Whether you or your parents have come to New Zealand as a refugee or migrant, you have a right to access health services you need to live well.
Culturally appropriate and safe health care may include services that are able to understand your needs, language, migration history, religious beliefs, cultural values and health beliefs. It is important to seek help if you have health needs.
Accessing health services
In New Zealand there are a range of health services that are available for you. They may be similar or quite different to ones you have used before coming to New Zealand.
It is a good to enrol with a local doctor as you can get:
Free or cheaper fees when you see your local doctor (GP).
Access to free interpreter services, if required.
Reminders for checks, immunisations and other additional services.
Accessing information in a language that you are comfortable with is really important. Read more about interpreter services and how to access professional interpreter services for your health care needs. Many services are free.
Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team .
Last reviewed: 18 Jan 2015
Refugee Sponsorship programme Introduction
An introduction to the New Zealand Refugee Sponsorship programme. This video was prepared from the original produced by the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), which consists of the Government of Canada, the UNHCR, the Refugee Hub at the University of Ottawa, the Open Society Foundations, the Giustra Foundation, and the Shapiro Foundation. (Immigration New Zealand, NZ, 2021)
Conversations With My Immigrant Parents
A podcast and video serieswhere parents and children learn about each other and confront those complex issues that are deepened by differences in generation and culture. (Re:, NZ, 2020)
For former refugees, trauma doesn't stay in the past
These organisations provide support and services for new migrants and refugees in New Zealand.
Migration programmesNew Zealand Red Cross The New Zealand Red Cross provides a range of practical support services to assist refugees with the many challenges of adjusting to life in a new culture and society. The support services include the Pathways to Employment programme that helps individuals from refugee backgrounds plan their employment and ultimately find work.
Support for Refugees & Asylum Seekers RASNZ Refugee health & wellbeing RASNZ Refugee as Survivors New Zealand is a leading mental health and wellbeing service for people from refugee backgrounds living in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Aotearoa New Zealand's ethnic communitiesTe Tari Mātāwaka Office of Ethnic Communities, NZ A register of ethnic community organisations and support services. You can look for services by region, faith or ethnicity.
Multicultural New Zealand NZ Multicultural New Zealand has organisations throughout the country. They work closely with recent migrants in Aotearoa, former refugees, local Māori leaders, Government and the wider community.
Rainbow Path NZ A group connecting LGBTQIA+ Refugees and Asylum Seekers in New Zealand. Almost all Rainbow Path members are asylum seekers or refugees, and most are trans.
Shakthi NZ Services migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origins
Family services directory, NZ A government directory of organisations in your area that can provide support to you and your family. The directory includes organisations that can provide support in areas such as addiction, legal services, education, ethnic services, family violence, mental health and special needs. Your local doctor NZ Find out where your local doctor is, how to enrol and other useful health related information and links for migrant communities
Healthinfo Canterbury, NZ A health information website for the general public. The website has a mix of health information, including factsheets on different topics and descriptions of local health services and support organisations.
Find your Midwife NZ If you are pregnant, find a midwife here. You can choose by location and language
Gandhi Nivas NZ Early intervention and prevention services for New Zealand men identified at risk of committing harm in the family home.
Pamoja NZ HIV prevention and support programme for Africans, by Africans in New Zealand
Diversity Counselling New Zealand NZ Diversity Counselling New Zealand is a charitable trust offering a team of qualified, registered and experienced counselling professionals, passionate in making a difference to the community.
To find a refugee and migrant service within your area, use the location filter under the map (mobile view) or at the bottom of the search results (computer view).
Source: HealthPoint services directory used with permission.