Southland Multicultural Council Inc

Southland Multicultural Council (formerly Southland Multi-Nations Council) provides a meeting place and a voice for members of Southland’s diverse ethnic groups. The Council employs a part-time coordinator, Violet Stewart, and has an office in Southland Community House, Invercargill with information about services for those new to New Zealand, in particular Southland and Invercargill. We work closely with Southern Institute of Technology, Settlement Support and English Language Partners Southland Inc. (formerly ESOL Home Tutors (Southland)) Our organisation is here not only to help new immigrants but also those who have been here a long time. Mission Statement: “To promote and protect the interests of ethnic people in Southland.”

The aims of the Council are to:


  • Promote and celebrate cultural diversity in our community.
  • Promote and maintain unity and share experiences and friendship among members and other communities in New Zealand.
  • Enable ethnic groups to give each other mutual support and strength to deal with issues which affect them.
  • Raise consciousness among ethnic groups of the special status of Māori as tangata whenua and their special rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.
    The Council is affiliated to the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils and participates in the Federation\’s annual meetings, which allow ethnic people from around the country to meet and discuss shared items of concern.

Visit the website of Southland Multicultural Council Inc.

Projects  2011

Multicultural Food Festival

Southland Multicultural Council will celebrate Race Relations Day 2011 with a Multicultural Food Festival on Saturday, March 19th 2011.Venue: James Hargest Senior Campus, gymnasium, Layard Street, Invercargill
Time:10.30am to 3.30pm

Entry FREE but bring cash (no EFTPOS) to buy your favourite food.

Over 10 ethnic food stalls -Dine in or takeway

Potluck Dinners

Multi-Nations will continue with its highly successful potluck dinners for members and the public, with a variety of themes on the third Saturday of every month. These are the main social networking activity for the Council.

Rainbow Praise

Songs of Praise from Invercargill’s Christian ethnic communities on Sunday 6 November, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church, Tay Street, Invercargill.  2.00pm to 3.30pm, followed by afternoon tea. 

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