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Waitaki Multicultural Council

"Communities in Harmony"


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Waitaki Multicultural Council

Waitaki Newcomers Network

Stronger Waitaki


Physical Address: Abacus House, 102 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400
PO Box 528, Oamaru 9444
(03) 434 7544


    Chairperson: Maria Buldain
    Mobile: 021 066 5143

    Vice Chairperson: Robert Christiaan Roodnat

    Secretary: Socorro Laraga

    Treasurer: Kaliopeta Talanoa Palu


    Waitaki Newcomers Network &

    Migrant Support Coordinator: Paula Eatherley      
    Phone: 03 434 7544
    Mobile: 027 325 6151



    Administrator: Enrico Stephan




Birendra Datt
Tie Jian
Jessica Thomas
Shahin Shan

Life Members:
Sandra Tonkin
Cecilia Baxter
Inday Bungard 




About Waitaki

  • The Waitaki district, in the Canterbury and Otago regions of New Zealand, straddles the traditional border between the two regions, the Waitaki River.
  • It has a land area of 7,151.94 km² (2,761.38 sq mi), divided 59.28% to Canterbury Region and 40.72% to Otago Region.
  • It is the only district in the South Island that is divided between two regions. A major reason for this split was the governance of the Waitaki River which forms a political boundary between Canterbury and Otago. With major hydro schemes on this river, it was decided to place the entire catchment in one administrative region, thus forming the split. Some people who fall into the Canterbury Region of Waitaki District still regard themselves as part of Otago, and attempts have been made in the past to change the boundary.
  • The district, which is agricultural by nature, comprises the wide alluvial fan of the river, and runs inland along the banks of the river, this forming a roughly triangular region. Oamaru, on the Otago side of the river, is the largest town in the district, with a population of 22,308 (as at 2018).
  • The Waitaki District is made up of the former Waitaki County, Waihemo County and Oamaru Borough, which were merged in 1989. It is governed by the Waitaki District Council.
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