With involvement in Immigration New Zealand’s pilot programme Welcoming Communities, we are focused on helping migrants to settle and successfully integrate into the Southland community.
Southland is one of five regions across New Zealand to be involved in the pilot which has been developed in recognition that communities who make newcomers feel welcome are more likely to enjoy better social outcomes and stronger economic growth.
The programme recognises that a strong and vibrant community is one that enables all of its members to participate in its economic, civic and social life, and where everyone feels included, has a sense of belonging and has opportunities to succeed.
To support Southland’s involvement in the pilot, and gain accreditation as a Welcoming Community according to the New Zealand Standard, we are encouraging local councils, members of the community and newcomers to the region to celebrate diversity, learn from each other and support the region’s growth and development.
With support from Immigration New Zealand, local councils and the Welcoming Communities local advisory group, we have developed the Southland Murihiku Welcoming Plan which identifies a range of activities and projects that focus on building strong connections between local residents and new arrivals.