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Welcoming CommunitiesTe waharoa ki ngā hapori

Welcoming Communities is an initiative which brings together councils and communities to make the places we love even more welcoming for everyone.

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The Welcoming Communities - Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori programme wants to know what makes people feel welcome in Hastings.

Please fill in this survey to share your experience of being a newcomer in Hastings or of living in our diverse community.

Take the time to fill in this survey! If you enter your email address at the end of the survey, you will go in the draw for a chance to win a $50 supermarket voucher.
We will draw 1 winner each week from 18 September - 1 November 2023.

Click here to take the survey

Welcoming Communities – Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori supports local councils and their communities to create welcoming and inclusive environments for newcomers, including recent migrants, former refugees and international students.

It is an Immigration New Zealand led programme and involves local residents in developing, delivering and participating in welcoming activities. This approach creates communities where everyone can belong, participate, contribute and thrive. It helps increase social engagement, build social connections and grow social inclusion.

Joining the Welcoming Communities initiative is a key action in The Hastings District Multicultural Strategy - Te Rautaki Kākano Maha o Heretaunga.

Cultural events

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.

You can view a full list of local events here: Hawke's Bay Events Calendar

You can find out more information around hosting an event here: Hosting an Event

Blossom Parade

Blossom Parade



Fiafia Day – celebrating all things Pasifika

Fiafia Day – celebrating all things Pasifika

International Cultures Day

International Cultures Day

Lighting of Osmanthus Gardens

Lighting of Osmanthus Gardens

Welcoming Communities Statement of Commitment signing, 29 October 2022

Welcoming Communities Statement of Commitment signing, 29 October 2022

Useful links

Hastings District Council Multicultural Strategy

In 2020 the Hastings District Council launched The Hastings District Multicultural Strategy - Te Rautaki Kākano Maha o Heretaunga.

The Multicultural Strategy was formally launched by Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst on Saturday 24 July 2021.   

The vision of the strategy is:

“Hastings district is an inclusive, welcoming community where everyone belongs.”

The goals of the strategy are:

  1. Multiculturalism and diversity is celebrated in Hastings district.
  2. Hastings district is a welcoming, inclusive and safe place for all.
  3. People of all cultures have equitable access to council services and resources.
  4. All residents feel empowered to participate in council decision-making.
  5. Council is a role model in terms of cultural diversity.

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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