• International connections

    Image of Candy Wu Zhang - Sister Cities Panellist - Image courtesy of NZ Herald

    Sister Cities New Zealand is a national organisation established to promote peace by fostering exchanges between cities in New Zealand and abroad. It aims to facilitate cultural understanding, stimulate economic development and strengthen partnerships between New Zealanders, migrants and international communities.

  • Ashburton: A most Welcoming Community

    New Zealand memorabilia

    On 11 July, the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the launch of Ashburton District Council’s Welcoming Plan - Whakatau mai ki te rōhe o Hakatere.

    The Welcoming 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 New Zealand’s standard for welcoming communities focusing on: inclusive leadership; welcoming communications; equitable access; connected and inclusive communities; economic development; business and employment; civic engagement and participation; welcoming public spaces; and culture and identity.

  • Former Afghan Interpreters given New Zealand Citizenship

    The Council’s Kaumatua, Tame Pokaia, speaks at Kirikiriroa Marae during the Pōwhiri which preceded the Citizenship Ceremony

    On 22 June, 68 former Afghan interpreters and their families became New Zealand citizens at a very special ceremony at Kirikiriroa Marae, Hamilton.

    Over 200 people attended, including family, friends, Hamilton Mayor Andrew King, members of the New Zealand’s Defence and Police forces, local Iwi and city officials.