Tuesday, 14 June 2022
Hui an important milestone in welcoming newcomers to Queenstown Lakes District
Over 130 people attended a Welcoming Communities Hui at Queenstown Event Centre last Thursday 9 June.
Over 130 people attended a Welcoming Communities Hui at Queenstown Event Centre last Thursday (9 June) including iwi, newcomer group representatives, and key stakeholder managers and leaders along with Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) elected members and staff.
The group came together to listen, learn about and share ways to support newcomers to feel welcome and able to participate in the economic, civic, cultural and social life of the district.
QLDC Welcoming Communities Coordinator Silvia Dancose thanked all the wonderful folk who made time to take part.
“It was fabulous to see people come together to mingle and get to know each other, from our migrant community group leaders to organisations like Red Cross and NZ Police. The positive energy and willingness to connect, along with the support for the Welcoming Communities programme itself made for a very special evening,” she said.
Local kaumātua Darren Rewi opened the hui with a karakia followed by a welcome from Mayor Jim Boult and presentations from Immigration New Zealand and QLDC. The group broke for kai before settling into world café-style group discussions around the eight outcome areas of the Welcoming Communities initiative. These include how to support new residents from elsewhere in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the world with business and employment, civic engagement and participation, creating welcoming public spaces, equitable access to services, culture and identity and welcoming communications.
Mayor Boult was thrilled to see such a high turnout and to formally recognise QLDC’s commitment to the Welcoming Communities Programme.
“I’ve long said that the richness and diversity of our communities are our strength. To see so many ethnicities that share a passion for this district join together in one room to share ideas and experiences was a reflection of how true that is,” he said.
QLDC Community Partnerships Manager Marie Day said the hui marked an important stepping stone in the Welcoming Communities Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori local programme.
“The ideas gathered from this event will feed into an initial community stocktake, which will include considerations such as how council services can better meet the needs of everyone in our community and how we can improve connections. It is a joint initiative, working with our communities to develop a Welcome Plan that reflects the unique characteristics of our place,” she said.
Silvia also highlighted the hui being a great opportunity to launch a Māori, Pasifika and Newcomer Profile booklet, another component of the Welcoming Communities programme.
“I was very proud to present our first edition of a collection of profiles, showcasing the cultural diversity that adds character to our community. I’m delighted to share this work with the 21 community groups we collaborated with over the past three months and with our wider community,” she said.
“These profiles offer a snapshot of each group, providing an insight to how each was established and operates, their membership, and all the wonderful events and activities they’re involved in. There are also details on how to connect with each group and find out more information.”
“We encourage those in the wider community to reach out to discover more, make connections and welcome newcomers to the district we share,” Silvia said.
Anyone keen to take a look at the booklet can visit the Council’s website at www.qldc.govt.nz/welcoming-communities.
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FURTHER INFORMATION | Kā pāroko tāpiri:
A full list of organisations that attended the hui can be found at the end of this section.
Welcoming Communities Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori programme is a government funded initiative led by Immigration New Zealand in partnership with the Office of Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission.
To find out more about Immigration NZ’s Welcoming Communities programme visit: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/what-we-do/welcoming-communities/what-is-welcoming-communities
To find out more specifically about QLDC’s involvement in the Welcoming Communities programme visit: www.qldc.govt.nz/welcoming-communities
QLDC media advisory, 29 April 2022; ‘Local champions invited to join Welcoming Communities Advisory Group’: www.qldc.govt.nz/2022/april/22-04-29-local-champions-invited-to-join-welcoming-communities-advisory-group
QLDC media advisory, 10 March 2022; ‘QLDC achieves accreditation as a committed welcoming community’: www.qldc.govt.nz/2022/march/22-03-10-qldc-achieves-accreditation-as-a-committed-welcoming-community
QLDC media advisory, 3 November 2021; ‘A welcoming place for all’: www.qldc.govt.nz/2021/november-2021/21-11-3-a-welcoming-place-for-all
List of organisations that attended the Welcoming Communities Hui
Central Lakes Family Services
Wakatipu Presbyterian Church – Global Community
Wakatipu High School
Southern Wellbeing Trust
Shaping our Future
Immigration New Zealand
Business South (Regional Business Partners)
Ministry of Social Development
Citizens Advice Bureau
Southern Institute of Technology Queenstown
New Zealand Police
Turn Up The Music
Queenstown Baha'i Community
Youth With a Mission (YWAM)
The Tuia Programme (Mayors Taskforce)
NZ Red Cross
English Language Partners NZ
Southern District Health Board
Kuma Southern Māori Business Network
Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust
Queenstown Resort College/Study Queenstown
Wakatipu Youth Trust
Chinese Methodist Church
Ngā Manu Hou o Whakatipu
The Kiwi Kit Community Trust
Queenstown Association of Migrant Pinoys Inc.
Latinos for New Zealand
Central Otago Tongan Community
Queenstown Fijian Community Trust
Bhartiya Samaj Queenstown
Czech and Slovak Club Queenstown
Queenstown Malaysian/Singaporean/Bruneian Group
Queenstown Nepalese Community
Japanese Family Society of Queenstown
Queenstown Islamic Centre
Korean Association of Queenstown
Chinese Community Queenstown Lakes
Ikatan Masyarakat Indonesia di Queenstown
Maz Islamic Education Centre
Queenstown Indian Community
Sri Lankan Association Queenstown
Multi-Ethnic Dunedin Council/Arasan NZ Trust
South African Representative
Queenstown Lakes District Council and Elected Members