Community Networks Wanaka is your local resource hub for social wellbeing services and community development.


  • A 'Heartlands' Service Centre - We facilitate regular visits from Government and Non-government organisations to offer services to the community. These include IRD, Community Law, Justices of the Peace, Volunteering Central, Budget Advice, and Careers Services. We also hold an extensive range of social support information such as Immigration forms, Work and Income forms, and details of health professionals and counselling services.
  • Facilitation and Coordination - We coordinate a range of activities and services including a School Holiday Club, Community Food Bank,  Meals on Wheels, Wheels to Dunstan Bus Service, Total Mobility Vouchers, and a local interagency meeting of social service providers.
  • Strategic Community Development - We work alongside the community to identify gaps in services and advocate on their behalf to increase social capital. Examples include: Wanaka Alcohol Group, Life Matters Suicide Prevention Group, Champion for Older People Group.
  • Rooms for hire - We have rooms and office space available for hire for business and not-for-profit organisations.



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Did you know that the Foodbank drive (coming up on Tuesday 20th December) helps stock our foodbank for the year? (See our Facebook page or the Wanaka Sun for more details on the drive.)

Some items your local foodbank would really appreciate:

  • Pasta sauces
  • Meats (we have a big freezer)
  • Canned Fish
  • Crackers, Biscuits & Muesli Bars
  • Rice and Pasta
  • Baking goods
  • Toiletries
  • Christmas foods for the Christmas hampers

And please remember we also appreciate cash donations as it allows us to buy the foods we need 🙂

Donations can be dropped of anytime to our office or in the bin at New World.

Lets come together and lend a helping hand to our community!





Community Networks is introducing a new project to provide companionship for older people across the Upper Clutha.

The Champion for Older Person group is a network of agencies that support older people in the region. These groups have identified that we have older people in our community feeling lonely and isolated. Based on this need Community Networks secured funding from the Elsie and Ray Armstrong Charitable Trust to run a pilot project to develop a companionship project.  This would entail a volunteer meeting with an older person approximately once a week to offer companionship and a small amount of help where needed such as a visit to the shops. The volunteer would not be providing a care service for the older person.

If you know of an older person who you believe would benefit from receiving these visits, or you would like to volunteer to visit, could you please let Barbara know:



Contact Details

Community Networks
73 Brownston Street,
Wanaka 9305

Phone: (03) 443 7799
Fax: (03) 443 7803