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Community groups

Connecting with people, activities, and interests in MidCentral can begin by contacting community groups.

This is a way disabled people and their whānau can connect with activities or opportunities they may wish to try and with people who like to do the same things, or who have different interests, to create relationships and welcoming communities

Community groups Feilding (external website)

Community groups Dannevirke (external website)

Community groups Woodville (external website)

Community services Tararua (external website)

Community groups Norsewood (external website)

Community groups Otaki (external website)

Clubs and sports contacts (external website)

Community groups

Citizens Advice Bureau Palmerston North

At the CAB we try to help people to know and understand their rights and obligations and how to use this information to get the best outcomes, provide people with the confidence and support they need to take action, and work for positive social change within communities and wider society. We provide a free and independent service to all.  The aims of Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand are to:

  • ensure that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, or of the services available, or through an inability to express their needs effectively
  • exert a responsible influence on the development of social policies and services, both locally and nationally.

Our service is provided by more than 2,600 trained volunteers, in more than 80 locations around New Zealand. Our volunteers are supported by a comprehensive database and regular learning. Find out how to become a volunteer (external website) .

Emergency and disaster response teams Palmerston North

Creating, training and supporting community response groups is a key part of Council’s Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan. Response groups help their communities be more prepared and self-reliant in the event of a disaster or emergency. These groups are made up of volunteers who liaise with Palmerston North civil defence and emergency services to initiate and assist in response to an emergency.

Palmerston North’s civil defence emergency management team is forming community response groups for the villages of: Aokautere, Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, Kairanga, Linton, Longburn, Turitea. Keep an eye on our Council Facebook page (external website)  for updates on community meetings.

Volunteering Manawatu

Interested in volunteering? Need a volunteer?

Phone: 06 354 6027

Freephone: 0800 865 2687

email: info@vrcmanawatu.org.nz

Visit the Volunteering Manawatu website (external website)

Ground Floor, Rm G7 Community House

77 King Street, Palmerston North

Horowhenua Volunteer Resource Centre

The centre builds links with other volunteer organisations and promotes volunteering. Opening hours daily see the Facebook page (external website)  for up-to-date hours each week.

Te Takere

10 Bath Street

Levin 5510

email: horowhenua@vrcmanawatu.org.nz

Volunteering Kāpiti

We connect non-profit Organisations, Clubs and Schools on the Kapiti Coast with volunteers to help them increase their diversity, capability and achieve their objectives.

Open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 2.00pm.

16 Ihakara Street Paraparaumu 5032

Phone: 04 905 8884, 06 364 6887

Email: info@volunteerkapiti.org.nz

Neighbourly – when neighbours connect good things happen

Neighbourly allows you to stay connected with your neighbours and community using a private neighbourhood website. It's a free service that is designed to make your neighbourhood a safer and better place to live.

Find out more about Neighbourly (external website)

Meet Up

Meet Up is about connecting people with something in common. From activities you love and hobbies you want to try, to ways you identify yourself and who you want to be, a Meetup group is a community. A community of people who come together because they care about the same thing. Mountain climbers, first-time parents, aspiring circus performers, coders… you name it, there’s a good chance there’s a Meetup group for it (and if there isn’t, maybe you should create one)

Visit the Meet Up website (external website)

TimeBank Manawatu

TimeBanking is a way of trading skills in a community. It facilitates the sharing of skills between its members, both individuals and organisations. TimeBanking activity is measured by the time it takes to complete a piece of work. Time Credits are used as payment, not money.  You earn time credits for the work you do, and then use those credits to 'buy' another member's time to get the services you need. TimeBanking builds on the magic of pay it forward. Everyone's Time is Equal - no matter what type of work is undertaken, one hour always equals one time credit.

Contact: Andrea McCrostie-Horne

Phone: +64 21 713 190

Email: info@timebankmanawatu.org.nz

Facebook:TimeBank Manawatu (external website)

TimeBank Software (external website)

Visit the TimeBank website (external website)

Heartland Tararua

There are many ways to access government and community organisations. But sometimes you just want to talk to someone, face to face, in your own community. That’s exactly what Heartlands offers.

