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Neighbourhood life

Other resources

General information about neighbourhood issues

Community Law

Your local Community Law Centre can provide initial free legal advice and information.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Phone: 0800 367 222

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) website provides information on a range of neighbourhood problems. Your local CAB can help you work your way through a problem with your neighbour.

Consumer New Zealand

The “Neighbours and property” section of this website has information covering a range of neighbourhood problems.

Kainga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand)

The “Neighbours” section of this website has information for neighbours of Kainga Ora properties.

If you have a problem with a Kainga Ora neighbour, you can contact their Customer Services Centre on: 0800 801 601

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This website has fact sheets covering a range of neighbourhood problems.

New Zealand Law Society

The NZLS pamphlet “Over the fence … are your neighbours” explains the law about disputes between neighbours. You can read the pamphlet online


Department of Internal Affairs

The “Dog control” section of this website has information about the Dog Control Act and about microchipping dogs.

SPCA New Zealand

For information on some of the legal responsibilities of pet owners go to:

Ministry for Primary Industries

For a full guide to the Animal Welfare Act 1999, go to:

Getting help if you’re homeless


Āwhina is a directory of services in Auckland for the homeless, by the homeless.

Women’s refuges

Find your local women’s refuge.

Housing First

Housing First is a group of providers covering all of Auckland.

Services in main centres

Auckland City Mission:

The People’s Project, Hamilton:

Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), Wellington:

Christchurch City Mission:

Dunedin Night Shelter (for men):

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