Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust (HMS)

Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust (HMS) provides a range of services designed to assist migrants and refugees who have come to settle in Hamilton.


A society that values and celebrates the diversity of all people.


Paving the way for successful settlement


Relationship building
To Connect, support and advocate for the refugee and migrant communities
To maintain and establish stakeholder relationships
To foster participation of newcomers in the community

To enable refugees and migrants to be engaged members of the community

Capacity building
To strengthen the organisation, grow existing projects while developing new ones
To promote a society that values and celebrates the diversity of all people through facilitating understanding between host and migrant communities and working collaboratively to ensure successful settlement.

Visit the website of Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust

Projects 2012
Pacific/Ethnic Children’s Day (postponed, date to be announced)

HMS is holding a Children’s Day on Saturday 3 March at the Claudelands Park,10;30am – 1:30p.m.  The will be a Children’s Parade , come and  wear a traditional dress, parade starts at 10.35am.

Cultural performances will be from 10:55am – 1:30pm.

Heaps of activities in store including; relay games, bouncy castles, climbing wall, prizes, food. Bring a picnic and have a great time, this event is FREE.

Community Centre

The Waikato Migrant Resource Centre is a Hamilton City Council community centre providing a focal place of activity for ethnic communities in Hamilton. Settlement information and services are delivered from the Centre by the Trust as well as the other partners namely: English Language Partners, Refugee Services, and Waikato Refugee Forum.

Settlement Support New Zealand

SSNZ offers a clear point of contact for migrants in the Waikato Region. Settlement Information is provided through the WMRC, and clients are also connected to appropriate agencies when necessary. The Coordinator also works closely with the local settlement network to improve settlement outcomes in the area.

Decypher – Interpreting/Translating

The only service that provides interpreting and translating in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. It services the Waikato Hospital, the courts, and other private individuals, organisations and agencies. It has offered ‘community rates’ for Not-for-profit organisations who need to access the service for their clients.

HealthRight Interpreting

This Midlands Network funded project allows provision of free interpreters in 21 GP practices and surgeries. Refugees can also access the interpreters for other social service appointments.

Interpreter Training

The In-house Interpreter Training allows Decypher to continually build its pool of interpreters and thus service the needs of the city.

Migrant Employment Project

This program aims to obtain work experience for migrants who bring their education, skills, and experience to the New Zealand workplace. Potential clients are prepared via English assessments, workshops and sessions on CV Writing, Interview techniques, Employment and contracts and other sessions that of use to them as employees. This responds to the difficulty of some skilled migrants to find employment because they lack “kiwi experience.”

Health Promotion

Healthy Eating, Healthy Action Funded project promoting active and healthy lifestyles among migrants.

Scoping Project

Breastfeeding Practices among three selected migrant communities (Somali, Cambodian, Chinese).

NZ Ethnic Football Festival

NZ longest-running ethnic football festival, attracting more than 30 teams around Hamilton.

Indigo Festival

Hosted with the Indigo Festival Trust, this week-long festival promotes the vibrant cultures in Hamilton.

Contact: Jovi Abellanosa jovia@hmstrust.org.nz

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