Awards for Recognition of Services to Migrants in our Community
Tauranga City Council welcomes migrants to the Bay of Plenty and to New Zealand, and is committed to seeing migrants settled and integrated successfully into their new lives in the Bay.
About the awards
The awards recognise individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to migrants in a voluntary capacity, and highlight how volunteers help migrants actively participate in their new home country.
Carol Andersen was recognised for her impact on the lives of countless migrants across the region. The effect Carol has had on the range of agencies, organisations and services provided to migrants has been inspirational.
Carol has worked for years as Settlement Coordinator and has put extraordinary hours into voluntarily helping to teach, support and advocate for the Migrant community. Carol trained to be a volunteer ESOL Home Tutor, has participated on the Board of English Language Partners, and has always given her time willingly and enthusiastically.
Carol instigated and chaired the Migrant Support Networking group to bring together agencies and organisations on a regular basis to share information and ideas, which serve to improve social cohesion.
Carol’s inclusive approach has resulted in the network having organisations like both Councils and the BOP DHB amongst its members, resulting in greater community engagement with the needs of the ethnic communities.
Ann Karewaro was recognised for her ongoing support and involvement with Multicultural Tauranga over the past ten years.
Ann served on the executive for the past nine years, having served as both Secretary and Treasurer and providing unwavering support to others on the committee. All of Ann’s work has been done in a voluntary capacity, with the desire to help Multicultural Tauranga succeed and continue to provide a wonderful service to the community.
Ann helped produce the organisation newsletter, helped with the Multicultural Festival and hosted a ‘living in harmony’ event highlighting the contribution our United Kingdom residents have made to the city. Ann volunteered to take on the role of President this year at a time when no other suitable candidate put their hand up.
Migrants who choose the Bay as their new home are very lucky to have the support, encouragement and advice of Ann and her colleagues at Multicultural Tauranga.
Catherine Sellman was recognised for her longstanding and tireless efforts in initiating English language classes for various migrants and long-term visitors within the regions. The value provided in helping migrants learn English, along with improving their ability to socialise and interact positively with the local community has been invaluable.
Catherine recruited a great team of volunteers to provide participants with small group learning environments, enabling the accommodation of different levels of learning and capability.
Following her own personal struggle to learn a new language in another country, Catherine returned to New Zealand where she began running classes for migrants at a church in Auckland before settling in Tauranga. Catherine has demonstrated empathy, friendship and extensive support to migrants she has served and befriending during her work over the past 14 years.
Tauranga Regional Ethnic Council president Ewa Fenn was recognised at the 2015 awards for her work in setting up a migrant centre with appropriate premises and services for newcomers to the Western Bay of Plenty region.
Phillippa Cairns was recognised for her exceptional work through the English Language Partners New Zealand at the 2014 awards.
For any queries regarding welcoming migrants to our community, please contact Dani Jurgeleit on 07 577 7000.
Last Reviewed: 02/03/2017