Find a residents' group
This database is the authority on residents' associations, progressive associations, community councils, ratepayers associations and similar organisations in New Zealand. You can search here by region, town, or name. In addition you can add your own group to the database or update it if it's already on there. With over 1,000 groups listed, the National Residents' Associations Database is the best way to connect into Kiwi communities.
Register a residents' group
It's easy! Simply download this form, complete it, and return it to us. The postal and email addresses are on the form and it's free.
What is a residents' group?
There are three main types of residents' group in New Zealand, covering much of the country. The type people come across the most deal with community matters. Other types can be found in rest homes or university residencies, or as part of housing developments. You can find out more about residents' groups both here and overseas by clicking here.
Hot websites for residents' groups
Insurance Watch - A group that is researching the way NZ insurance companies treat home-owners.
Local Me - The place to go to find out and talk about anything that is local to you.
Larry Mitchell - Larry has undertaken research into the financial performance of local authorities in New Zealand for the past decade. Of particular relevance to residents' groups are the "Base Stats with Trendz" reports.
History of Residents' Associations
How long have we had residents' groups in this country?
Where did they start? How have they changed?
Did you know the first residents' group in New Zealand didn't let women join?
Delve further into the history of residents' groups in Aotearoa New Zealand by following this link.
We collect and collate a selection of news stories featuring residents' groups from around the country in our news section.
From time-to-time we are featuring articles and opinion-pieces about points of interest to the community governance sector. Click here to read about the demise of democracy in Canterbury, by former Chair of ECAN Sir Kerry Burke.
About the NRAD project
The National Residents' Associations Database (NRAD) project was an initiative of the New Zealand Resilience Trust. Since 2008 the project has been gathering names and contact details of residents' groups from around the country, building networks via the World Wide Web and regional fora, and undertaking research on the community governance sector.
Resources for the Community Governance sector
Are you currently on the committee of a residents' group, or perhaps thinking about starting one in your community? Visit our resources page and arm yourself with helpful tools and templates. You'll find lots of useful information from marketing to volunteer management covered. Visit now by clicking here.