Marlborough Migrant Centre | 21 Henry Street Blenheim 7201 | Phone: 03 579 6410

Marlborough Multicultural Festival

Saturday 04 March 2017, 08:00am - 05:00pm

Location Pollard Park
Celebrating Race Relations Day - Promoting Unity in Diversity

The face of Marlborough is changing. It's become a melting pot of different nationalities, all bringing vibrant cultures and traditions into our community.
Bring your family along to acknowledge and celebrate these changes - share ethnic food, music and dance.

Food Stall and Information/Craft stall sites full and a great line up of performers.

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World tour on a plate at Marlborough multicultural festival

A women’s night out to celebrate diversity

Friday 14 October 2016

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Marlborough is much more fun and interesting than it was 10 years ago thanks to more migrants in our community and the Marlborough Migrant Centre is holding a special women’s night to celebrate.

“Thanks to migrants, there’s a bigger range of food available in supermarkets and dining out is much more diverse,” says Marlborough Migrant Centre migrant services manager Margaret Western. “Migrants bring new skills to our workplace, cultural richness and global connectedness to our community. Not to mention the fact that just shopping in the supermarket can be fun when there’s a range of languages being spoken around you.”

The Marlborough Migrant Centre is building on the success of two low-key International Women’s Evenings it has held, by hosting a bigger event and encouraging all women of Marlborough to come and join the fun.

The International Women’s Night will be held at the Marlborough Convention Centre from 7pm to 9.30pm on Friday 14 October. All women are welcome, and encouraged to come. Entry is by a plate of food from your home country, or by donation.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate together that we are going ahead for Marlborough for everyone,” Margaret says.

“Hopefully people will celebrate their cultural identity by wearing their national costumes and bringing a plate of food from their home country. But if that’s not your cup of tea, please just come along anyway and make a donation at the door.

“It’s going to be a girls’ night out and the chance to share food from different lands, and get to know women in your community. There’ll be a few speeches and performances, but mostly it’s a chance to talk to people you might not otherwise cross paths with in the community.”

The Marlborough Migrant Centre opened 10 years ago to meet Marlborough’s growing need to support new migrants in the community, as the face of Marlborough began to change at an unprecedented rate.

Ministry of Social Development manager Ann Dysart, whose support for the Marlborough Migrant Centre was fundamental in its establishment, and Ministry of Social Development advisor Jennifer Janif will be guests of honour at the event. Jennifer will talk about her inspirational story of immigrating from Fiji to New Zealand after the 1987 coup, and her decision to embrace the many opportunities that living in New Zealand provided her. Performances will be provided by Marlborough migrant women, including a local Chinese dance group and a Pasifika performance.

For more information about the evening please contact Margaret Western on 03 579 6410; 021 158 4426;

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Marlborough Migrant Centre position on refugee resettlement.

Like many individuals and organisations, the Marlborough Migrant Centre is concerned at the current refugee and migrant crisis in relation to the conflict in Syria.

We agree that this is a humanitarian issue on a scale not seen for a long time. Recently the UN high Commissioner for Refugees has said that Europe is facing its biggest refugee influx in decades and that the vast majority of people coming from conflict zones are simply running for their lives.

We are heartened to see the groundswell of sympathy from ordinary New Zealanders. Many kiwis realise that refugees are people forced to flee their homeland in fear of their safety and that they simply seek somewhere safe and secure to continue their lives.

We welcome the New Zealand Government’s decision to accept 600 more refuges over the next two years in addition to the current quota of 750 per year.

Should the Government decide that Marlborough can help resettle refugees the Marlborough Migrant Centre would support initiatives to do this.

However, we must ensure that any resettlement initiative is equipped with the right resources, infrastructure and community support to not only welcome refugees but ensure their ongoing wellbeing.

The Migrant Centre has been involved in discussions with Red Cross and other key stakeholders about the possibility of Blenheim becoming a refugee resettlement area. We would welcome a role in assisting refugees to resettle alongside key providers such as the Red Cross, who are currently the main organisation tasked to provide refugee resettlement services and support in New Zealand.

We believe that refugees’ and migrants’ greatest resource is themselves. With the right support these newcomers can translate their skills, interests and past experiences into assets that would become valuable to the Marlborough community.

However, settling in a new country has many challenges and the pathway to successful settlement requires robust resources to support those settling in and also the host community. 

Cultural Dance Extravaganza enjoyed by many!

A kaleidoscope of colours sounds and sights transformed the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 at the Cultural Dance Extravaganza on Sunday July 26.

"To belong and feel connected is essential for a healthy society and the large crowd who enjoyed the performances, colourful traditional costumes and ethnic craft displays was evidence of the community spirit in Marlborough and a

sign of our inclusive, connected and welcoming community, ” said Margaret Western, Event Organiser.

On behalf of the Marlborough Migrant Centre, thanks goes to all the performers, stallholders, volunteers, and supporters who made the event a success.

We are also very grateful for the sponsorship and support for the event from: The Canterbury Community Trust; Marlborough District Council; The Hits FM, and REAP.

You can view photos from the event on our Facebook page here.

Songkran Celebrations a Success!

On April 11 the Marlborough Migrant Centre, together with members of the Thai Community in Marlborough, hosted a celebration of the Thai New Year and the Songkran festival. 

The Thai New Year Songkran Festival, between 12-20 April, has been observed for centuries as a symbol of hospitality, love and a time to celebrate the importance of maintaining strong relationships within families and communities. Traditionally, festive celebrations pay tribute to the role of water in Thai culture and society and there is lots of fun to be had!

We would like to thank everyone who came along and St Andrews Chruch for the use of thier hall. You can view the photos of the performance and the water ceremony on our Facebook page here and read the local news coverage here





 

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