Heartland centres "provide ?one-stop shops? in rural areas where the local population may access a range of government and other related services. Heartland Services began in 2001 and there are now 28 rural centres around New Zealand, with two urban centres being developed for Christchurch and Auckland. The overall results of an evaluation of Heartland Services show that the initiative is working well, with rural New Zealanders? improved access to services owing much to improved interagency collaboration and the commitment and resourcefulness of local co-ordinators.
By Ministry of Social Development , Newzealand .