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.
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:
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.