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Welcoming Communities

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Welcoming Communities Workshops to begin

Share your thoughts about how Rangitīkei can be more welcoming, through one of our upcoming community events. Each will explore different outcome areas of the Welcoming Communities programme.

Community workshops: Welcoming Communications, Connected & Inclusive Communities, Equitable Access

  • Hunterville 28 April, 6:30pm - Hunterville RSA
  • Taihape 11 May, 6:30pm - Kokako St Hall
  • Mangaweka 18 May, 6:30pm - Mangaweka Hall
  • Marton and Bulls 31 May, 6:30pm - Memorial Hall

Drop-in sessions: Welcoming Public Spaces

  • Hunterville 7 May, 11am-2pm - Hunter's cafe
  • Bulls 14 May, 10am-12:30pm - Town Square by Te Matapihi
  • Marton 14 May, 2pm-3:30pm - Village Green
  • Taihape 21 May, 10am-1pm - The Lobby
  • Small towns/settlements, online, 21 May 2pm-4pm

Business after 5: Economic Development, Business & Employment

  • Marton, 17 May 5:30pm - Cooks Bar, Opal Lounge
  • Taihape, 25 May 5:30pm - Gretna Hotel, Back Bar
  • Bulls, 2 June 5:30pm - Rangitīkei Tavern

Focus group: Culture & Identity

  • Online 19 May, 6:30pm

Focus group: Civic Engagement & Participation

  • Online 24 May, 6:30pm

Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori Rangitīkei

At Rangitīkei District Council we are passionate about making this place home. We work with our communities, iwi and stakeholders to create a welcoming and inclusive district for all.

In July 2021 we successfully applied to join Welcoming Communities, an Immigration New Zealand initiative that supports local councils and their communities to put out the welcome mat for newcomers.

Whether you’re moving from the deep south, the far north, or joining us from abroad – immigrants, former refugees, or international students – Rangitīkei is an inclusive and welcoming place to call home.

Why did Rangitīkei District Council join this programme?

Our District is experiencing unprecedented growth both economically and in population. With a number of new developments, economic ventures and business expansions we're expecting newcomers from other parts of New Zealand and beyond, and we’re taking active steps to make our District even more welcoming to them.

What makes a community welcoming?

Communities that make newcomers feel welcome are likely to enjoy better social outcomes, and stronger economic growth. In this environment, everyone is able to participate in the economic, civic, cultural and social life of the community.

The Welcoming Communities Standard guides local Councils by identifying eight outcome areas that are important to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment:

  1. Inclusive Leadership
  2. Welcoming Communications
  3. Equitable Access
  4. Connected and Inclusive Communities
  5. Economic Development, Business and Employment
  6. Civic Engagement and Participation
  7. Welcoming Public Spaces
  8. Culture and Identity

All participating Councils work with their communities to develop a Welcoming Plan which sets out a range of actions over a set period, and identifies who will lead them, to deliver on these outcome areas.

What’s happening in Rangitīkei?

Our Welcoming Communities Coordinator, Aly Thompson, is working towards developing a Rangitīkei Welcoming Plan throughout 2022, This process begins with a “stocktake” to recognise what’s already happening in Rangitīkei that contributes to the eight outcome areas, and to identify opportunities for new activities & initiatives.

The whole community is invited to participate in the stocktake process and the development of the Welcoming Plan. See below for how to participate.

Want to get involved?

The whole community is invited to be a part of the Welcoming Communities Rangitīkei programme with us - and that means YOU! Keep an eye on our Facebook page see what’s happening and where you might like to participate.


Aly Thompson
Welcoming Communities Coordinator

If you have ideas, feedback, or questions, I'd love to hear from you!
Please get in touch with me any time

Aly Thompson, Welcoming Communities Coordinator
027 307 0244

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