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Welcoming Communities

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! see below for what’s happening and where you might like to participate.

Upcoming meetings, workshops and focus groups

DateTitleDescriptionWho should join?How to get involved

27 January

Statement of Commitment signing

Signing of our Statement of Commitment for Welcoming Communities, by our Elected members, Te Roopu Ahi Kaa delegated members, and Chief Executive. This will take place during the Council meeting at 9am, and formalises our commitment to the partnership with Immigration New Zealand and our community.

Open to all

Watch the Livestream on our Facebook page.


Welcoming Communities Rangitīkei advisory group

Join an advisory group to work alongside the Welcoming Communities Coordinator, support the stocktake process, and make decisions about the Welcoming Plan

Community representatives who are passionate about welcoming newcomers, and who are prepared to support the Welcoming Communities Coordinator throughout 2022. You would be requested to attend monthly meetings, participate in engaging the community, and attend or lead additional meetings, workshops or focus groups on occasion.

Express your interest here


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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