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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.

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.

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

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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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