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Ethnic groups increase intercultural understanding

22/07/2005

City's ethnic groups increase intercultural understanding

Christchurch's increasing ethnic diversity will be in focus on Wednesday 27 July, when the Intercultural Assembly meets to share ideas and foster closer ties between different cultures in the city.

The Assembly, which meets four times a year, brings together representatives of ethnic groups, including tangata whenua, migrant and refugee groups, as well as government and non-government agencies. It offers a regular forum for learning about one another's culture and services around the city, and identifying ways of strengthening the place of all ethnic groups who make their home here.

Christchurch's population now comprises more than 180 ethnic groups, each bringing with them a distinctive cultural identity which enriches the city through greater diversity of music and art, culture, business, politics and spirituality.

Many ethnic groups are already represented in the Intercultural Assembly, but the assembly wants to hear from any groups not currently represented. Contact Jenni Marr on 941 8097 or email jenni.marr@ccc.govt.nz to find out if your culture is represented, or how to get involved.

July's meeting will be hosted by Christchurch City Council, in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices on Tuam Street, from 12 to 2pm. It will include a presentation by Council staff on its services for ethnic and community groups, as well as opportunities for employment with the Council. The city's Japanese Society will also be talking to the Assembly about its aims and activities, and there will be a performance by 'koto' players.

The Intercultural Assembly was launched in 2003 and is an independent community body. Administrative assistance is provided by Christchurch City Council.

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