border closures, entry restrictions and departures from NZ visit or  for urgent queries only call:

+64 9 952 1679 | outside New Zealand

0508 225 288 | within New Zealand

The Immigration Contact Centre is currently experiencing extremely high call volumes and you may face an extended delay in your call being answered.