Ashburton District Council's workforce is increasingly becoming a mini United Nations, with 10 nationalities representing 14 different ethnic groups now making up its 135 staff.
A quarter of Council staff were born overseas, including people from Australia, Chile, China, India, Malaysia, Palestine, the Philippines, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Sarah Mosley, Manager – People and Capability, says "the range of nationalities we have at Council shows we are a workplace that welcomes and values cultural diversity."
She says the skills the organisation requires means there is a need to recruit talented people from near and far in order to find the right people with the right skills and expertise.
"We currently have more than 1000 people - from New Zealand and throughout the world – registered on our website who can receive job alerts for opportunities at Council," she says.
Ms Mosley also says the way Council recruits its staff mirrors trends happening in the wider Ashburton district.
"Other organisations in the district promote job opportunities to both local and international candidates in order to make sure they get the best person for the job."
"With this approach to recruitment set to continue at Council, we expect the trend towards a more multi-cultural workforce to continue in the future." she says.