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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 www.welcomingcommunitiescanterbury.com or connect with the initiative on Facebook