Many things have happened around the world, in New Zealand and in our Nelson Tasman community since our last newsletter. It seems that New Zealanders, and especially Nelsonians, have well adapted to the 'new normal' in this ever changing post-lockown COVID world. But big challenges still lay ahead of us and we need to work together to ensure that our community stays united and resilient as one! It is because of our diversity, not despite our differences, that Nelson Tasman is the vibrant, resilient and extraordinary region it is today.
Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - With your basket and my basket the people will live
- MULTICULTURAL NELSON TASMAN -
MNT AGM 2020 and new Management Committee
We held our AGM on Friday, 19th June, at the Earth Hub in Nelson. After an opening karakia from our wonderful MC member Mel McColgan and signing together (Tutira Mai Nga Iwi), we resumed the past year and officially presented our plans for the new year ahead. A newly elected Management Committeeof lovely humans from all ethnicities and backgrounds stands together to create and promote unity and diversity in our community. Our guest speaker and new cross-cultural workshop facilitator, Birte Becker-Steel, enlightened the audience with her approach to tackle superdiversity. She will pass on her knowledge to interested parties in our Cross-Cultural Competence workshops that will restart from late August.
Some snapshots from our AGM
Clare Scott recalling our MNT events and activities from the past year.
MYNTies giving farewell to Daniel.
We are not sleeping! We are dreaming! Of a future vision for our community and MNT...
AGM-participants putting their visions for our organisation on paper
New look, new content, same message
MNT Cross-Cultural Competence Workshops for individuals and groups to increase cultural intelligence and mutual understanding. Back in Nelson Tasman from late August 2020!
Please contact us by email or by phone 021 165 1159
for further information on dates, venues and individual options!
Multicultural Youth Nelson Tasman
We are a group of young people between 14 and 21 living in the Nelson-Tasman region. Some of us have been in Nelson for a long time; some for only a few years. We are different in many ways. We speak different languages. We come from all corners of the globe. And we have different ideas for our community.
Foreign Nationals Support Programme - Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri
People on temporary visas who are in New Zealand and experience serious hardship due to COVID-19 can request help through the Foreign Nationals Support Programme - Manaaki Manuhiri. New Zealand Red Cross delivers in-kind assistance to help people on temporary visas to meet basic needs, such as food and accommodation.
Since 1 July, people who are in need and on temporary visas can check their eligibility and apply through foreignnationals.services.govt.nz. The programme will run for three months.
Working with Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs, who is managing the New Zealand Government’s Foreign Nationals Impacted by COVID-19 Programme (known by New Zealand Red Cross as ‘Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri’), New Zealand Red Cross will deliver in-kind assistance to help foreign nationals meet basic needs, such as food and accommodation.
“We know that this in-kind, individualised, temporary assistance will meet a real and urgent humanitarian need in Aotearoa. These are visitors in our home who we are pleased to work with Te Tari Taiwhenua to provide assistance to quickly, simply and with care,” says Rachel O’Connor, Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri Project Lead for New Zealand Red Cross.
Internal Affairs is administering the online system and processing applications. New Zealand Red Cross is delivering the assistance.
New Zealand Red Cross support includes needs assessments, local distribution of in-kind aid, psychosocial support, and engaging the community to ensure that our support is reaching the people who are eligible and most in need.
New Zealand Red Cross believes in humanity and impartiality, and in providing support that is based on need and focused on upholding the dignity of the people we work with. As with everything New Zealand Red Cross does, the support New Zealand Red Cross provides will align with our Fundamental Principles.
Interpreting NZ is looking for people who are fluent in English as well as any of the languages below to train with them as interpreters: Burmese, Nepali, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chin Hakha, Karenni, Kayan, Khmer, Korean, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish.
Training is free of charge and is run over the weekends to avoid conflicting with other commitments.
Our next training will start in early February 2021 - dates to be confirmed - and will take place over 5 weekends, spaced 2 weeks apart. APPLY HERE Help for Spanish speakers
Below, you will find a brief description of this article which has been developed for Latin American migrants and refugees who have low English proficiency and the English Speaking advocates of this community.
Objective of the article: Promoting the use of community gardens as a tool to increase general well-being, increasing social connection and improving language skills.
