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Finalists in the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Finalists in the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Finalists in the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

The Aoraki Migrant Centre was named named as a finalist for the Alpine Energy Business Excellence Awards. Whilst we didn't win it was a fantastic achievement for us to be there. Congratulations go to Presbyterian Support who won the Community Impact award.


People's Choice Award

Finalists in the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Finalists in the 2019 Business Excellence Awards


Finalists in the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Celebrating Tongan Language Week

1st - 7th of September

 1st of September at 7pm: Opening (Corner of Woodlands Road and North Street)

2nd - 6th September: School visits

7th September 6-11pm: Fiefia night at TBHS Hall. Island dinner and performances.

All welcome but spaces are limited so if you want to attend please email: 


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For up to date news please click on the "News" button which will take you directly to our facebook page (Aoraki Migrant Centre) and like us:

Helpful websites


For immigration advice and information:   https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas  

For local information and events:              https://www.southcanterbury.org.nz/events/eventscalendar 

For the Timaru Library                               https://library.timaru.govt.nz/home 

The library has free access to computers and the internet

Local cultural society information

SC Indian Cultural Society:                        https://www.facebook.com/South-Canterbury-Indian-Cultural-Society-Inc-745428028888749/ 

Chinese Society:                                        https://www.facebook.com/groups/TimaruChineseCommunity/ 

South African Society:                                https://www.facebook.com/timarusouthafricans/ 

Tongan Society South Canterbury             https://www.facebook.com/tongansocietysc/ 

Timaru Muslim Education Trust                 https://www.facebook.com/timarumuslimeducationaltrust/ 

Fale Pasifika                                              http://falepasifikaoaoraki.org.nz/ 

South Canterbury Irish Society                 https://www.facebook.com/scirishsociety 

Please contact us if you have started up a new group so we can add you to this list.


In the outlying areas of South Canterbury? These Heartlands Centres are a great place to start for information.

Fairlie Heartlands                                     http://www.heartlandservices.govt.nz/locations/fairlie.html 

Twizel Heartlands                                     http://www.heartlandservices.govt.nz/locations/twizel.html 

Waimate Heartlands                                 http://www.heartlandservices.govt.nz/locations/waimate.html 

Looking for work in NZ? Most of the jobs in NZ are now advertised on the internet.

Here are some useful job sites.





Timaru also has some recruitment agencies you can sign up with to help you find local jobs:







Remember to contact the Migrant Centre if you need some help with creating a CV and looking for work


Builders, plumbers and electricians:

When you move to a new place it’s hard to know who to contact for help with housing repairs.

Here are some useful websites for tradies that should have guaranteed workmanship.

The Master Builder seal is the hallmark of quality workmanship in the New Zealand building industry.



Master Plumbers is a national membership organisation that represents excellence in the plumbing, gas-fitting and drain-laying trades. 


Members operating under our Master Electricians brand can safeguard the quality of their workmanship, providing extra assurance to customers.     


Contact the Tenancy Tribunal if you have an issue with a landlord or tenant that you are unable to resolve yourself.