Multicultural New Zealand - AGM 2020
Mary Bronsteter, our Chairperson, and Melanie McColgan, the Secretary of Multicultural Nelson Tasman, proudly represented our community at the AGM of Multicultural New Zealand (MNZ) held on 26th and 27th of September 2020.
MNZ has over sixty touchpoints throughout the country, led by twenty-three Regional Councils (one of them being MNT) and twenty-eight Newcomers Networks. Representatives from the Multicultural Regional Councils gather each year at MNZ's AGM to step into the next year together and discuss about joint strategies for the future.
This year's AGM fully embraced MNZ's Huarahi Hou strategy and with it, New Zealands bi-cultural heritage. The Huarahi Hou strategy provides a pathway for multicultural communities to better understand the Treaty of Waitangi and contemporary Māori culture. It aims to help them cultivate strong, ongoing relationships with local tangata whenua, stimulating curiosity about each other’s lives through formal and informal marae visits.
Mary and Melanie engaged with Multicultural New Zealand new kamautua, Sir Soloman; with New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner, Meng Foon, and with Pancha Narayanan, President of Multicultural New Zealand and discussed with many other MNZ members on behalf of our Nelson Tasman community