Multicultural Festival 2021 - A celebration of "Unity in Diversity"
NEWSLETTER APRIL 2021
Our team was very busy during the first quarter of this year. We organsied and celebrated the Tasman Asian Night Food Fair (TANFF) and our biggest annual event, the Multicultural Festival. Despite the business, the thought of being able to celebrate our colourful festival with all our communities after a year of uncertainties made us very happy.
The Multicultural Festival was held on 28th of March 2021 at Victory Square, and we were very fortunate to celebrate it despite a rather grim weather forecast for the day of the event. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us make this celebration of Unity in Diversity a great success.
After these restless months, we are looking ahead to a few calmer yet exciting months of the year: We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at Trafalgar Hall and warmly invite our members and interested community members to come. We will be delivering a few Cross-Cultural Awareness workshops throughout the next months with the opportunity for the public to join one of them later in the year. Furthermore, we collaborate with other community organisations to deliver some smaller multicultural events and projects within the next months which we will advertise closer to the date.
Keep in touch with us via facebook or via email to make sure you don't miss what is happening in our multicultural community!
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together not far apart
- MULTICULTURAL NELSON TASMAN -
Multicultural Festival - A celebration of "Unity in Diversity"
*photos by Rachel Hampton
For the 20th year, we celebrated our mutlicultural communities with a big event at Victory Suqare: the Multicultural Festival 2021 (former Race Unity Day). After last year's cancellation due to the outbreak of the COVID-pandemic, we were extremely happy to hold our event this year despite a rather grim weather forecast. But the weather held, allowing us to celebrate unity in diversity with fellow Nelsonians and Tasmanians from all backgrounds on March 28th.
The event offered a choice of over 35 tantalizing multicultural food, art, crafts and community stalls. A wide range of musical and dance performances from around the world were brought to the public by local, national and international groups. We are very grateful for the help of everyone involved, including: the amazing performers and stall holders who cooked delicious food or provided information on various topics, our speakers Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese, Tasman Councillor Trevor Tuffnell, Nelson MP Rachel Boyack, Archdeacon Harvey Ruru AND our very special head MC Rohan O'Neill-Stevens with his (deputy) MC's Resika, Emma, Krutika, Nikki and Priya.
The event would not have been possible without the financial support from our sponsors Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA)/Nelson City Council & the Office of Ethnic Communities (DIA) as well as the voluntary support from Rotary Club of Whakatu, Cancer Society Nelson, Community Artworks, Sport Tasman and all VOLUNTEERS including our Multicultural Youth Nelson Tasman group and friends of MNT, the team of Event Audio & Nathan Flanaghan Electrical, Waste No More, St Johns, our photographer Rachel Hampton and everyone else. THANK YOU ALL for a wonderful day of celebrating the diversity of our multicultural community.
For more photos, visit our website: https://www.multiculturalnt.co.nz/gallery/
MNT AGM is Coming Soon!
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, from 5.30pm at Trafalgar Hall.
All of our members and friends of Multicultural Nelson Tasman are invited to join us at our AGM to hear about our last year's endeavours and future plans as well as to elect our Management Committee members for the coming year.
We warmly invite interested community members to join our AGM and shape the future of our organisation! The right to vote at our AGM is reserved to paid up members.
Please get in touch if you want to come and RSVP for catering purposes. Become a member here.
Cross Cultural Awareness Workshops
Do you or your organisation require assistance in cross-cultural communication? Would you like to increase your knowledge about other cultures or improve the relationship with clients or colleagues?
Get in touch with us if you would like to organise a training tailored to your organisation's or businesses needs!
We offer 1-day in-house or public workshops where participants can learn how to communicate more effectively across cultural boundaries.
The workshop is a great opportunity and valuable source to understand the relationships between culture, cultural values, communication, relationships, and effective workplace interactions. Recognize differing cultural characteristics in yourself and others. Value workplace communication and relationship-building. Identify ways to further improve your intercultural communication skills.
Free immigration advise from 4 May 2021 at MNT office
Sandrine Savarit, Licensed Immigration Adviser, will hold regular free consultations for the general public from our MNT office at 159 Hardy Street from Tuesday, 4 May 2021. Every Tuesday between 12pm and 2pm,
Sandrine will help people to find answers to their questions related t immigration matters. Please get in touch with us by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book an appointment with Sandrine.
