Welcoming Communities is an initiative which brings together councils and communities to make the places we love even more welcoming for everyone.
Welcoming Communities is an initiative which brings together councils and communities to make the places we love even more welcoming for everyone. Joining the Welcoming Communities initiative is a key action in The Hastings District Multicultural Strategy - Te Rautaki Kākano Maha o Heretaunga.
Welcoming Communities has been developed in recognition that communities are healthier, happier and more productive when newcomers are welcomed by the existing community, and when the community has a good understanding of the positive social, economic and cultural benefits of diversity.
Hastings district is becoming increasingly culturally diverse. There are more newcomers choosing to call Hastings home making it a more vibrant place to be. In Hastings, there are a number of events and opportunities for the community to experience and enjoy a variety of cultures and backgrounds. The Blossom Festival, International Cultures Day, Lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens and the Polynesian festivals (Polyfest) are wonderful ways to express our shared sense of pride in being part of a culturally rich and vibrant Hastings.
In 2020 the Hastings District Council launched The Hastings District Multicultural Strategy - Te Rautaki Kākano Maha o Heretaunga.
The vision of the strategy is:
“Hastings district is an inclusive, welcoming community where everyone belongs.”
The goals of the strategy are:
The Multicultural Strategy Reference Group will monitor progress with implementation of the action plan. Progress will be reported on an annual basis to Council’s Operations and Monitoring Committee. This strategy will be reviewed five years after being endorsed by council.
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