Community Resources

Waitaki District Libraries collaborates with lots of community groups in the Waitaki District - including Waitaki Community Mental Health and the Citizen's Advice Bureau.

If you are new to the area, you may want to touch base with other new residents -

If you are a migrant, the Migrants Meet and Share Group might be just what you are looking for:
You can also contact Maria Erdody-Buldain, the group organiser, on 0210665143 for more information.

If you are after an interest group, the Waitaki Groups website is a good place to start:


Age Concern - 03 434 7008

Aoraki Polytech Intensive English -

Citizens Advice Bureau - The North Otago Citizens Advice Bureau publish a community group directory that can be purchased for $3 from their office at Community House, 100 Thames Street.

Domestic Violence HELP -

Directory of Educational Services available in the Waitaki District -

Directory of Waitaki Health and Disability Services -

Directory of Medical Services including doctors surgeries -

Information about living and working in the Waitaki District -

Literacy North Otago - Supporting literacy in our community, Literacy North Otago is located at 34 Ribble St, Oamaru. Opening hours are Mon-Thurs: 9am - 5pm and Fri: 9am - 4pm CONTACT: Helen Jansen, 03 434 2236, Website:

Migrant Support -

Newcomers Network -

Sport Waitaki ~

Waitaki Community Mental Health - 03 433 0002 (2 Trent Street, Oamaru)

Groups -



The national kindergarten website enables you to find the details of kindergartens available in Oamaru.

The Waimate Kindergarten Association provides a mobile service and details of this can be found on their page.

Youth Line Otago

is a volunteer-led support and community service for people of all ages and concerns, focused on the needs of youth. They provide round the clock Helpline support by free text (234), phone (0800 376633), email ( and web-chat ( They also provide face to face counselling and psychotherapy for all ages 18 and over, community education, and a volunteer programme focused on personal, leadership and career development. Youthline aims to support young people to be resilient and actively engaged - thus thriving in their own community - and to also develop their volunteers into future leaders.