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2/02/2018 4:00 p.m.
Friday 2 February, 2018
cold brew is your cup of tea, there’s no better place to be than the Welcoming
Communities stall at Multi Cultural Bite.
Communities will be introduced to the community at the popular cultural event
on Waitangi Day with a free iced tea stand to help locals become better
connected with Ashburton’s steadily growing newcomers’ community.
and Selwyn District Councils have been chosen as one of five areas across the
country to pilot Welcoming Communities; a two-year programme initiated by
Immigration New Zealand. The campaign is designed to support local councils and
their communities to become even more welcoming to newcomers – whether they
have moved from overseas or are former refugees, international students, or
even Kiwis returning from overseas or relocating from elsewhere in New Zealand.
Communities encourages locals to lead welcoming activities, such as shared
workplace morning teas, potluck lunches, or simply inviting your neighbour over
for a cuppa.
a cuppa with someone is the universal sign of hospitality across the globe.
It’s so simple, but it can mean the world to someone new to the community.
Welcoming newcomers through sharing everyday activities helps build strong
community connections that have social, economic and cultural benefits for
everyone,” Ashburton District Council’s Community Relations Manager Vincie
annual Multi Cultural Bite event is a celebration of cultural diversity, where
people from different backgrounds prepare and share food from their home
country. New Zealand company Chanui has jumped on board to provide tea at the
Welcoming Communities stall and visitors will be able to have their photo taken
with a giant polaroid frame and tea set.
a privilege to be asked to pilot the Welcoming Communities programme, because
it recognises how welcoming we are in Ashburton. We pride ourselves on being
friendly, open, and good hosts to the new members of our community, but there
is always more we can do.”
workshops will be run in March for everyone in the district to have their say
in developing a local welcoming plan.
information, including the workshop dates, can be found on www.welcomingcommunitiescanterbury.com or on Facebook,