Community Services

Whilst Central Otago has one of New Zealand’s smaller permanent population bases, most of the services and facilities that would normally be found in a larger town or city are available in the region.

Additional to schools, banks, medical, postal, fuel and retail services, there are many members of our community who contribute to and are involved in providing services such as St Johns, rural and volunteer fire brigades.

There are a choice of churches in the district - Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic, Elim Pentecostal, Apostolic, Methodist, Salvation Army and Jehovah’s Witness.

Government departments are widely represented by Work and Income, Department of Conservation, Accident Compensation Corporation, Child Youth and Family, Corrections Department and the Ministry of Justice.  The Police have a presence in Alexandra, Cromwell Omakau, Ranfurly and Roxburgh.

Service groups include Lions, Rotary, St Johns and Returned Services Association.

Support agencies include Alexandra Council of Social Services, Budgeting and Victim Support.

There is a Chamber of Commerce, local promotions groups, sports groups, clubs and societies - including rugby, bowls, golf, tennis clubs, theatrical societies, book clubs, arts and crafts groups, and much more - found throughout the district.  The Community Directory holds contact details for many of these organisations.  A list of sports groups can also be found on the Sport Otago website.


Community Directory
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