Wellington City Council

Wellingtonis the capital city ofNewZealandand is proud of its diverse population. Renowned for its vibrancy, affordability, talented people and stunning natural beauty,Wellingtonis the leader in arts, events, world-class recreation, leisure opportunities and experiences. It was the first capital city in the world to be designated a Safe Community by the World Health Organisation.

Wellington City Council is responsible for a wide variety of activities and services including high-quality infrastructure, libraries, recreation and arts facilities, community services, parks and reserves, entertainment and events. We also work to attract skilled, innovative people and businesses to the city in order to maintainWellington’s international competitiveness.

To develop inclusiveness, tolerance, and celebrate Wellington’s diverse population, we incorporate diversity into the way we do business. We understand the importance of the role of ‘social infrastructure’. This includes how we use information and knowledge, ensuring that everyone – regardless of age, culture or ability – can access the city’s services and activities and feel that they’re part of healthy communities.

We have a number of programmes and projects designed to support and celebrate our diverse communities.

Visit Wellington City Council’s website.

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Strengthening Wellington’s diverse community

We provide grants to community groups to undertake projects that meet community needs, such as: social English classes, language and cultural retention programmes and neighbourhood building initiatives. 

Forums and festivals

We organise Ethnic, Pacific, Youth and Accessibility Forums to meet with these communities and talk about their issues, aims and aspirations, as well as asking for their input on the future ofWellington.

We support and host lots of festivals and events that celebrate cultural diversity and art. These include Waitangi Day Festival, the Pasifika Festival, Diwali and Chinese New Year festival.

Libraries outreach programme

We have a multicultural specialist at our libraries to help people from all parts of the world access library services. Our online migrant communities library guide has pages in 21 different languages. Our libraries also hold extensive collections of books in different languages including Arabic and Gujurati.

Free interpreting and Council language register

We have a list of staff that are able to speak languages other than English, and are prepared to help residents or visitors access our services.

Settlement Support New Zealand

We host this government-funded initiative which helps new migrants settle into their local community.

Recreation community walks

We hold guided walks especially designed to help people learn social English while enjoying the outdoors.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012

As part of this national initiative, we are encouraging residents to know their neighbours. This helps celebrate our neighbourhoods’ diversity as well as promotes community resilience (how to help one another in times of need and emergencies).

Race Relations Day

Every year, we acknowledge and celebrate the cultural diversity of our workforce by organising staff events. We also support public events around Wellington.

Removing barriers and opening doors

We support, train and provide guidelines to help community organisations be more accessible to those with experience of mental illness.

Our Leisure Card entitles people on low incomes, refugees and Super Gold Card holders to discounted entry to our facilities like pools and recreation centres.

We have more than 200 recreation activities in the city that are free or cost less than $5.

Our fitness centre in Kilbirnie has a strong relationship and discount scheme with IHC Wellington (an advocacy organisation for those with intellectual disabilities).

We have a hydrotherapy pool at our Regional Aquatic Centre with a ramp for easy access and a disability chair hoist.

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