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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.

We are committed to embracing the city’s cultural diversity and to building and strengthening a cohesive and culturally connected community.

Western Bay of Plenty Calendar of Cultural Events (1mb pdf)

Snapshot of Tauranga’s cultural diversity

  • 83.5% of people in Tauranga belong to the European ethnic group.
  • 19.7% of Tauranga’s population was born overseas.
  • 17.1% of the population identify as Maori.
  • 5.6% of the population identify as Asian.
  • 2.4% of the population identify as Pacific peoples.

Proportion of new migrants coming to the Bay of Plenty:

  • 45% Asia
  • 20% UK and Ireland
  • 10% Australia.

Top languages spoken: French, German, Hindi, Afrikaans, Spanish, Korean, Filipino and Samoan

Source: Census 2013

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 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 has opportunities to succeed.

Read more about the Welcoming Communities programme on Immigration New Zealand’s website.

Western Bay of Plenty Welcoming Plan 2018-2023

The New Zealand Welcoming Communities Standard provides a benchmark for what a successful welcoming community looks like. 

Welcoming Communities Standard (3mb pdf)

We have developed our Western Bay of Plenty Welcoming Plan where council and community partner to deliver welcoming initiatives 

Welcoming Plan 2018-2023 (1mb pdf) Welcoming Communities Action Plan 2018 – 2020 (4mb pdf)

For more information please contact Community Development Advisor: Welcoming Communities Haidee Kalirai.


Related links

  • NZ Now – your guide to living and working in NZ.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (Migrant Connect) – independent, confidential and free information, and advocacy service.
  • Multicultural Tauranga – settlement support services, including operating the Bay of Plenty Interpreting Service and organising a number of multicultural events.
  • InfoNOW…in your language – a free multi-lingual telephone service providing information to migrants settling in New Zealand.
  • Volunteering Bay of Plenty – volunteer with a community organisation in your area.
  • Office of Ethnic Communities – telephone interpreting, community directory, events etc.
  • 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.
  • Student voice - an initiative of Education Tauranga – sharing the journeys and stories of international students in our region.
  • Wish you were working here - an initiative of Priority One – sharing stories and advice from returned Kiwi expats, New Zealanders who have moved from other cities to Tauranga, and immigrants who have chosen to call Tauranga home.

Last Reviewed: 30/04/2019


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