Cnr Mangahao Road and Arthur Street, Pahiatua

Phone: 06 376 7541

Fax: 06 376 6916

Email: tararua@heartlandservices.govt.nz

Name of Coordinator: Talitha Vandenberg

Hours of opening: 9.30am - 2.00pm Monday to Friday.

Manawatu Newcomers Group 

The Manawatu Newcomers group is very active and has a wide range of newcomers activities for you to enjoy & make new friends. Please join us we would love to meet you!

Visit the Manawatu Newcomers Group website (external website)

Marae in the region

List of all marae in MidCentral (external website)


Accessible to all men, regardless of ability, background, or culture. : Amongst other things provides information and guidance to enable member sheds to establish opportunities for effective and continuous learning where appropriate for skill transference and tangible outcomes

Levin Menzshed

131 Mako Mako Road, Levin

Contact: Tony Murdoch

Phone: 06 3687737

Email: mudrock@slingshot.co.nz

Shed Phone: 06 3673517

Shed Email: menzlevin@gmail.com

Danniverke Menzshed

40 Denmark Street, Dannevirke

Shed opens Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm

Shed Email: dvkemenzshed@gmail.com

President: Gary Cameron

Phone: 06 3764167

Email: jagcam@xtra.co.nz

Secretary & Treasurer: Ian Barnett

Phone: 06 3742737

Email: ianandpam77@xtra.co.nz

Eketahuna Menzshed

1 Bengston Street, Eketahuna

Contact: Lee-Anne

Phone: 06 3758188

Email: ehc@inspire.net.nz

Email: lindy.campbell@centralpho.org.nz

Feilding Menzshed

We are open to members all hours. Visitors are especially welcome on Tuesday mornings: morning tea 10.00am.

Location: 10(c) Marlborough Street – the old boiler room behind the Health Centre in Duke Street

Contact: Jeff Wakelin, Trustee/secretary

Phone: 06 323 9642

Email: secretary.feildingshed@gmail.com

182 West Street, Feilding, 4702

Menzshed Manawatu

Palmerston North, in Racecourse Road, just off Maxwells Line

We are currently open every Tuesday from 9am to 2pm

David Chapple

Phone: 06 357 4045

Email: chapple.arch@xtra.co.nz

David Bateman

Phone: 06 354 3309

Email: b8mans@xtra.co.nz

Graham Slater

Phone: 06 353 0586

Email: gandg@inspire.net.nz

Pahiatua Menzshed

183 Main Street, Pahiatua

Contact: Vince Charlesworth, Secretary

Phone: 06 3767902

Mobile: 022 0339010

Email: yoda35@xtra.co.nz

Neighbourhood Support

Join a Neighbourhood Support group. A Neighbourhood Support group brings local people together to share information, ideas and connectedness

Visit the Neighbourhood Support website (external website)

Rotary Clubs

Visit the Rotary website (external website)

Lions Clubs

Visit the Lions website (external website)

Feilding and District Art Centre

104 Manchester Street Feilding

Phone: 06 323 2323

Email: art@fadas.co.nz

Visit the Feilding and District Art Centre website (external website)

"Have a Go" mixed groups 

  • Mondays - 9am -12pm - Adult colouring in group

  • Tues & Thurs - 10am - 12pm - Art/Painting group

  • Wednesdays - 7-9 year old 3.30 - 4.30pm, 10 -13year olds 5 -6pm - Tutored Art classes for kids (bookings necessary)

  • Fridays - 10am - 12pm - Textiles group

Rongotea Arts & Craft Centre

Douglas Square, P O Box 210, Rongotea

Contact: Marion Soutar

Phone: 06 324 8757

Mobile: 021 2362 336

Postal Address: c/o Community learning Centre

Sharing of skills and community learning Centre OPEN Wednesdays, 10am - 3pm

Fielding ATC Community Market

CBD Town Square, Feilding

Contact: Lynne

Phone: 06 323 0604

Mobile: 021 606 423

Runs the first Saturday of each month in the town square in Feilding, 9am - 1pm.

Anyone wanting a stall needs to contact Lynne.