Community services

Community services and helpful information

Waimakariri District Council community resources has information on funding & grants, social & health services, for those new to the area and more.


You can buy new Metrocards and top up your Metrocard at the Rangiora library and at the Council Service Centre at the Kaiapoi library.

For any other Metrocard transactions, please see the Metro website for more information.

Citizens Advice Bureau


Citizens Advice Bureau provides free and confidential advice to everyone. We take time to listen to you and equip you with the information, options and support that fits your needs.
The North Canterbury C.A.B. is located in the Rangiora Library, 206 High Street  (in the laneway next door to the WDC Community Team)
Hours are 9 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.

For further information, see the C.A.B. website.

JP Signing Centre (only operates in Level 1)

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There is a Justice of the Peace available for signing documents in the Rangiora and Kaiapoi libraries on Tuesdays. These free sessions are staffed by a roster of local JPs. Appointments are not necessary.

  • Rangiora library (meeting room) Tuesday 10 am - 1 pm.
  • Kaiapoi library (downstairs meeting room) Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm
  • New! Kaiapoi library (downstairs meeting room) Saturday 10 am - 12 pm
  • Oxford library Thursday 11 am - 1 pm

To find a JP outside these hours, see Find A JP.

Rangiora Newcomers Network  

The Rangiora Newcomers Network run drop-in sessions to welcome people who are new to the District on Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm.
To find out more about the Rangiora Newcomers Network, click here.


The Chamber Gallery within the Rangiora library and Art on the Quay in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre hold regular exhibitions, often with items for sale.

  • Chamber Gallery. Direction Brian Hoult 03 313 7558 email:
  • Art on the Quay . Manager Jackie Watson 03 312 6413
  • The Waimakariri Community Arts Council hold frequent concerts which make the most of the excellent acoustics in the Chamber Gallery. Follow our Facebook page for details.
  • The Kaiapoi District Historic Society run the museum located in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre. Opening hours the same as for the library.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library support the library with different events that are offered during the year such as author talks and Kidsfest events.

If you would like to join this group, please contact: Paula Eskett, Co-ordinator 03 311 8901,

Volunteering at the library

Much of our shelving of returned books is done by our team of library volunteers who give an hour or more once a week to help with this important job.
The library advertises at intervals when extra volunteers are required.