We have written this article to promote the use of this resource available in the community to encourage Latin American migrants and refugees to use it, especially those who have developed an identity strongly connected to land and are socially isolated. Also, we encourage the community to participate actively in the community gardens with the aim to build social connections and to practice their English.
By http://mituakiri.co.nz/ Tackling temporary migrant worker exploitation
A $50 million government investment over the next four years will address temporary migrant worker exploitation in the New Zealand workplace.
The changes will reduce the risk of exploitation occurring in the workplace, remove barriers to report exploitation, and improve response systems for helping migrant workers. Employment New Zealand has seen an increase in reports of exploitation occurring during COVID-19.
Changes include establishing a new visa to support migrants to leave exploitative work situations and increasing the number of labour inspectors and immigration investigators to strengthen the enforcement response.
Please read the whole article for more information HERE
Languages they have organized Interpreters for are :
* Spanish * Chin Hakha * Burmese * Karenni * Kayan*
Spread the word!
Nelson Newcomers Network
Volunteer Nelson has restarted their regular Coffee & Connections series - a monthly coffee morning for those new to Nelson - whether you've come from overseas or elsewhere in NZ we'd love to meet you. Come and join representatives from Nelson Newcomers, Citizens Advice, Volunteer Nelson and Multicultural Nelson Tasman. Where: The Halifax Cafe, 28 Halifax Street, When: 18 August 2020 from 10am.
Your chance to meet other newcomers and find ways to connect with your local community and feel settled.
Meetings are monthly. Kids welcome.
No need to rsvp but if you'd like to call first, give Jane a ring on 03 546 7681 extn. 2.
Wicked Tooth Fairy by Whanake Youth
Wicked Tooth Fairy is a fun and friendly transportation and support service for young people aged 13-17 years who have difficulty accessing free oral healthcare services. Wicked Tooth Fairy will liaise with free dentists, schools or place of education or work and provide transport + support to fill out all the forms and provide advocacy when at the dentist. This is a free service!!
If you are a school representative, community organisation, a parent or a young person and need help to make an appointment and need transport to see the dentist, then look no further, contact Wicked Tooth Fairy at Whanake Youth.
This is a free service for you.
We also need more van drivers and support people for our Wicked Tooth Fairy project, if you can help please get in touch.
Please contact Jess if you can help or if you have any questions.
Rainbow Storytime is aimed at toddlers to intermediate:
Come with your kids to read books about acceptance, diversity, inclusion and being kind, play some fun games and meet some fabulous drag queens with plenty of colours and glitter!
Living Library is for teens and adults:
Our teen/adult Living Library sessions are designed around learning about us and how we became Erika & CoCo, how we identify and a chance to ask any questions openly without feeling embarrassed (we are not easily offended) and we are here to educate about being LGBT+, being allies and of course DRAG!
Please note we may discuss more adult themes and be asked more adult questions so we would advise bringing children at your discretion.
A safe and accepting environment for all ages.
For more information, please join our FB community page Rainbow Storytime Taranaki
by KentishMan Hops
Do you enjoy horticultural work and are looking for an opportunity to establish a team or be part of a small hops farm in Upper Moutere?
KentishMan Hops is looking for staff for the 2020 hops training season with the objective of providing regular work for 6-8 weeks of each year (Oct -Nov) with the option of another 4 weeks earlier in the year.
Contact: Krista Eaton, KentishMan Hops
firstname.lastname@example.org 021 039 2915 2020 Nelson Cherry Blossom Festival
Join us for a programme of music, food & entertainment under the cherry blossom trees to celebrate the Japanese culture and the 44-year sister city connection between Nelson & Miyazu (the second longest sister city relationship between a Japanese & a New Zealand city).
Date: Sunday, 20 September 2020, from 11:30 - 15:00
Set in Nelson's splendid Miyazu Japanese Gardens, the programme includes Japanese martial arts, big brush calligraphy, authentic Japanese food and much more!
This free community event has something for everyone and is a highlight of the Nelson events calendar each year.
Multicultural Nelson Tasman is an independent charitable organisation focused on supporting migrants, former refugees and people from minority ethnicities in the Nelson/Tasman region with their settlement process.
It also promotes positive race relations through community education, ensuring people of all ethnicities feel empowered so that they can actively contribute to our community.
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.
Are you an organisation or do you own a local business? You can support us by donating here:
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.