Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council

Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council is an incorporated society managed by a committed group of volunteers who have a desire to promote and protect the interests of ethnic groups that make up New Zealand’s multicultural society.

It is affiliated to the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils.   Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

The aims of the Multicultural Council are:

  • To promote and protect the interests of the many different ethnic groups that make Tauranga a multi-ethnic region; and NZ a multicultural society.
  • To promote and maintain unity and share experiences and friendship among members and other communities in New Zealand.
  • To protect the ethnic groups against racist behaviour.
  • To enable the ethnic groups to give each other mutual support and strength to deal with issues that affect them.
  • To raise consciousness among the ethnic groups of the special status of the Māori people as tangata whenua and their rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.

View the website of the Tauranga Ethnic Council.

Projects 2011
12th Tauranga Multicultural Festival

The Tauranga Multicultural Festival is a major cultural festival held every year to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Tauranga, where there are more than 70 different migrant communities.

Next year the festival will be held on 19 March 2011 at the Historic Village and will showcase Tauranga’s wonderful diversity of ethnic food, crafts, and entertainment.  The day will include a parade of ethnic costumes throughout the village, discovery tents, lifestyle sports and more.

Living in Harmony Evening

Living in harmony evenings will continue in 2011 and will take place at the Senior Citizen Hall at 14 Norris Street on the second Thursday of every month, except January and March.   We will also run at least three evenings in Te Puke.   We will continue with our pot luck dinner format, with a different ethnic group presenting their culture, customs and food every month.  The events this year have been hosted by groups from Netherland, Brazil, Pakistan, Philippines, Solomon Islands, England and a combined end of the year function with 10 ethnic groups participating called “Children from Around the World”.   These events are very popular, and are a great platform to meet people from many other countries, and to learn about them and make friends.

  • 9 November, 7pm: “Musical notes from Poland”. Polish music including Chopin played by Urszula Kint(violin) and Magda James(piano), children will play piano, flute, sing and recite poems. Interesting art and items from Poland will be on display
  • 16 December, at 6pm: “Celebrations Around the World” on at the Wesley Church Hall. Several groups including India, Korea, Kiribati, Philippines, the Netherlands will perform describing special celebrations from their countries of origin. Beautiful costumes, music and dance and a chance for everyone to make new friends. It is a  free event, but please bring a plate of food for potluck dinner.

To find out more, contact the Council office on 07 5716419 for more information on any of the evenings or email Ewa.

Settling in Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty District

A research on newcomers population in the district initiated and funded by MDD has been compiled and a report launched in April 2010.   Follow up meetings were run throughout the year and recommendations implemented. TRMC is involved in several areas with implementations of findings:

Access to information: a display of posters and brochures presenting services available to migrants and newcomers has been set over three months in three different libraries.   We will continue with the presentations starting in April 2011 in various locations in the district.

Newcomers Network: we have a well attended coffee morning every Wednesday in our premises where any newcomer can come just for a chat and to find new friends and learn about the city and services available.

Positive Ageing: a set of focus groups will be conducted to supplement finding of the Settling in report

Healthy Lifestyle: Ethkick 2011 will be organized in October 2011

Child and Youth: establish contact with child and youth service providers

Ethkick tournament 2011

The Ethkick men’s football tournament will be on 8 October 2011.Teams from Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty region are welcome to register. Registration form other centres also welcome.

For the venue and booking details please contact our office at Historic Village at 17th Avenue, Tauranga ph 07 5716419, or enquiries@ethnictauranga.org 
 
Citizenship ceremonies

The TRMC President is present at every Citizenship ceremony conducted at the Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council and gives a short presentation about TRMC;  the ceremony is also a great opportunity to meet new migrants.

Relationships with other organizations

TRMC participates in Settlement Network Support Group (every second month) and liaises with ESOL, CAB, Volunteer Centre, Relationship Services and others.

The Council has been invited to be a permanent member of Elders Forum, after six months as a temporary member, which gives us an opportunity to voice any issues specific to elderly members of our ethnic groups.

The Council;   a representative participates in regular meetings (3 per year) of Western Bay of Plenty Health Emergency Response Stake Holder Group, and information and recommendations from those meetings are forwarded to our members and associates. The President is also on a text alert list and therefore is able to pass any alerts immediately to our group.

It co-operates with Shakti, Pasifika Community Centre, Tauranga Environment Centre, Volunteer Western BOP, Creative Tauranga and participates in all NZ Federation of Ethnic Council meetings

Services

TRMC provides

  • Interpreters and translators
  • Support and mediation
  • A JP Clinic in five languages (if required)- every Thursday from 10am to 2pm in our office at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue, Forresters Hall
  • Language classes in French, Mandarin and English at the office, Italian, Russian, Spanish and German in private homes
  • Office coordinator works for three days a week to offer help and information
  • Registered Immigration Advisor is based in the office on first Tuesday of every month

TRMC supports

  • The International Women’s Group –WINGS

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