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Welcoming Communities Te waharoa ki ngā hapori

At the heart of the programme is the Welcoming Communities Standard for New Zealand (the standard).  The standard has been launched today after public consultation earlier this year.  A council piloting the programme can opt to become accredited as a ‘Welcoming Community’ by meeting the standard’s outcomes. The standard provides councils and communities with benchmarks for a successful welcoming community.

Nine local government councils in five regions are working with their communities to pilot Welcoming Communities. They are putting out the welcome mat to newcomers. Previous settlement initiatives have tended to focus on solely on newcomers, whereas Welcoming Communities is actively involving local residents in welcoming activities. This new approach creates bridges between newcomers and locals.  

Evidence from countries also involved in the welcoming movement suggests that where newcomers feel welcomed and included in community life there are positive social, economic and cultural benefits for the community.

Publication date: 01 Dec 2017 Read the Standard here