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From all over the world, migrants and refugees come to make Palmerston North their home. While some of us have been here for a long time, some have only just arrived. Together we make Palmerston North a place where migrants are celebrated for their uniqueness and encouraged to discover the beauty and richness of all cultures represented in our community.

Manawatu Multicultural Council organizes and participates in events and activities that promote cultural diversity in Palmerston North. We also collaborate with surrounding organizations with various initiatives. Please see below the latest news and events in the Manawatu area:

OLYMPIC ATHLETES AROUND THE WORLD

 

๐Ÿ†Do you know any Olympic athletes from different countries over the world?
๐ŸŽ–What is your favourite sport in the Olympics?
๐ŸŽฝWho is your favourite Olympics athlete?
๐Ÿ“ฃCould you tell us more about the athlete?
๐Ÿ’ปSend the information in PDF file to Global Parents Support
globalparentsnz@gmail.com
They will print them and display at the PN Central Library.
ROSLYN LIBRARY SCHOOL HOLIDAY

 

Don't miss out on the fun-filled activities that Roslyn Library has in store for your kids this school holidays. For more details, kindly refer to the poster below.
POIPOIA TE PITOMATA 2024

 

Together with St John, we present Poipoia Te Pitomata 2024! We are delighted to continue such a successful programme, which has, over the last few years, extended to a well-rounded first aid training, aimed at youths aged 14-25 years old. Throughout last week, our rangatahi had the opportunity to enhance their wellbeing, leadership skills as well as first aid training knowledge and skills. Thank you to those who have joined us last week. We hope youโ€™ve come out of the programme with a lot of valuable knowledge. Our sincere thanks to Meghan, Hannah, and the rest of the team at St John for helping put this programme together and ensuring everything run smoothly for our participants. Lastly, thank you to Palmerston North Boysโ€™ High School for accommodating us and providing all the needed facilities.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION

 

Cooking demonstrations are always a fantastic way to learn diverse dishes from various countries. A big thank you to Hunter for sharing his delicious Chinese recipe, featuring Fried Triangle and Money Cake. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated!
If you're interested in leading a cooking demonstration, please contact us.
HAPPY PARENTS WORKSHOP

 

Last week, MMC collaborated with six awesome organizations in and around the city to present the Happy Parents Workshop. With this workshop, we hoped to give comprehensive information to families with preschool aged children about the range of services that are available to them.
Our massive thanks to Plunket Manawatu/Tararua, HIPPY Palmerston North, Parentline Manawatu, Manawatu Toy Library, Little Buds and Palmerston North City Library for their time and presented their services on the day, and thank you to everyone who came along to the workshop. We hope you all find it informative and useful.
For those of you that missed out on the workshop, you are welcome to visit us at our office to collect brochures from the different organizations.
POP UP PLAY!

 

Yesterday, MMC joined forces with Global Parents Support and Palmerston North City Council to present our first Pop Up Play! Held at Rangiora Community Hall, we had an absolute blast playing with everyone, and learning more about the world! Thank you everyone for joining us, we had so much fun and we hope you did too! Our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who helped us yesterday, from start to finish โ€“ you guys are wonderful and your help is much appreciated! Thank you to Volunteer Central for their assistance in recruiting some of our volunteers, to Global Parents Support and PNCC for such an amazing collaboration and support โ€“ as always! Lastly, thank you to Rangiora Community Hall and Rangiora Parks & Reserve for providing the venue and everything else we needed for a successful event.
Our Kids Market will be on next Sunday. Donโ€™t forget to come along, bring cash and support the stallholders.
See you all soon!!
INVITATION | UNTOLD STORIES

 

