About Settlement Support New Zealand
Settlement Support is a network of people based in local communities who are available to assist migrants. They can provide information, workshops and help with getting settled.
How SSNZ can help
- SSNZ provides a clear point of contact for local information and services useful to new migrants in each local area.
- SSNZ is provided by a local organisation - often your local Council or an NGO (non government organisation) specialising in migrant settlement.
- SSNZ works with local service providers to find practical solutions to the challenges of settling in a new community.
- SSNZ provides new migrants with information and details of services available in their new community. This may include:
- Community Groups - contacts for the many community groups, such as sports clubs or social groups.
- Education - the schooling options that are available in the region, and what other education opportunities there are.
- Employment - advice on the employment services available locally and nationwide, and the larger employers in each region.
- English language - local contacts for new migrants who want to improve their English skills.
- Health - the local health providers, including hospitals and General Practitioners (family doctor) and how the New Zealand health system works.
- Housing - the local housing market, where to find the recent listings and other accommodation options.
- Recreation - sport, the Arts, social groups and the great outdoors. New Zealand is fortunate to have networks for most recreation activities.
- Transport - local buses, taxi and train services can be different in each area.. Talk to the local SSNZ coordinator to find out what is available in your area.
- You can also call SSNZ toll-free on 0800 776 948 (0800 SSNZ 4U) from anywhere in New Zealand - Your call will be automatically directed to the office nearest you.
You can find links to the Settlement Support offices in the Regional Information pages