• Celebrating Race Relations Day and flourishing ethnic diversity in Porirua

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    On Thursday 23 March a Race Relations event was hosted at Pataka – Porirua’s art gallery, museum and library precinct – to celebrate the newly established relationship between Multicultural Council Wellington and Porirua City Council.

  • The Hidden Multicultural History of Christchurch

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    Discussion with respected academic, Dorothy McMenamin has led to an interesting historical gem about one of Christchurch’s most upmarket suburbs, Cashmere. Cashmere was named after Kashmir in India and is closely linked to Christchurch’s Indian community.  13 Indians and 4 Anglo Indians (plus an Arabian stallion) travelled with John Croft a former judge in British India, to Christchurch in 1854.  The Judge built the Old Stone House in Cashmere in 1870. The remains of the house were demolished post-quake but repairs are due for completion later this year and will be marked by a remembrance plaque and documentary if funds can be found.

  • 8th Regional Refugee Forum Christchurch

    OEC Senior Advisor, Deborah Lam attended the 8th annual regional refugee forum in Christchurch hosted by the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre.

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