WW2 Displaced persons who settled in Palmerston North
Visit the Square Edge Community Arts to find out more. It will be there from 29th June until 23rd of July.
๐Ÿ“ Square Edge Arts Centre, in the Gallery, Ground floor, 47 The Square, Palmerston North
Untold stories tell the personal stories of six families from Central, Eastern & Southern Europe who settled in Palmerston North after the Second World War. New Zealand wanted skilled labour and up to 500 Displaced Persons came to fill that role. The stories cover their journey through war-torn Europe, their stay at the Pahiatua camp and their life in New Zealand. The exhibition includes a film and a book.
INVITATION | PREGNANCY HEALTH ZOOM SESSION

 

Free Pregnancy Health Information Zoom Session for Indian Women
Date: Mondays & Thursdays (please see exact dates below)
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Via Zoom
For more information and to register please contact 0800 435 724
or email teritoora@middlemore.co.nz
Organised by: Te Rito Ora & Te Whatu Ora Health NZ
INVITATION | CALL FOR POETRY!

 

Are you a talented poet eager to share your work with a wider audience?
Palmerston North City Library is seeking submissions of poetry. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your creativity and contribute to the vibrant literary community.
Email pncl@pncc.govt.nz or use the Poetry Machine submission form to submit your work. https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx...
Terms & Conditions: Poems must be previously unpublished, no more than 16 lines, and suitable for all ages. By submitting, you agree to the City Library sharing your work in print, digital and social media. You maintain ownership of your work.
INVITATION | HOW2 SCHOOL HOLIDAY ART WORSKHOP

 

๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ ๐‡๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐๐š๐ฒ ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ฌ
FREE WORKSHOPS
Are you a Former refugee, immigrant, migrant, asylum seeker, or belong to a minority group in New Zealand? We would love to support you in producing artwork
Artwork can be displayed in an upcoming art exhibition hosted by How2
๐Ÿ—“ Friday, 12th of July & Wednesday, 17th of July
๐Ÿ•˜ 10 am - 1 pm
๐Ÿ“ How2, 1 King Street, Palmerston North
Organised by: How2
INVITATION | GREEN PRESCRIPTION PROGRAMME

 

Green Prescription Programme
FREE PROGRAMME | Register Now!
๐Ÿ—“ Every Wednesdays, 31 July - 28 August 2024 (5 sessions)
๐Ÿ•˜ 10 - 11 am
๐Ÿ“ Barber hall, Central Energy Trust Arena, Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North
โ€ข Topics and exercises will differ every week. Below is the schedule.
โ€ข Registrations will be required to secure a place. Forms are physical, and can be obtained from our office.
โ€ข Where possible, resources and equipment used during the workshops will be given to participants, to ensure the sustainability of the exercises. Check out our Facebook Page for the weekly schedule details.
GRAB AND COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM AT OUR OFFICE! We are located at the Hancock Community House, open during the week at 10AM - 4PM.
RIVERDALE CULTURAL DAY

 

Riverdale School recently invited the Manawatu Multicultural Council to participate at their Cultural Day, held by the school on 21 June 2024. MMC had representatives from three of our community groups, who present their cultures in different forms during four sessions at school on the day. Ling Wang from our Chinese Community presented a Tai Chi session, Maimoona Fawad & Hina Humayun from Pakistan prepared an interactive display which included traditional clothing, music and dance, while Hitomi Wilson along with some amazing Japanese exchange students presented an Origami workshop and a Kendama workshop in two engaging and hands-on sessions with Riverdale School students.
It was wonderful to participate and see the richness of the cultures on display by the students that dressed in traditional clothing. MMC and the Welcoming Schools Programme look forward to seeing what Riverdale School has in store in 2025. The Post article by Warwick Smith: https://www.thepost.co.nz/.../richness-cultures-display...
POTLUCK DINNER | JAPAN

 

In the spirit of Matariki, MMC alongside the Japanese Community co-hosted the June Potluck Dinner at the end of last month, highlighting Tanabata ใŸใชใฐใŸ, also known as the Japanese star festival. We celebrated by having our attendees participate in writing wishes on tanzaku (็Ÿญๅ†Š), small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo - as practiced in present day Japan. This was followed by the enjoyment of incredible Japanese cuisines as well as mouth-watering dishes brought by all other communities.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Japanese Community for their amazing collaboration as well as for UCOLโ€™s wonderful venue support.
The next potluck dinner will be on Friday, 26 July at the Awapuni Community Centre.
See you all then!
ETC | INTRODUCTION TO CARE AND SUPPORT WORK

