Multicultural Tauranga promote cultural diversity and harmony within the community. Their philosophy is that our community is stronger through embracing diversity (of culture, background, experience, skill, knowledge and talents. Their services and activities are therefore focused on strengthening understanding, cooperation and celebration of diversity as a key pathway to strengthening the community as a whole.
Multicultural Tauranga strive towards migrants being able to settle in the community, through understanding the community in which they are settling, whilst also retaining, celebrating and sharing their culture. They also work towards developing communities that are accepting and welcoming of newcomers and are given opportunities to understand what migrants bring to our community.
Multicultural Tauranga promote and deliver several programmes and activities that are key to achieving their vision and purpose, through:
- Information and advisory services (JP, translation, interpreter)
- Skill development programmes (English language, self-defence, professional speaking, water safety, conversational speaking)
- Ethnic celebratory events (Living in Harmony cultural events, annual multicultural festival, citizenship ceremonies)
- Advocacy activities (Tauranga migrant settlement network, "Welcoming Communities" project, Council liaison).
Additionally, they will become actively engaged in “The Welcoming Communities" project, a pilot programme jointly sponsored by MBIE (Immigration NZ), Ethnic Affairs and Human Rights Commission) being introduced in five localities in New Zealand Aotearoa, including both Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Councils.