Welcoming Communities has been developed in recognition that communities who make newcomers feel welcome are more likely to enjoy better social outcomes and stronger economic growth.
With an initial regional approach to involvement in the Immigration New Zealand initiative, Great South supported local councils to develop a Southland Murihiku Welcome Plan and contributed to the region gaining accreditation as a committed welcoming community.
Moving forward, the initiative will be coordinated by each of the four local councils with the aim of each council gaining further accreditation with the programme. Further success in this area, will pave the way for the region to be recognised as a committed welcoming community.
You can also learn more about the programme's accreditation process here