Settlement Support New Plymouth

Settlement Support New Plymouth is a clear point of contact for migrants, refugees and their families who come to live in New Zealand and make New Plymouth their home. The services help them to overcome the challenges in a new country and successfully settle where they choose to live in the Taranaki region. The service is situated within the New Plymouth District Council’s Community Development Centre in the Top Town Complex in the CBD of New Plymouth.

Settlement Support provides information, support, referral, co-ordination and orientation for migrants, refugees and their families who choose to live in New Plymouth.

The office is located at Level 1, Kings Building, 36 Devon Street West, New Plymouth.

Projects 2011
Waitangi Day 2011 Celebration- 6 February 2011

Waitangi Day events in 2011 was organised by the New Plymouth District Council with support from Settlement Support New Plymouth.  The events were made up of a Community Korero workshop series consisting of two free workshops (The Treaty of Waitangi 101 and Identity and the global community) from 1-3 February and a Family Day of fun activities and multi-cultural entertainment.

Settlement Support NZ New Plymouth promoted Waitangi Day events to new comers, referred and encouraged attendance at the Community Korero Workshop series.

The Family Day was held on Ngamotu beach with Kapahaka and culturally diverse stage programme and activities such as bouncy castle, face painting, flax weaving and some traditional workshops by Tangata Whenua. The people from diverse backgrounds from across the district attend the fun fair.

The workshop series was attended by over 85 people of whom a quarter were migrants. 

Some of the New migrants’ comments included:

“Good awareness of Tangata Whenua of New Zealand and what effect immigrants can and do have in New Zealand”

“It was interesting to know what the treaty is all about and how it came into existence and the relationship between Pakeha and Maori and the dissimilarity in their cultural backgrounds”

“I got good knowledge of the culture and background of the Maori people and New Zealand.” The facilitator was very clear and excellent.

Race Relations Day -21 March 2011

The United Nations selected 21 March to symbolize the need to end racism. In New Zealand the Race Relations day is promoted by the Human Rights Commission in recognition of the United Nations day.

Settlement Support had a migrant women’s conversation group get-together for celebrating the Race Relations day with an hour of interaction talking about how it is celebrated in their countries. The Race Relations Day shows that migrants are given importance and are valuable part of our community.

Taranaki Multi Ethnic Extravaganza -26 March 2011

The Taranaki Multi-Ethnic Extravaganza was on Saturday 26 March 2011 and Settlement Support New Plymouth had a stall for public awareness. Extravaganza hosted cultural groups for fabulous day of fun, food, music, dance, art, craft and children’s entertainment. The colourful parade started at 10.30am along the main streets in which ethnic communities’ assembled and entered floats and walking groups. There were wonderful feast of ethnic footstalls’, fabulous array of arts & craft stalls and the wealth of talent from local cultural performers. In spite of the wet weather this exciting day was attended by people from all over Taranaki and other regions. This year too the extravaganza had been a great success and all the credit goes to dedicated volunteers of the Taranaki Multi-Ethnic Council.

 Information and Cross-Cultural Workshops

Settlement Support organises information workshops. These workshops will assist with people to settle in New Plymouth. For current listings of workshops please browse through the SSNP website – or phone: 06-7591088.

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