There is a Police service based in Dannevirke serving Dannevirke, Norsewood and Pongaroa, and a Police service based in Pahiatua serving Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna. Both stations come under the Central Region based in Palmerston North.
Justice and Courts
The Dannevirke Court has fortnightly court days - cases from Dannevirke are dealt with here; serious or urgent cases are heard in Palmerston North until remand date. Cases from Pahiatua and Woodville are filed in Palmerston North. Cases from Eketahuna are filed in Masterton.
Oranga Tamariki has an office and a team in Dannevirke managed from the Masterton office and under the Palmerston North region. Dannevirke workers service Norsewood, Dannevirke, Woodville and Pahiatua. Masterton workers service Eketahuna.
Work and Income
There is an office in Dannevirke and Pahiatua (from the Heartland Service Centre). Dannevirke is part of the Central Region and the regional office is in Palmerston North. Services in Dannevirke are provided Monday - Friday. While Pahiatua is serviced for four hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Eketahuna and Woodville areas are serviced once a month. Some clients in Eketahuna may be dealt with by the Masterton office due to its close proximity.
Accident Compensation Corporation
This is a telephone-only service from Palmerston North for all townships (except Eketahuna, which is serviced from Masterton).
Inland Revenue Department
All towns are serviced from Palmerston North. The IRD is available one afternoon a week in the Dannevirke REAP office.
District Health Board
MidCentral Health services the whole area except Norsewood, which comes under Central Hawkes Bay. There are ten beds available in Tararua attached to general practitioners. There is an ambulance service in each town and a heavy reliance on the rescue helicoper for serious situations because of the travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North Hospital.
REAP (Rural Education and Activity Programmes)
Tararua REAP is based in Dannevirke and services Norsewood, Dannevirke and Woodville. Wairararpa REAP services from the Manawatu Gorge, not including Woodville, east to Akitio and all areas south.
Rangitane o Tamaki nui a Rua
This is a Maori social service provider that provides a range of services throughout the Tararua District. It works under a kaupapa Maori framework but services are available to the whole community. Work is with individuals, whanau and groups. The counselling service is based in Dannevirke.