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Friday 15 June, 2018
plan to make the Ashburton district an even more welcoming place through
building connections between newcomers and locals will begin rolling out in the
community, after the Ashburton District Council adopted the Ashburton District
Welcoming Plan: Whakatau mai ke te rōhe o Hakatere yesterday.
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.
Mayor Donna Favel says, “Making this plan official is a very exciting step for
our district. Communities that connect and actively include people from
different cultural backgrounds offer a greater quality of life for its
residents and help people reach their full potential. We want to continue
fostering the Ashburton district as a place of acceptance and inclusion, and
this Plan will help achieve that.”
between the community and Council, the plan outlines activities structured
around Immigration NZ’s Standard for the Welcoming Communities programme:
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.
Welcoming Plan affirms our Council and the district’s commitment to work as
one. Like our existing community, newcomers settling in our district are an
asset. They are innovative, entrepreneurial, skilled and are needed here, and –
just like us, they want to be connected to their communities.”
together with Selwyn District Council is one of five areas across the country
selected by Immigration NZ to pilot the Welcoming Communities programme. The
Council hosted several community workshops throughout March to gather ideas
from people and groups in the community to go in the Plan, and an online survey
was also available.
view the Ashburton District Welcoming Plan, visit www.welcomingcommunitiescanterbury.com or connect with the
initiative on Facebook @WelcomingCommunitiesAshburtonDistrict.