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Welcoming Communities pilot initiative

9 April 2018

Welcoming Communities pilot initiative - feedback sought on draft Welcoming Plan.

As one of the most culturally diverse regional cities, Palmerston North’s greatest asset is its people. The city has been selected as one of five locations to pilot the Welcoming Communities programme, initiated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

During the two-year programme Palmerston North City Council will coordinate community involvement in welcoming new city residents, with the aim to gain accreditation as a Welcoming Community.

Feedback is being sought on the draft Welcoming Plan that was developed in partnership with community groups, the business sector and government agencies. Welcoming Communities Coordinator Stephanie Velvin says the Welcoming Plan is a key part of the Welcoming Communities programme and sets out how the city will work together to welcome new residents.

“The goal is to make newcomers feel welcomed and know their culture and identity is accepted. It is also about ensuring we harness the opportunities for innovation and growth offered by diversity.”

“This is a community driven initiative and we encourage people to have their say on the draft Plan.”

As a new form of engagement, a live Q & A session is being held via PNCC’s Facebook page at 6pm on Thursday 12 April, for anyone who has questions or wants to learn more about the programme.

The draft Welcoming Plan is available online at https://www.pncc.govt.nz/welcome

The national Welcoming Communities Standard is available online at: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/what-we-do/welcoming-communities/the-welcoming-communities-standard

Feedback on the draft Welcoming Plan closes 16 April.


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