Welcoming Communities

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Welcoming Communities / Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori is a new two-year programme that brings together local government and community leaders to make the places we love more welcoming for everyone.

This is an invitation to help shape this new initiative by providing feedback on the draft Welcoming Communities Standard by Friday 22 September 2017. This is the standard against which local councils will be assessed in order to be accredited as a ‘Welcoming Community’.

Nine local councils in five regions are working with their communities to pilot Welcoming Communities over the next two years. They are putting out the welcome mat to all newcomers: recent migrants, former refugees and international students. Previous settlement initiatives have tended to focus on supporting newcomers, whereas Welcoming Communities actively seeks to mobilise and involve existing residents in welcoming activities. This new approach creates bridges between newcomers and locals.

The standard is a key component of the programme. A council piloting the programme can opt to become accredited as a ‘Welcoming Community’ by meeting the outcomes-based standard. The standard provides councils and communities with a benchmark for what a successful welcoming community looks like.

They need your feedback on the draft standard before it is finalised for use by the pilot councils later this year. If you want to find out more about Welcoming Communities, or you wish to download the standard then please click on the links provided. If you wish to provide your organisation’s feedback on the standard please use this link.

The Office of Ethnic Communities encourage you to have your say on the standard and to invite others in your networks to do the same.

Please contact welcomingcommunities@mbie.govt.nz if you have any queries on the consultation process.