Plan to make district more welcoming launched

11/07/2018 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11 July, 2018

A classic kiwi afternoon tea, complete with hay bales and retro teapots, has helped launch the Welcoming Communities Ashburton District Welcoming Plan - Whakatau mai ki te rōhe o Hakatere.

The Plan, which aims to encourage local communities to take a greater leadership role through inclusive activities and initiatives has been developed as part of the Immigration New Zealand led pilot programme, Welcoming Communities.

Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says the launch party had a distinct, grassroots flavour that paired well with the nature of the work about to be undertaken by the community.

I’d like to offer my congratulations to all involved with the development of the Welcoming Plan. It is important we all get involved where we can to help newcomers feel connected and included here. Kiwi culture is hospitable and I hope as many people as possible will jump on board to help welcome our new whanau to the district over the coming years.”

Other guests at the event included Members of Parliament Andrew Falloon and Jo Luxton, and Mackenzie Mayor Graham Smith. There were also performances from Hampstead School’s Kapa Haka group, Filipino Dairy Workers NZ president Earl Magtibay, and Nepalese dancers.

The plan was created to encourage local communities to take a greater leadership role in helping newcomers to settle in their new home. The activities are structured around Immigration NZ’s Standard for the Welcoming Communities programme focusing on Inclusive Leadership; Welcoming Communications; Equitable Access; Connected and Inclusive; Economic Development; Business and Employment; Civic Engagement and Participation; Welcoming Public Spaces; and Culture and Identity.

Ashburton, together with Selwyn District Council, is one of five areas across the country that has been selected by Immigration NZ to pilot the Welcoming Communities programme. The initiative is designed to support local councils and their communities to be even more welcoming to newcomers.

The Welcoming Plan was adopted by Council on June 14. To view the Ashburton District Welcoming Plan, visit or connect with the initiative on Facebook @WelcomingCommunitiesAshburtonDistrict​​​​

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