We are delighted to write to you today and invite you to celebrate with us: New Zealand is free of COVID as one of the first countries in the world. Our joint efforts, resilience and compassion as well as New Zealand’s isolated geographical position have enabled us to move forward and look ahead earlier than most of our friends around the world.
We hope that you have managed to stay well and reasonably strong during these past and ongoing troubling times! Like many of you, the team from Multicultural Nelson Tasman has gone through a range of mixed emotions:
In the months prior to the CORONA pandemic, MNT had undergone some personnel changes which resulted in an intermediate lack of coordinated action and presence within our community. By installing a new governance and management team in February 2020, we had just started to steer into a new direction when lockdown hit….Additionally, we had to cancel our biggest annual event, Race Unity Day, due to the COVID-19 pandemic - for the first time in 22 years.
Finally, we have been shattered by the recent killing of George Floyd. His death proves once again that our global society still has a long way to go to overcome prejudice, inequality and violence.
Unity in Diversity - kotahitanga i roto i te kanorau - remains of foremost importance if we - the humans of this world - want to ensure that our future generations can live in peace and harmony on this planet. Multicultural Nelson Tasman was established 27 years ago to support migrants, former refugees and people from minority ethnicities with their settlement process. Simultaneously, we support ‘locals’ to understand, accept and engage with immigrants and ethnic minorities in order to maintain an open and collaborative community for future generations.
In order to ensure our ongoing services and to help us act as the voice of the unheard, to promote equality, justice and mutual respect, we need your support! We want to invite you to join us in our mission to promote, celebrate and strengthen our multicultural communities, and in supporting newcomers to settle and become an active member of the Nelson Tasman community. We also want to invite the representatives of the different ethnic communities in Nelson to participate in a regular multicultural discourse.
Let's tackle this challenge together!
He waka eke noa - A canoe which we are all in with no exception
Muticultural Nelson Tasman
- We would like to meet you at our AGM -
We need your support to support you!
Over the past months, we have worked hard to revise our internal structures, to develop ideas and plan new projects to prepare our waka for the journey into a more harmonious future. We are excited to share the results of these efforts and present our future plans to you during our upcoming AGM on Friday, 19th June 2020, from 6 pm at the Earth Hub Nelson, 235 Haven Road. As spaces are limited, admittance to the AGM will be first come first serve based on the entry date of the RSVP.
Please RSVP by Monday, 15 June 2020 HERE
Please also don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are interested in being elected into our Management Committee at our upcoming AGM!
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 renewing your expired membership (please click on buttons below to become a member or renew you $10-membership), by communicating your concerns and needs or as an active member of our Management Committee. Please note that the right to vote during our AGM is limited to paying members!
We are looking forward to meeting you at our AGM and to working with you in the future!
Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi -
With your basket and my basket the people will live!
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. But we share a passion for making Nelson-Tasman a paradise of unity for all young people!
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Immigration NZ update
With the move to Level 1, Immigration New Zealand has increased its processing capacity. INZ is now processing residence visas as well as EOI's. All offshore offices remain closed. Since strict border controls remain in place, the situation for those on temporary visas that weren't able to return to New Zealand before lockdown remains uncertain. We hope that situation will be resolved soon as many families have been and remain separated in already highkly unsettling times. - Website #BeyondtheMask: Championing Superdiversity
Following an overwhelmingly positive response to their #BehindtheMask session on 24 April 2020, where over 300 attendees were registered, the Superdiversity Institute is pleased to invite you to attend the next session "How to Lead and Make a Difference."
They will be joined by Race Relations Commissioner (and NZAL Established Leader) Meng Foon providing an update from the Human Rights Commission,as well as hearing ideas from our Superdiverse Champions about how to champion superdiversity.
Registration is FREE but numbers are limited.
You can see the Superdiversity Institute's press release about their previous #BehindtheMask session HERE.
You can register here for their next session on 12 June 2020 at 12pm HERE Doc Edge International Film Festival 2020
Welcome to the Oscar-qualifying Doc Edge Film Festival 2020. Life Unscripted. Online and nationwide in New Zealand from Friday 12 June until Sunday 5 July.
In consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic and New Zealand’s robust efforts to keep everyone healthy, inspired and motivated — we are proud to introduce the first ever entirely online film festival and free schools programme exclusive to New Zealand audiences and communities across the country.
We want to offer as much of a true film festival experience as possible online with scheduled screenings to watch with friends and family and Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Browse our full line-up of 83 of the world’s best documentary feature films and shorts here.
- Paid tickets & FREE -
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Do you know what MATARIKI means?
Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleaides star cluster. It rises during Pipiri (June/July) and marks the beginning of the Māori new year. The word is an abbreviation of Ngā Mata o te Ariki (Eyes of God) in reference to Tāwhirimātea, god of the wind and weather. In the story of creation, Tāne Mahuta (god of the forest) separated his parents Ranginui and Papatūānuku, and his brother Tāwhirimātea got upset and tore out his eyes, crushed them into pieces and thew them into the sky.
How Matariki is celebrated?
Matariki is celebrated with education, remembrance and the planting of new trees and crops signaling new beginnings. Matariki was the optimum time for new harvests, and ceremonial offerings to the land-based gods Rongo, Uenuku and Whiro to ensure good crops for the coming year. It was also seen as a perfect time to learn about the land we live on and to remember whakapapa (ancestry) who have passed from this world to the next and the legacy they left behind.
2020 Matariki Festival - Te Huihui-o-Matariki
Saturday 18th July
Nelson City Council invites our community to join us in celebrating Matariki.
Proceedings will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube starting at 6pm:
• Opening Karakia | Kaumātua
• Mayors Message | Mayor Rachel Reese
• Kapa Haka Performance | Te Kapa o Kura Tai Waka
• Light Art Projects
The evening will then conclude with a fireworks display at 7pm, from Haulashore Island. More information here
Matariki Photo Contest
Calling all young photographers of the Tasman District!
Matariki photo contest is open!
(1) General Matariki
(2) Local heroes – tuahangata/tuawahine
For more details click this link Budgeting
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Everyone can benefit from a budget – not just people who are having trouble making ends meet. It can mean the difference between feeling in control and being able to plan ahead, versus always wondering where our money went and going into overdraft between paydays.
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non-judgmental and confidential financial mentoring for the community with qualified advisers.
Come to enjoy a special Chilean lunch accompanied by the typical music, vibe and more. On Saturday 20 June 2020 from 11am to 4pm at Earth Hub Nelson. There is also a Silent auction with items made in Chile or by Chileans, starting soon online and ending on the day of the event. Watch this space :)
This is a fundraising event to help people in Chile that are severely affected by the Covid19 situation. It is one of the biggest social and human crisis the Chileans are passing through in their history and we would love to support the most needed by sending over funds to help cover essentials like food - a common pot for the vulnerable communities.
100% of the proceeds from this event, including the silent auction and other donations will benefit directly Chileans in need through local organizations.
Covid-19 has hit some sectors hard with widespread redundancies and closures. Simultaneaously, other areas have been on hiring sprees, snatching up laid-off workers, and desperate to hire more. Especially seasonal and temporary roles which are usually filled by backpackers and temporary overseas workers are now vacant as borders remain closed. New Zealand's primary industries have seen a rapid increase in demand for workers as well as hospitality and the Health Sector. It might pay to walk around town and look at the signage outside of retail stores, cafes and restaurants if you are looking for a new job. If you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident,
Workbridge might be able to assist you to find employment or - if you are an employer - to find new staff.
This is a FREE service.
Belinda Harte - firstname.lastname@example.org
241 Hardy Street, PO Box 861 Nelson 7040
TEL 03 546 8726 - MOB 021 190 1778 Victory Community Center
Steve McLuckie has just started as the new Community Coordinator at the Victory Community Centre. He & his whānau have just arrived in Nelson after 12 years in Auckland. Steve loved the warm welcome he, his partner Annie and their ten year old Daughter, Alice, received at Monday's pōwhiri.
He is really excited about the role and about becoming part of the Victory community. Steve has spent the last four years coordinating a community development project in Auckland. He has also spent time working for Auckland Council and organising support services for homeless people in Auckland. He is keen to hear from local people about how we can make the Victory Centre even more of a thriving hub at the centre of our community.
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!