Just a short end-of-year newsletter, to wish everyone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holidays - in whichever way you, and those close to you, choose to celebrate this time of year.
It has certainly been a busy and challenging 2022 - starting off shakily with Covid19 causing the cancellations of our much loved annual festivals, but we were thrilled to be able to hold the Multicultural Football Tournament in March, and look forward to adding a cricket day to the calendar in 2023.
As things have (sort of) returned to normal, we've enjoyed meeting in-person once again and scheduling things that will likely go ahead! 2022 also saw us escalate activities and community education around anti-racism (including developing a local Tauiwi Tautoko cohort thanks to funding from Internet New Zealand) and we look forward to our second anti-racism and allyship workshop on February 25th.
Thanks to resources recently secured from the new Te Korowai Whetu Social Cohesion fund from MSD, in 2023 - we also anticipate holding the well-established "Tangata Tiriti - Treaty People" workshops - which aim to help migrants and refugees understand more about Te Tiriti O Waitangi - introducing them to contemporary debate and constitutional issues - in order to help them reflect on their unique place as treaty partners.
Last but not least, reflecting back on the latter part of 2022 it was wonderful to see our many diverse communities celebrating their own events and festivals with such vigor again, and we look forward to this continuing. On this note, MNT has enjoyed assisting Nelson City Council to reach and support smaller communities this year through administration of The Neighbourhood Project Grant. These $500 grants are available for projects that build stronger communities, increase social cohesion and connectivity and build resilience. Get in touch with us if you'd like to know more.
Meri Kirihimete and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and enjoy your holidays.
The Team at Multicultural Nelson Tasman.
MULTICULTURAL NELSON TASMAN NEWS
Kai and KÅrero - Moroccan Cuisine
Thanks to Latifa for her wonderful Kai and Korero which was our last session for the year. We hope everyone enjoyed making Harira, the traditional Moroccan soup and the Msemmens. The Moroccan mint tea was amazing too.
Thanks to The Food Factory Nelson and everyone who attended the event for your support to our multicultural communities.
We hope to do more of these events next year.
Multicultural Womens' Walk
As part of the âStep Into Springâ event, together with the Nelson Women's Centre we organised a beautiful walk at Isel Park at the very end of October. It was great to connect with a group of diverse wahine, enjoy the lovely spring flowers and share some kai.
If you are keen to join a Multicultural walking group, please feel to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to new Police + Hate Crime Programme Workshop
In late November, an event was held with Police to welcome the new Tasman District Commander, Superintendent Tracey Thompson and the new Ethnic Liaison Officer for Tasman, Constable David Cogger.
Community representatives and stakeholders had had a chance to meet the new post holders over a light lunch before hearing from the national Police team representatives working on Te Raranga - The Weave, Hate Crime Programme.
Parenting Information Workshop # 2
Another successful parenting information workshop aimed at those from refugee communities was held on November 5 at Victory Community Centre. Following on from a similar workshop held earlier in the year, this workshop was focused on parenting children aged 0-5 years.
Information sessions were given by service providers including: Family Start, Plunket, Brainwave Trust, Barnardos, Sabien Blazek (AOD clinician) and Nicky Cooper (First 1000 Days). There was a great turnout and four interpreters ensured that everyone could understand the valuable content and resources.
Registrations for Multicultural Festival and Tasman Asian Night Food Fair (TANFF) 2023 are Now Open! .
Tasman Asian Night Food Fair
We are now accepting registrations for performers for TANFF.
Join the "Meet and Greet for Volunteers" on Tuesday, 24 January 2023 from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at Multicultural Nelson Tasman, Unit 3, 63 Collingwood Street, Nelson.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you are keen to attend and we can discuss any further information about our volunteering opportunities.
Summer Events lined up for 2023 are:
Tasman Asian Night Food Fair (TANFF) - 11 February 2023- 4 pm to 9 pm -Washbourn Gardens, Richmond
Multicultural Cricket Day - 12 March 2023 - Victory Square, Nelson
Multicultural Football Tournament - 18 and 19 March 2023 - Neale Park, Nelson
Multicultural Festival - 19 March 2023 - Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
and there will be many more events coming up as well.
- MULTICULTURAL YOUTH NELSON TASMAN -
MYNTies at Spirited Conversations!
MYNTies were invited to give a talk in October for Spirited Conversations at Yaza Cafe. They talked about their mission to empower young people - sharing their passion for achieving acceptance for all, and unity in diversity. If you'd like to hear their session, you can tune into the Spirited Conversations podcast on Fresh FM here.
Group bonding and final catch up
It was great to catch up with all the MYNTies with an amazing group bonding session last week. We went to the Action Centre in Richmond and played bowling and enjoyed it so much. We discussed the year in review and brainstormed some project ideas for the new year and we hope to deliver more exciting projects and make our youth group more welcoming and inclusive to all young people in Nelson.
We are recruiting new members for MYNT!
Do you want to empower other young people to thrive in an environment of diversity, unity and acceptance? Do you want to help us make Nelson Tasman a paradise of unity? Do you have children that would like to get involved with the MYNTies? Get in touch with us if you require more information or want to join the group! Thanks to Nelson City Council for funding the Multicultural Youth Nelson Tasman.
- NELSON TASMAN -
"Knock" screens in Nelson
The Bhutanese community of Nelson proudly screened their new Nepali short film "Knock" in early December at the Suter Theatre.
More than 100 people turned out for the Nelson premiere of the film, which gives important messages about issues facing the community - such as pressures facing youth and trying to balance social and cultural issues. Community leader Bhoj Subba said feedback had been excellent and people were hoping more screenings would be offered in the future. You can view the trailer here.
Talking about Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa...
Professor James Liu from Massey University visited Nelson in November and presented a wonderful session for Nelson City Council staff and other interested members of the public on the topic of "Navigating Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand". If you missed his session at the Suter Theatre, you can find a recording here.
We always appreciate your help
Multicultural Nelson Tasman is an independent charitable organisation that ensures that ethnic migrants and former refugees settle and integrate well, and have opportunities to participate in and contribute to the wider community. Equally, we educate locals and newcomers from different ethnicities to understand each other, learn about and appreciate new Zealand's bi-culturalism, and the richness and benefits that a multicultural society brings. We advocate for unity in diversity.
By becoming a supporter, you'll be helping us to carry out our mahi!
Your participation within our organisation makes the difference! Whatever your age or lifestyle, ethnic background or individual living situation, you can help to make the world a better place and influence the course of society. Your membership, collaboration, insights and/or kind donation will enable us to continue doing our vital work. Only a strong organisation that acts as the voice of many is capable of achieving our common goal! And only through increased funding, we will have the capacity to make this voice heard.
You can support us by becoming a member or simply giving a contribution towards our cause.
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Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi -
With your basket and my basket the people will live!
Thanks to all our wonderful founders and sponsors.
Your support is kindly appreciated.