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Welcoming Communities

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.

Welcoming Communities - Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori

Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are taking part in a two-year pilot programme called Welcoming Communities. The programme is an initiative of Immigration New Zealand, in partnership with the office of Ethnic Communities and the NZ Human Rights Commission.  

The programme recognises that a strong and vibrant community is one that enables all of its members to participate in its economic, civic and social life, and where everyone feels included, has a sense of belonging, and opportunities to succeed.

Welcoming Communities aims to increase awareness of the positive social, economic and cultural benefits of diversity in our region which in turn makes our community more welcoming for newcomers.

We are one of nine councils chosen to participate in the pilot.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Welcoming Communities Standard

The national Welcoming Communities Standard provides a benchmark for what a successful welcoming community looks like. There are eight key outcome areas vital to creating a welcoming and inclusive city. 

Welcoming Communities Standard (3mb pdf)

Get involved

We are developing a Welcoming Plan in partnership with Western Bay of Plenty District Council, local community groups, tangata whenua, education providers, the business sector and local government agencies.

Contact our Welcoming Communities coordinator, Haidee Kalirai on 027 280 3341 for more information

Related links

Volunteering Bay of Plenty – volunteer with a community organisation in your area.
The Office of Ethnic Communities – telephone interpreting, community directory, events etc.
Citizens Advice Bureau (Migrant Connect) – independent, confidential and free information and advocacy service.
Citizens Advice Bureau (Language Connect) – free multi-lingual service providing information and advocacy on a wide range of issues including immigration, employment, housing, income support, education, health and wellbeing and much more.
Human Rights Commission – promotion and protection of the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Advocating for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.
NZ Now – your guide to living and working in NZ.
Multicultural Tauranga – offers settlement support services and organises a number of multicultural events.

Last Reviewed: 09/03/2018

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