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8 New Councils In Welcoming Communities Family In New Zealand

8 New Councils In Welcoming Communities Family In New Zealand

A settlement programme that helps local councils and their communities welcome recent migrants, former refugees, and foreign students, INZ has announced the addition of eight additional councils to its family of Welcoming Communities.

The Welcoming Communities programme has reached a significant milestone, which Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is happy to announce.

The programme, which aims to create inclusive environments where all residents can thrive and belong, is expanding to include eight new councils.

The initiative now includes the councils of Napier City, Rotorua Lakes District, Upper Hutt City, Marlborough District, Waitaki District, Westland District, South Wairarapa District, and Hurunui District. They joined the programme when the three Councils did so in the first half of 2022.

The general manager of Refugee and Migrant Services INZ, Fiona Whiteridge, is honoured to be a part of this significant family.

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"We value the energy and inspiration from Councils around the country to take part in such a critical undertaking that began quite a while back. The Welcoming Communities drive as of now has 26 Councils taking an interest.

Currently, 38% of municipal and district councils nationwide are dedicated to making their neighbourhoods more friendly to everybody. 14 Councils, or roughly 60%, are participating in the South Island.

Mayor John Leggett of the Marlborough District Council claims that the diversity of the Marlborough area has increased over the past few decades and that joining the Welcoming Communities Initiative is a step in the right direction toward uniting our community in recognising and welcoming all newcomers.

"People selecting Marlborough as their destination to live and work continue to enhance the local economy in addition to socially enhancing our town. Along with our important partners and citizens, I am pleased to welcome newcomers to our city. I look forward to maintaining a friendly, secure atmosphere that gives newcomers a feeling of belonging, said Mayor Leggett.

Mayor of the Hurunui District Council Marie Black is overjoyed that her organisation is a part of the Welcoming Communities Program.

"A culturally diverse neighbourhood offers a new viewpoint and vibrance that is greatly appreciated. We value making sure that all arrivals who decide to stay feel comfortable, supported, and at home in our city, says Mayor Black.

In the future stages, INZ will assist the new participants in meeting the criteria necessary to receive official Welcoming Communities accreditation.

As indicated by Ms Whiteridge, "This program is a remarkably imperative instrument for creating sound and incorporated networks, for causing newcomers to feel included no matter what their experience, so everybody might succeed."

More information about the accrediting programme:

With the help of Welcoming Communities, councils and their neighbourhoods may foster hospitable settings for newcomers, particularly recent immigrants, displaced persons, and foreign students.

Locals are involved in the program's development, execution, and participation is welcome events. This strategy fosters social interaction and offers chances to form new relationships.

Participating councils get support from Immigration New Zealand in the form of funds, materials, accreditation, best practice information, networking opportunities, program assessment, and assistance.

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