Cultural Relations

​E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha o te rohe Mai i ngā Kuri a Whārei ki Ōtamarākau ki te uru, tēnei rā te mihi atu ki ā koutou, nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa.

To the diverse peoples of the Western Bay of Plenty District, many greetings to you all!

Cultural Diversity

The Western Bay of Plenty District is rich in ethnic diversity due to its early settler history. In more recent times this diversity has flourished with the arrival of peoples from the Pacific, India, Asia and Africa who now proudly call Aotearoa home.

The Council is committed to supporting these diverse communities through its Community Development Team.

The Community Development team specialise in:

  • Community development planning

  • Building community capacity and capability

  • Strengthening community partnerships

  • Community safety

  • Protecting, maintaining and enhancing the natural environment

  • Providing advice on resourcing and funding opportunities

  • Encouraging community participation in the delivery of services to communities in our District.

This work also involves collaboration with community agencies and groups to respond to the specific needs of our ethnic communities. These groups include:

  • Shakti Ethnic Women's Support Group - Central Region

  • Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council

  • Settlement Support NZ

The team also provides support to Citizenship Ceremonies the Council holds monthly, to acknowledge and welcome new citizens to the Western Bay of Plenty.  For more information about becoming a citizen, please visit the Department of Internal Affairs website.

Steve Hill Makahae Marae 

Page reviewed: 19 Jun 2017 11:26am