The Waikato District Health Board and Counties-Manukau District Health Board manage public health services in the Waikato district. A wide range of services is available, ranging from primary services to advanced specialty services of world-class standard. Most primary health care services are based around medical centres and general practices where doctors, practice nurses and other health professionals work. Primary health care covers a broad range of health and preventative services, including:
- - assessment and treatment, including referral to other services
- - prescribing medications
- - health education and advice
- - counselling
- - immunisations and vaccinations
- - health screening e.g. cervical smears.
Hospital and specialist health services are mostly based in Hamilton and South Auckland, within driving distance of Waikato district. Other medical services available in the district include dental, maternity care, care of the elderly, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical. There is also a range of alternative health care providers.
After-hours and emergency services are available at clinics in Hamilton and South Auckland. Waikato and Auckland provide an air ambulance service.
Download our health fact sheet for more information. Health (140kb)
Social Services Providers
Ministry of Social Development
The Ministry of Social Development is all about helping to build successful individuals, and in turn building strong, healthy families and communities.
The Ministry provides:
- - care and protection of vulnerable children and young people
- - employment, income support and superannuation services
- - funding to community service providers
- - social policy and advice to government
- - student allowances and loans.
For more see www.msd.govt.nz
Child, Youth and Family
Child, Youth and Family is the government agency that has legal powers to intervene to protect and help children who are being abused or neglected or who have problem behaviour.
For more see www.cyf.govt.nz
Family and Community Services
Family and Community Services leads and co-ordinates services and programmes to support families.
For more see www.familyservices.govt.nz
Work and Income
Work and Income provides income support and employment services throughout New Zealand. It offers a single point of contact for New Zealanders needing help to find a job, income support and in-work support.
For more see: www.workandincome.govt.nz
New Zealand Superannuation
This is a fortnightly payment for people aged 65 and over. To receive New Zealand Superannuation you must:
- - be aged 65 or over
- - be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- - normally live in New Zealand at the time you apply.
You must also have lived in New Zealand for at least 10 years since you turned 20. Five of those years must be since you turned 50. Time spent overseas in certain countries and for certain reasons may be counted for New Zealand Superannuation.
For more see www.workandincome.govt.nz
Students, Seniors and Integrity Services
Go to www.msd.govt.nz
Administers Student Allowances, Student Loans and Unemployment Benefit Student Hardship.
For more see www.studylink.govt.nz
A free discounts and concessions card available to New Zealand residents who are aged 65 years or over, and those under 65 years receiving New Zealand Superannuation or the Veteran's Pension.
For more see www.supergold.govt.nz
Delivers services such as assessment and payment of pensions to people who come to New Zealand from overseas, and assists New Zealanders who leave the country to obtain benefits and pensions overseas. International Services is also involved in negotiating social security agreements with other countries.
For more see www.workandincome.govt.nz
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
ACC supports people who have been injured by helping them get back to work and everyday life as soon as possible. ACC also works to help prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
For more see www.acc.co.nz
Employees who are having a baby can apply for parental leave. If two spouses/partners assume the care of a child under six years that they intend to jointly adopt, they can nominate which of them is primarily eligible for parental leave. You are eligible for parental leave if you have worked for the same employer for an average of at least 10 hours a week, and at least one hour in every week or 40 hours in every month, in the six or 12 months immediately before the baby’s expected due date or the date you have assumed the care of a child you intend to adopt.
Parental leave of 14 continuous weeks may start up to six weeks before the expected date of birth or adoption. If you plan to take parental leave, you must write to your employer at least three months before your expected date of birth.
For more see www.employment.govt.nz
Download our social services fact sheet for more information. Social Services (258kb)