Marlborough Migrant Centre
Promoting, positive race, relations & celebrating cultural diversity
The Marlborough Migrant Centre is a not-for-profit community based organisation supporting migrants and newcomers in the Marlborough region with their settlement process.
It also promotes positive race relations through community education, ensuring people of all ethnicities feel able to actively contribute to their adopted community.
The Marlborough Migrant Centre opened in 2007 as a result of the rapidly changing demographics of Marlborough and in response to the findings of the Marlborough social service report 'Settling in' which was published by the Ministry of Social Development Family & Community Services. This report identified a need for a centrally-located point of contact where migrants and newcomers to Marlborough would be able to access information, advice, advocacy and mechanisms that link people with the existing networks and agencies involved in supporting the resettlement process.
Marlborough Multicultural Festival 2017
Celebrating Culture – Thank you
A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights and smells transformed Pollard Park last Saturday when the Marlborough Multicultural Festival, hosted by the Marlborough Migrant Centre, took place.
The festival unites the community in a celebration and sharing of culturally diverse dance, food and performance, and has become an important event on the Marlborough calendar. Not simply because it’s fun and colourful, but because it embraces cultural diversity and provides the opportunity for our ethnic people to showcase their culture, and feel they have a visible and valued place here. Local Marlburians too, are able to see the richness of the ethnic mix of people who call Marlborough home.
As our province becomes more diverse the connections between people at individual and local level are important to building social cohesion and providing a platform for a thriving community. The festival provided that platform. The large crowd who supported the event evidenced the community spirit of Marlborough - a testament to our inclusive, connected and welcoming community.
The Migrant Centre is grateful to everyone who gave their time and efforts to making the festival the success that it was. Thank you to our sponsors, performers, stallholders, volunteers and public who came along; without their support the event would not be the success that it was. So, our sincere thanks to everyone involved.
Manager, Migrant Services