- Community Associations and Groups
- Community Connect
- Welcoming Communities
- Community Wellbeing
- Community Funding
- Community Research
- Energy Saving Tips
- Economic Development
- Emergency Management
- Event Planning and Venues
- Heritage, Arts and Culture
- Māori Community
- Population and Demand
- Venue Hire
Our progress towards a Welcome Plan
Each Welcoming Communities region develops their Welcome Plan and draws on the findings from their stocktake and benchmarking reports.
The Welcome Plan will meet the eight outcomes in the “Standard” and align with the unique characteristics of our district using a community-based approach. A successful Welcome Plan belongs to the community.
Stages of accreditation
We met the requirements to be accredited as a Committed Welcoming Community on 9 February 2022, having signed a Statement of Commitment on Tuesday 2 November 2021.
This is stage one of four accreditation levels within the Welcoming Communities programme which include – Committed, Established, Advanced and Excelling.
Why become accredited?
Accreditation as a Welcoming Community has a range of benefits, including:
showing community values and welcomes newcomers
helping to attract, support and retain newcomers
showing that council is part of an international welcoming network
providing councils with access to ongoing support, resources, knowledge sharing and networking in New Zealand and overseas
showcasing new and existing welcoming activities on a national and international stage
providing a way to assess and reflect on progress and to improve welcoming practices
celebrating success and a shared pride in positive outcomes for the community
fostering conversations in the community around valuing inclusion and diversity
To achieve the next level of accreditation, we need to demonstrate we are meeting the sub-outcomes as part of the Standard’s eight elements. These elements guide the programme and help determine what creates a welcoming community. A Welcoming Communities External Accreditation Assessment Panel will also conduct a review and a site visit.