Waitaki Newcomers Network

We are all trying to help prevent the spread of Covid19 so our activities and events will be on hold for a while.

Due to Covid19 our activities and events will be suspended for the time being.

You can still join our Networks through 'Join Us' - and we will connect by way of email. That way we can add you to the mailing list, so we can keep you updated when activities will start again.

In the meantime, take good care, avoid close contact with others, especially with the elderly, wash your hands well and often and be kind to yourself and others.

About us

Welcome to the Waitaki Newcomers Network. This service has been running since 2012 and has helped over 800 families settle here. Contact us today and join the team of people who have chosen to make Waitaki their new home.

Join Waitaki Newcomers Network

Join us to make new friends, find out about events and get involved in your new community.

Our Coordinator: Christine

Hello and welcome to the Waitaki Newcomers Network.

My name is Christine Dorsey and along with some fantastic volunteers, I run the newcomers group which has been operating since 2012. This service has helped hundreds of families to settle into their new community and make new friends. Currently over 480 families are involved and we  invite you to be part of this. Just click “Join Now” and we will be in touch. There is no obligation, just attend whatever you choose or even just receive the information so you know what is happening around Waitaki.

I’ve lived in Oamaru with my husband and two daughters for a long time and I have lots of local information to share. I also understand what it is like to settle in a new community and would love to walk this exciting journey with you, as you forge new friendships and new beginnings. Give me a call today on 027 242 8643.

Contact Waitaki Newcomers Network

Phone: 03 434 7544

Mobile: 027 2428643

Abacus House
102 Thames Street
PO Box 528
Oamaru, 9400

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Register for free and get to know people in your new community.

Find people to socialise with, try new skills, sports or just enjoy a coffee with other newcomers, we know how it feels to be new in your community.


Volunteers and donations are the life blood of our organisation.