This page contains information about all the ways we're working to support and develop our community. Explore the links below and if there's something you can't find, you can contact our Community Services team.
It also contains information and application forms for a variety of Community grants, which are Government funded grants to support organisations within the local community and neighbourhood that operate on a not-for-profit and voluntary basis. Browse the available grants below, or get in touch for more information.
Residential Advisory Service
Residential Advisory Service (Community Law Canterbury) are in town monthly to provide free legal advice (about rebuild, insurance or any other matter you may need help with). Call 027 537 0159 or email Karen on firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Law Marlborough
Community Law Marlborough has created a short information sheet for if you are planning to write a will, or if you are planning to apply for Probate (which is asking the Court's permission to carry out your role as executor of a will).
You can see a full list and contact info for all sports, leisure and hobby groups in the district on our website. If we've missed something, let us know!
A complete list and contact information for all the health, education & social services available in our district.
The “go to” place for Kaikōura residents who want to learn.
A place that will promote opportunities, promote conversation around education and allow space for families individuals and agencies to achieve their goals.
Kaikōura Community Vehicle Trust is a Charitable Trust run by 9 board members to provide reliable and reasonably priced transport to our community for local shopping and appointments as well as out of town medical appointments.
All of the drivers are volunteers who happily give their time up for the communtiy. They pick you up and drop you off at your home.
Van trips and costs
Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
Shopping and around Kaikōura town
Town residents - $7 return trip
South Bay - $10 return trip
Hapuku - $15 return trip
Trips to Christchurch
1 person - $85 return
2 people - $75 each return
Trips to Blenheim
1 person - $75 return
2 people - $65 each return.
To make an appointment for any of these services, contact the Trust on 027 346 3751.
Kaikōura Shuttles offer a local shuttle service/transfers within Kaikōura as well as private transfers in one of their luxury vehicles.
Transport within Town Boundary
$8.00 per person (minimum charge 1 person $15.00)
Including Seal Colony and South Bay
Airfield – Town
1-2 persons $25.00
3 or more $10.00 per person
1 Hour - $30.00 per Person
2 Hour - $58.00 per Person
Mt Fyffe / Hinau Walking Track
$40.00 each way 1- 4 people
5 or more $10.00 per person
(8 Hours Return Walk)
Day Charters and private transfer Service Available on request
Kaikoura Shuttles (03) 3196166
(last updated 01 October 2018)
Kiwi Access Card
This card is great for those who need a formal ID, but who don't drive or have a passport. These can be used for things like opening a bank account.
You can pick up an application from the Post Shop (29 West End).
Community Connects Grants (MSD)
This fund targets projects to promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support their community to prepare for an ageing population.
There is more that one round per year.
Financial Help through MoneyTalks
The MoneyTalks helpline offers free and confidential budgeting advice for people experiencing financial hardship.
Call them free on 0800 345 123
Email them at email@example.com
Text them on 4026
Community Services Card/SuperGold Card
If your SuperGold card has "CSC" on the back, it means it is also a Community Services Card, which means you can use it for health services as well as SuperGold Discounts. All community services card holders receive a reduced fee at Kaikōura Healthcare.
Ministry for Social Development (MSD) has lots of great information and resources for our senior citizens.
16 one to two bedroom pensioner flats in Torquay Street are maintained by Kaikōura District Council.
Council-led Community Services
We have a Rebuild Navigator whose role is to help Kaikōura residents going through the repair/rebuild process by providing them with help and assistance.
Steve can help you with a range of things including insurance, finding a tradie, Council processes such as consents and more. Give him a call to discuss what you need help with.
How to contact Steve:
Phone: 027 475 5259
We’re a small district with just over 3,500 residents in just over 2,000 square kilometres. Although we’re small, our takiwā (district) offers plenty - on land, out on the water or up in our skies.
The booklet linked below contains information about local services, organisations and activities that we hope will help you get settled in, and get to know our district.
Whether you are here for a short time or have made the move to Kaikōura permanently, we look forward to welcoming you to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Right now there’s a shortage of housing and accommodation in our district. Council are working with a number of local and national organisations to try to find solutions to our housing issues.
Winter is here and we want to help keep your home warm and dry.
Our Winter Warmer programme is about helping residents get their houses warm, safe, secure and sanitised as soon as possible. The team is working with tenants, landlords, insurers, individual homeowners to get ‘quick fixes’ and temporary repairs in place before the worst of the cold arrives.
The programme includes:
- Making houses ‘weather tight’ – fixing leaks, making sure windows and doors open and close properly, sealing cracks in walls and ceilings.
- Making houses warmer – fixing windows, stopping drafts, installing thermally lined curtains, looking at insulation and heat-source options.
- Making homes secure – checking outside doors close and lock properly
This programme is all about helping our community get winter ready and the team are here to help.
Contact the team on 027 564 8252 to book a home visit, discuss your options or refer someone who could benefit from the team’s help.
EQC has some handy information for those navigating their way through insurance. We have tried to put all the links in one handy place. If there's a question you can't find an answer to, get in touch and we will do our best to help you out!
From mid-2017 to November 2018, the Outreach team conducted door-knocking throughout the community to survey residents. For some, this was their first opportunity to have a conversation about their situation and the issues they were facing. Individuals in need of further support were then referred to agencies who could help.
As at January 2019, the Outreach team had completed 742 surveys, with over 550 referrals made to 48 various social service and community support organisations in and outside of Kaikōura.
Cases that are still active and are being addressed by the Community Development Officer and Rebuild Navigator.
If you’ve got a question, need some help or know someone who does, call the community services team, leave a message and someone will check it and get back to you within 2 days. You can also pop in to see them on Level 1, 96 West End (opposite the Library), or email them here.
To get in touch with the Rebuild Navigator, who can help you through the repair/rebuild process, call 027 564 8252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Right? is working alongside the Kaikōura community on a range of initiatives designed to make people more aware of their wellbeing and ways to improve it.
How does this fit with the Recovery Plan?
Recovery Plan Goal: Strengthen community resilience, safety and wellbeing; ensure everyone in the community has their essential needs met; and enhance quality of life for residents and visitors.
How we'll achieve it
Support health and wellbeing: Undertake a stocktake of community needs and services provided. Develop a Healthy Kaikōura partnership to coordinate and deliver programmes that support community wellbeing and connectedness. Monitor health and wellbeing outcomes and regularly review progress and actions.
Meet housing needs: Determine temporary accommodation needs and ensure adequate case management support is available. Provide guidance on repairing or rebuilding homes to be healthy, efficient and resilient. Identify actions to meet current and future housing needs including regulatory and non-regulatory methods.
Elderly care: Encourage the private sector to establish a retirement village and dementia care facilities.
Community activities: Support organisations working to enliven Kaikōura, strengthen community connections, wellbeing and build resilience for earthquake affected communities.
Community facilities: Develop a long-term community facilities plan to repair or replace key community facilities such as pools or playgrounds. Investigate a visitor levy or contribution to support tourism related facilities.