Creating a welcoming community
Welcoming Communities aims to involve existing residents in activities to welcome newcomers, and increase awareness of the positive social, economic and cultural benefits of diversity.
It’s about making newcomers feel at home here, that we accept their culture and identity, and that there are opportunities for them to succeed. Having a sense of belonging helps people to settle more quickly, and enhances social cohesion.
The Welcoming Communities Standard
The national Welcoming Communities Standard provides us with a benchmark for what a successful welcoming community looks like. It’s made up of eight outcome areas important to creating a welcoming and inclusive city.
Council is developing a Welcoming Plan in partnership with community groups, iwi, education providers, the business sector and local government agencies.
If you’ve an idea for making Palmerston North more welcoming, please get in touch with our Welcoming Communities Coordinator, Stephanie Velvin.
Phone: 06 356 8199
Background to the pilot
This programme is an initiative of Immigration New Zealand, developed in recognition that welcoming activities enhance understanding and appreciation of each other, leading to stronger and more resilient communities.
Welcoming Communities is part of an international movement that shares best practice. Similar initiatives operate in Australia (Welcoming Cities), Canada (Cities of Migration) and the United States of America (Welcoming America).
Palmerston North is one of five regions in New Zealand piloting the programme.