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 Regional Multicultural Council  Inc.

Projects 2012
13th 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 17 March 2012 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 2012 and will take place at various locations every month except January, February 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 India (in Te Puke), combined groups in Greerton, Switzerland ,Poland and a combined end of the year function with 6 ethnic groups participating called “Celebrations 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.

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 services: We will again promote existing services to newcomers through displays of posters and brochures of services available to migrants and newcomers.  The exhibition will run for one month in each location – in libraries and community centers including Te Puke and Katikati.   

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. Occasional outings to theatre and walks will continue and an End of the Year function for the whole family will take place again in December 2012

Positive Ageing: we will continue to run focus groups to supplement finding of the Settling in report

Healthy Lifestyle: Ethkick 2012 will be organised in September 2012

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

Economic Wellbeing: project to be run with Settlement Support to create a link between migrant business owners and Chamber of Commerce

Ethkick tournament 2012

The 3rd Ethkick men’s football tournament will be on 29 September 2012. Teams from Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty region are welcome to register. Registration form other centres also welcome.

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’s 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.

The Council was invited to forward a candidate for COGS Tauranga Moana Local Distribution Committee, and Ewa Fenn has been elected for a 3 year term.

She was also elected as one of the members of the assessment committee of Creative Communities Scheme for WBOPD.

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


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 and English at the office, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and German in private homes
  • Office coordinator works for three days a week in our office to offer help and information
  • Office coordinator works also every Monday in Te Puke based in the Community Care Centre, and runs a coffee morning group in a cafe
  • Registered Immigration Advisor is based in the office on first Tuesday of every month
  • A lawyer gives free advice on last Wednesday of every month

TRMC supports

  • The International Women’s Group –WINGS

TRMC information:

Our website www.trmc.co.nz has all current information about coming events.

Our bi-monthly newsletter and monthly bulletin are available either by email, on Tauranga Library kete website or in hard copy from our office

TRMC has also page on http://tauranga.kete.net.nz where photos, film clips, newsletters and events descriptions are stored and available for all to see.

Contact : Ewa Fenn, enquiries@trmc.co.nz

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