Meet your Community navigator at our MNT office
Norma Sequera has recently been appointed as Victory Community Navigator. As Community Navigator, Norma supports former refugees and migrants to connect to housing, health, employment, volunteer, income, and other social services. She also helps migrants and former refugees link with interpreters to access appointments and understand documents and works alongside community organisations (such as MNT) to facilitate programmes identified as necessary.
Norma will start seeing clients from our office at 159 Hardy Street from Wednesday, 5 May 2021 on a weekly basis. For enquiries or to book an appointment with Norma, please email to email@example.com
- MULTICULTURAL YOUTH NELSON TASMAN -
That's MYNT @ Fresh FM
‘That’s MYNT!' is a radio show by the Multicultural Youth group of Nelson Tasman. We have started our show in October 2020 and since, want to entertain our community with a fun mix of interviews, music and chat. The show is broadcasted every Tuesday between 6:00 pm and 7 pm. Tune your radio to 104.8 (Nelson-Tasman)/ 107.2 (Nelson CBD)/ 88.9 (Blenheim)/ 95.0 (Eastern Golden Bay) or visit fresh fm net to listen to our Multicultural show.
Become a member 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?
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.
Get in touch with us if you require more information or want to join the group!
- NEW ZEALAND -
ANZAC Day - LEST WE FORGET!
Anzac Day is observed on 25 April. It commemorates New Zealanders killed in war and honours returned and serving servicemen and women. The date marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 - the early years of the First World War.
Thousands lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Ottoman Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians. To this day, Australia also marks the events of 25 April. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about one in six of those who served on Gallipoli.
Anzac Day was first observed in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since. The ceremonies that are held to remember those involved in wars are improtant reminders that violent conflicts lead to the traumatisation of many for generations to come.
Latest gathering of Multicultural New Zealand at Waitangi
Members of the New Zealand Federation of Multiculutral Councils met in Paihia (Northland) over the weekend to learn about Te Ao Māori and the history of Aotearoa from a Māori perspective. The hui included a visit to the grounds of the Waitangi Treaty grounds in Paihia where members of MNZ together with tangata whenua gathered to commemorate NZ’s multiculural communities commitment to the Reo Maori version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
We planted a kauri tree named ‘Mokopuna’ to the first people’s of this land as a gesture of goodwill. May our dedication and commitment to Te Tiriti grow as strong and graceful as this Mokopuna.
Immigration NZ - COVID Updates
The NZ government is regularly updating its policies and information on COVID and measures taken by the government. Recently, a COVID-vaccine rollout plan has been published the COVID-19 government website. Translated resources and information about the vaccination in Aotearoa can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/translations/
Border exceptions for partners and dependent Children of temporary visa holders - in effect 30 April 2021
After over a year, partners and dependent children of temporary visa holders who are currently outside New Zealand may finally be eligible to travel to New Zealand under this border exception category, which will come into effect on 30 April 2021. The border exception is for these three groups:
Partners and dependent children who held (and continue to hold) a visa for New Zealand but were unable to join their partner or parent in New Zealand before the border closed.
Partners and dependent children of workers employed in critical health services.
Partners and dependent children of highly-skilled workers.
Long Term Plan 2021 - 2031 consultation - Have your say! Closes Wednesday, 21/04/2021
Every three years Nelson City Council (NCC) develops a Long Term Plan for our City. The Plan looks at the next 10-year period and outlines what Council will be aiming to achieve, how much it will cost and how that activity will be paid for.
The purpose of Nelson City Council’s Long Term Plan 2021–31 consultation document https://shape.nelson.govt.nz/long-term-plan-2021-2031/welcome is to put the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Nelson region at the heart of our plans over the next 10 years.
Have your say to help shape Nelson's future - especially if you want to protect Nelson's unique natural environment for future generations!
Capability & Capacity Building in Governance and Financial Sustainability workshops
Volunteer Nelson is running a series of Capability and Capacity Building in Governance workshops over the course of the next months. These workshops will be relevant to any/all people who are new to helping govern a community group or looking to upskill so that they can more confidently join a community group board.
MNT together with Community Law and Nelson Police work together to minimise racist incidents in our community. Speak Out Nelson Tasman (SONT) provides a user-friendly way to report racist incidents. Reports can be made by the victim, a witness or support person on behalf of the victim. Reporting of incidents is important whether or not the victim wants anything done about it as it provides important information to assist the police and other agencies regarding the extent of this problem and ways to address it. For more info, go to our website or contact us.
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 biculturalism, and the richness and benefits that a multicultural society brings. We advocate 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.
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.