Unity in diversity
kotahitanga i roto i te kanorau

About Multicultural Nelson Tasman

Unity in Diversity

Multicultural Nelson Tasman is a non-government organisation which supports migrants, former refugees and people from minority ethnicities in the Nelson Tasman region with their settlement process. It promotes positive race relations through community education, ensuring people of all ethnicities feel empowered so that they can actively contribute to our community. Cultural Diversity enriches our society and provides opportunities for economic growth, community development and international relationships.

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Our Governance

Mishra Sanat Kailashnarain

Mishra Sanat Kailashnarain

Chairperson

Brings management experience of over two decades. Believes in diversity of stakeholders, involving members of all cultural groups as equal partners reflecting commitment to the empowerment of all people.

Melanie McColgan

Melanie McColgan

Secretary

46 years old from Bluff - Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe & Waitah;
Environmental Monitoring - Freshwater Educator
Has one daughter Ruby Vidgen. Resides in Te Tau Ihu for 26 yrs.

Mike McMellon

Mike McMellon

Treasurer

Partner at Pitt & Moore and leads Immigration Team. A recognised expert in the immigration space with lawyers and licensed immigration advisers referring their difficult cases to him. Clients appreciate his personable style providing reliable, confidential advice with a strong service ethic

Clare Scott

Clare Scott

Manager

Clare come from Detroit and has a diverse background in education, health and well-being, languages and intercultural awareness. She has qualifications and experience in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Peace Studies, English language teaching and small business management, and is working on a Masters degree in Social Work. Clare deeply believes that you do not work FOR people, you work WITH them—regardless of where they are from. Instead of seeing lines between different ethnicities, she celebrates people from around the world as one community that can learn from and help each other. She brings to her work the belief each person has a special set of experience, knowledge and skills that can make our society more vibrant, interesting and multifaceted. Clare has also traveled extensively and worked overseas for several years, and speaks French, conversational Spanish and Arabic.

In her home life, Clare is married to a Kiwi and has three lovely kids. She values family and community, and loves working on local community projects, looking after the environment, supporting sustainable transport, gardening, cooking and keeping fit.

Sandra Hunter

Sandra Hunter

Accounts Manager

Managed my own book keeping business, Astra Accounting Services Ltd since 2011 and have been managing the bookkeeping for Multicultural Nelson Tasman since 2016. Enjoy working with people from a variety of back grounds and businesses and love helping people keep track of their finances. I believe in letting people get on with what they do best, leaving me to do what I do best, which is making everything add up!

Ruby Vidgen

Ruby Vidgen

Committee Member

Year 12 Nayland College student. Passionate about small groups of people making big change. Strong sense of justice which has led me to becoming a part of many amazing communities with great opportunities. Excited to be a part of the multicultural council because I believe everyone deserves to feel as though they belong somewhere and are welcome in the community they choose

Mishra Krutika

Mishra Krutika

Committee Member

Year 12 student of Nelson College for Girls. Highly inspired by my elder sister (Punyatoya’s) thoughts, “to give back to the community is valuable in itself.” Very enthusiastic and creative person, eager to gain valuable life experiences and skills, meet interesting people, get involved and try to make difference.

History

Founding members

20th Anniversary

Founding members of Multicultural Nelson Tasman: Dr. Siri Wettasinghe, Mrs. Soma Wettasinghe, Mrs. Penny Molnar, Mr. Hein Kolff, Mrs. Marie Johnstone and Mrs. Margaret Belton celebrating 20 years since the founding of the Multicultural Nelson Tasman (formerly known as Nelson Multi-Ethnic Council and Nelson Multicultural Council) – 23rd November 2013. Governor-General Anand Satyan and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres present the NZ Diversity Action award to Evey McAuliffe August

 

 


25th Korean Community 125th Anniversary

November 2018 marked the 25th Anniversary of Multicultural Nelson Tasman.  Many original founders, honorary guests, dignitaries, agencies and the wide public graced this occasion with wonderful stories, entertainment and food.  MNT's significant contribution to the region in fostering peace, celebrating cultural diversity and understanding of cultures will undoubtedly lead to a harmonious society.  MNT thanks everyone for their contribution in making Nelson/Tasman a better place to live. 

 

Annual Reports

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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