Local Community Services


When do they visit?

Bookings are essential – please ring Community Networks on 03 443 7799  or email info@communitynetworks.co.nz to make your appointment. They are here every Tuesday afternoon from 1.00 p.m and every Friday morning from 10.30 a.m.

We need your name, how many copies you need to be witnessed (in order to allocate enough time) and a contact phone number. Please also bring your original documents for the J.P. to sight. What do they offer?

  • A JP can witness your signature on a document.
  • A JP can certify copies of documents for you including cell phone texts and computer displayed results.
  • A JP can complete an affidavit for you. This is a document that is sworn on oath or affirmed and is normally used in a legal proceeding.
  • A JP can complete a declaration for you. This may be a statutory declaration made under the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957 or some other statute which provides for this to be done.
  • This is a free service offered to the community, however, donations to help with the costs of coordinating this service are appreciated. 
  • This service is voluntary so if there are no appointments the Justice of Peace will not be available.
  • To find a local JP and make an appointment outside Community Networks’ set times please click here.


The Wheels to Dunstan transport is a free car service to and from Dunstan Hospital or to the eye clinic in Alexandra for medical appointments.

You can also use the Wheels to Dunstan car to connect with transport to and from Dunedin hospital. The Dunedin bus leaves Cromwell at 7.30 am and leaves Dunedin to return to Cromwell at 3pm. 

People of any age can use the service and it is typically used by people who don’t own a car, are no longer able to drive or simply can’t afford the trip.

This service is driven by a fantastic team of volunteer drivers who will pick you up from your door and deliver you to where your appointment is. The Wheels to Dunstan Trust ask for donations from people using this transport to help cover the costs of the car. 

How do I book the Wheels to Dunstan service?

Call Community Networks 03 443 7799 giving details of your name, address, day and time of your appointment. Appointments ideally need to be between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to minimise waiting times should there be more than 1 passenger in the car. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are an ACC client and provide your ACC number.

St John Central Otago Health Shuttle – Transport to Dunedin Hospital

This is available from Cromwell Monday-Friday. The shuttle leaves Cromwell St Johns at 7.30 am and returns to Cromwell at approx. 6pm

Appointments in Dunedin need to be between 11.00am and 2.30pm. Otherwise you can stay overnight and catch the shuttle back the next day.

Cost: The suggested donation is $20 each way. ACC travel fund or Ministry of Health Travel Assistance may be available.

For bookings, call 0800785276 by 3pm the day before the appointment.

Once you have made your booking for the Dunedin bus we can then book an early shift driver from Wanaka to Cromwell and a late shift driver to meet the Dunedin bus to return to Wanaka.

Please phone Community Networks on 03 443 7799 to book this, mentioning you need the early and late shift to connect with the Dunedin bus.

Can I use the shuttle service to visit someone in hospital?

If you wish to visit someone in Dunstan hospital you may travel on the shuttle if it is already going that day and there is a space. You will have to wait until all the patients on the shuttle have finished their appointments for that day. Please phone Community Networks to enquire.

ACC Clients

If you are an ACC client please inform Community Networks when you make your booking? You will need your ACC number and will have some paperwork to fill out on the day of your trip.


Donations are welcome. Please give directly to the driver.

Meals on Wheels

Who uses the service and how do I start receiving the meals?

MOW are reasonably priced meals delivered to your door by a wonderful team of volunteer drivers on weekdays. This service is most often used by elderly people who find it difficult to shop and cook for themselves.  However, if you are ill or recovering from an illness it is possible to sign up for these on a short term basis.

The meals are cooked by staff at Elmslie House. Community Networks coordinates the roster of volunteers. To start receiving the meals please call Elmslie House on 03 443 7899.


Subsidies are available for people with specialist needs. An assessment is required by the medical social worker at Dunstan Hospital – please phone 03 440 4300 for more details

MOW Volunteer Drivers

We appreciate any offers of help. If you would like to volunteer as a driver please get in touch with Community Networks.

Local Community Health Services

Pain Management 

Wanaka community pain management program for non-injury related persistent pain. Ideal for people not eligible for ACC funded services e.g. pain related to stroke, cancer, autoimmune diseases, arthritis etc. Self-referral and GP referrals accepted.

To find out if this program is right for you, please contact Andrew Thompson for confidential discussion.  Mobile 0223184567 or email communitypainmanagement@gmail.com