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

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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