 

Are you a New Zealand resident or citizen keen to work in the health and wellbeing sector? This course is for you! ENROL NOW!
ETC English Teaching College has a programme called Introduction to Care and Support Work. This qualification is designed to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and well-being and to meet the requirements of employers in the industry.
๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž: 26th of August 2024
๐„๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‘๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: Interview
๐‚๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ: Free for NZ residents visa / NZ citizen
๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก: 14 weeks
๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 3 pm
๐‹๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: 140 The Square, Palmerston North
Few spaces left. Contact verity@etc.ac.nz for any inquiries.
Mฤ€NAWATIA A MATARIKI

 

Mฤnawatia a Matariki
According to Mฤori beliefs, the appearance of Matariki in the morning sky during mid-winter signifies the Mฤori New Year, or Te Mฤtahi o te Tau. It serves as a reminder to honour the departed, cherish the present, and plan for the future. This period is meant to be spent with family and friends, enjoying food (kai), songs (waiata), games (tฤkaro), and haka.
In the past, our ancestors looked to Matariki for assistance with their harvest. When Matariki vanished in April/May, it signaled the time to store crops for the upcoming winter. Upon its return in June/July, our ancestors would interpret the stars to forecast the upcoming season. A clear and bright array of stars indicated a warm and plentiful winter, while dim stars foretold a harsh season.
Due to the reliance on the Mฤori lunar calendar instead of the European one, the dates for Matariki vary each year. This year, Matariki will be observed from June 29 to July 6, with a national public holiday on June 28.
FREE READY TO RENT PROGRAMME

 

FREE Ready to Rent Programme
๐Ÿ—“ 8 - 9 August 2024
๐Ÿ•˜9:45 am - 2:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Te Aroha Noa Community Services, 18 Brentwood Ave, Palmerston North
RSVP by contacting Brydie
Email: brydie@tearohanoa.org.nz
Phone: 0220314386
Lunch is provided!
INVITATION | MCA SPORTS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

 

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿธ Sports Holiday Programmes with Manawatu Chinese Association (MCA)! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ“
Looking for some fun activities this school holiday? Join MCA for their exciting Sports Holiday Programmes featuring Ping Pong, Pickleball, and Badminton! ๐ŸŽ‰
See the posters below for more information.
To register, please fill out the online registration form here: https://forms.gle/76itTaSTGaxeGRLr5
INVITATION | GPS SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

 

Globetrotters upcoming Holiday Programme (FREE)
We need your help around the community
INVITATION | POP UP PLAY!

 

๐‚โ€™๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฒ, ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ!
๐Ÿ—“ 11 July 2024 (Thursday)
๐Ÿ•˜1:00 - 3:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Rangiora Community Hall, 103 Rangiora Ave, Roslyn, Palmerston North
Get ready for some FUN outdoor adventures during these school holidays as our popular Pop Up Play series returns! Head down to Rangiora Reserve on Thursday 11 July from 1PM-3PM to get involved and play some games from all around the world. A selection of games will be stationed around the Rangiora Community Centre Hall and Rangiora Reserve, designed and led by Manawatu Multicultural Council and Global Parents Support.
Itโ€™s the perfect opportunity to get outside (or stay inside) and spend some time with your whฤnau.
You are welcome to park in the Rangiora Community Centre car park or off street parking will be available.
This event is free for all ages and is in partnership with Manawatu Multicultural Council and Global Parents Support
INVITATION | DIABETES EDUCATION WORKSHOP

 

๐ƒ๐ข๐š๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ
The Manawatu, Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust provide FREE youth support services to people with diabetes and their family/whฤnau.

