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

COVID-19 Office Closure

23 March 2020

Due to the risk of COVID-19 the Marlborough Multicultural Centre
is closed until further notice.

All events, gatherings and activities associated with the Centre are cancelled.

Any enquires email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 03 579 6410. Both will be checked on a regular basis.

In the meantime please take good care of yourself and for further information on what to do and how to manage your personal wellbeing visit: or phone Healthline on
0800 358 5453

Cultural Potluck Tea Invitation

Come along to a potluck tea function this coming Sunday, 26 January 2020, hosted by the Marlborough Multicultural Centre.

The event will be held in the Star of the Sea Parish Centre, 61 Maxwell Road, Blenheim from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Parking will be available in the carpark behind the Centre located on the corner of Hodson and Francis Street.

An opportunity to celebrate the Lunar New Year, make new friends and enjoy a special cultural celebration with people from many different cultures who live in Marlborough.  

Bring your family and friends, and a plate of finger food to share.  

There will be a guest speaker and live entertainment.  

A gold coin donation towards cost of hall hire would be appreciated.

For further information please phone 03-5796410.  Cell 021-1584426.

2019 MMC Annual General Meeting


We welcome the opportunity fo you to join us at our annual general meeting

Date: Thursday 19 September 2019

Venue: Marlborough House, 21 Henry Street, Blenheim

Business: Presentation of Annual Reports & Election of Officers

Time: 6.30pm

Guest speaker: Alison Zinsli; living and working overseas, and the cultural experiences gained along the way

The AGM will be followed by light refreshments


Blenheim’s ASB Theatre to host National Remembrance Service

The National Remembrance Service for victims of the Christchurch terrorism attacks, to be held this Friday, will be livestreamed at the McLauchlan Family Auditorium in the ASB Theatre, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the National Remembrance Service will take place on Friday 29 March at 10am, in Christchurch’s Hagley Park.

Mayor John Leggett says it is important Marlburians are able to participate in a nationwide event and get a further opportunity to reflect on the events in Christchurch.

“The Council has an important role to play in bringing our community together to mark what occurred, and reflect on what it means for our nation. My thanks to the ASB Theatre for hosting this event.”

The livestreaming event will see the National Remembrance Service shown on a big screen in the ASB Theatre. Entry will be free, with capacity limited to 700 people. Doors will open at 9.00am and attendees are asked to be seated by 9.45am.

The Mayor will make a brief welcoming speech just before the livestream commences at 9.55am. The livestream will finish at 11am.

The event is supported by the Blenheim Police, who will have a visible security presence at the event. Attendees are requested not to bring prams, suitcases, large backpacks or trolley bags.

We are deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch

We are deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch.  Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the Muslim community in Christchurch. To our Marlborough Muslim friends, some of whom I know have lost people dear to them, we stand with you in solidarity and want you to know we are there to support anyone in need at this tragic time. 

Race Unity is more important than ever. There will be opportunity for people of Marlborough to gather together for a memorial service for the victims of the Christchurch Mosque shootings on Wednesday evening, 20 March in Seymour Square at 6.30pm.

Margaret Western
Migrant Services Manager
Marlborough Multicultural Centre
21 Henry Street, Blenheim 7201
Phone: 03 579 6410 / 0211584426

Leading speakers on children and family wellbeing to address ‘International Women’s Night’ event in Marlborough

Women attending the upcoming ‘International Women’s Night’ event in Blenheim will hear from some of New Zealand’s leading speakers on issues around children’s wellbeing, better outcomes for migrant communities, and family violence prevention.

Attendees will also enjoy special cultural performances by Marlborough migrant women, including a local Chinese dance group, and an Indonesian, Indian, and Pasifika performance.

The event which runs from 7pm - 9.30pm on Saturday 23 March at the Marlborough Convention Centre, celebrates International Women’s Day and Race Relations Day, which both fall in March. Entry is by koha or a gold coin donation, and national dress is encouraged.

Organiser Margaret Western, Manager, Migrant Services for the Marlborough Multicultural Centre, says; “This unique evening featuring interesting speakers, unique cultural performances, and delicious food, is a celebration of the contribution of all women in our community. The theme is “sisterhood” to celebrate the support women have for each other. We are encouraging the women of Marlborough, locals and newcomers alike, to come along and meet the world on your doorstep.”

The Marlborough Multicultural Centre is building on the success of a similar evening held in 2016 when more than 150 people attended.

Mrs. Western says the event’s theme of ‘sisterhood ‘is an opportunity to celebrate the special bond between and among women; “I see these bonds every day in my work. I see women looking after another woman’s children, cooking a meal for a friend, and celebrating the good times. I also see women helping lift each other up when life is tough. I have so many examples of sisterhood in action, and I suspect most women, whatever their cultural background, do too.”

“Celebrating sisterhood and the role of women in the community is particularly important for international women and new migrants living here as so many of them are far from family and their friends soon become extended family.”

Mrs Western says the event is for locals and newcomers alike, and that the idea of “building a connected community for the wellbeing of everyone” is the cornerstone of the Multicultural Centre’s philosophy.


About the Marlborough Multicultural Centre:

The Marlborough Multicultural Centre opened 12 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. For more information about the evening please contact Margaret Western on 03 579 6410 or 021 158 4426 or visit for more information and resources.

About the Speakers

Emma Dunlop-Bennett

Emma Dunlop-Bennett (Sa Petaia, Ngati Maniapoto) has 20 years’ experience working in aid and development, primarily in the Pacific as well as South East Asia and Southern Africa.

Prior to completing her doctorate on child wellbeing from the perspective of the Samoan diaspora in Wellington, Emma was the Country Representative for World Vision in Vanuatu and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she led New Zealand’s Pacific Regional Aid Programme in Fiji.

Guiding Emma’s approach to her work is her ‘Tanugamanono lens’. That is, that aid is based on the needs of the community, it takes a partnership approach, it is delivered effectively, and that it leads to transformational change. *Tanugamanono is the village that Emma grew up in Samoa*

Ann Dysart

Ann Dysart has many years of management experience in the New Zealand public sector with a focus on designing and implementing innovative social sector initiatives aimed at improving social outcomes for disadvantaged communities and groups in New Zealand. This has included significant government initiatives for Māori, single parents, refugees and migrants, and Pasifika communities. Ann currently manages “E Tū Whānau” for the Ministry of Social Development - an initiative, designed and led by Māori with support from , to address issues of violence within whānau.

E Tū Whānau focuses on community-level prevention within an authentic and culturally responsive context. It is characterised by its kaupapa Māori approach, strong buy in from Māori across the country and a focus on innovation and collaboration. E Tū Whānau includes a specific refugee and migrant component.

Marlborough Multicultural Festival 2018

Saturday 03 March 2018, 11:00am - 04:00pm

A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights and aromas will transform Pollard Park on Saturday, 03 March at the Marlborough Multicultural Festival hosted by the Marlborough Multicultural Centre (formerly known as the Marlborough Migrant Centre).

Come and join us to celebrate our rich and diverse community. Enjoy delicious ethnic foods, lovely typical dances and immerse yourself into the rich variety of cultures that call Marlborough Home. Be in for a fun time with your friends and family! 🎉

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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.

Margaret Western
Manager, Migrant Services

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.


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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