They provide support groups, camps and fun events for our young people and families. They also have education workshops focusing on different facets of Diabetes, including Prediabetes, Food Choices & Label Reading, Cooking Classes, Healthy Living.

Register HERE to join the FREE Workshops.
https://www.diabetestrust.org.nz/book-online

Organised by: MHT Diabetes Trust 
INVITATION | MMC COOKING DEMONSTRATION

 

๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง
๐Ÿ—“ 26 June 2024 (Wednesday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 12 pm
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House, 77 - 85 King Street, Palmerston North

This month's cooking demonstration will be hosted by Hunter, who will be making Chinese Dishes. Come along, try the meal and get the recipe!

If you would like to lead a cooking demo, please contact us.
INVITATION | POIPOIA TE PITOMATA REGISTRATION

 

Holiday Programme
๐๐จ๐ข๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐š ๐“๐ž ๐๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐š (๐‡๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ)
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 8 - 12 JULY 2024
๐Ÿ•˜ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Palmerston North Boys High School, 263 Featherston
Open to all young people aged 14 - 25
Free to participate!
To secure your spot, please click on the following link to register: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx...
Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity!
FIRST VOICE 2024

 

First Voice is an annual event held by Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School (PNINS) for students whose first language is not English. PNINS has many students who are bilingual and even multilingual and during the First Voice event, students are given the opportunity to showcase written use of their first language.
It has been proven that encouraging the active use of oneโ€™s first language can have positive effects on the childrenโ€™s self-esteem, their relationships with their parents, their eventual proficiency in other languages, and their learning in general.
The hugely successful event, held for the 25th time took place on the 11th of June at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. Students were assisted by volunteer mentors who also spoke their first language. Students completed their writing, which will be published by the Palmerston North Central Library next term.
A total of 26 languages were represented, and 66 students participated this year.
MMC is honoured to continue its collaboration with PNINS and the Palmerston North City Library to source volunteer mentors. A special thank you to all the mentors who supported the kids in writing their work in their own languages.
We look forward to the next round in 2025.
INVITATION | HAPPY PARENTS WORKSHOP

 

๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ
Learn about the available support in the city for families with preschool-aged children from diverse cultural backgrounds.
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 5 JULY 2024 (Friday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House (Double room), 77-85 King Street Palmerston North
This is a FREE Workshop.
INVITATION | KIDS MARKET REGISTRATION

 

The upcoming Kids Market registration is open now!
Online registration:
https://forms.gle/Er3ChSFTQ3Y1n4yCA

On the same day, we also have Global Market for aged 16 or above.
Find out the details at Manawatu Multicultural Council facebook.
INVITATION | GLOBAL MARKET REGISTRATION

 

Register Now!
Manawatu Multicultural Council and Global Parents Support are excited to introduce GLOBAL MARKET!

We are excited to seize this opportunity as a way to further recognize and respect the different cultures, as well as to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community. In accordance with the idea of Global Market, we kindly ask that products be centered around cultural themes.

We're excited to open our registrations, with the event details as follows:
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 21 JULY 2024 (Sunday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 1:00 - 4:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Te Manawa Museum

Please click here to register (Global Market) : https://forms.gle/R4o8Sd32iETo5nxw9

On the same day, we also have a Kid's Market.
Find out the details on Global Parents Support Facebook page
INVITATION | BRAZILIAN JUNINE PARTY

 

๐ŸŒฝ๐ŸŽ‰ Join the Brazilian Community for a vibrant Junine Party! ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Mark your calendars for June 30th, 2024, and get ready to experience the best of Brazilian culture! ๐ŸŽถ
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 30 June 2024 (Sunday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 1:00 - 4:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ PN Community Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Don't miss out on this unforgettable event!
INVITATION | RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY DAY

 

Come and plant some trees with us to care for our common home.
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 3rd of August 2024 (Saturday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 1:00 - 3:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Edwards Pit Park
Please bring gardening tools, water bottles and sturdy footwear.
Refreshments provided.
Organised by: Palmerston North Interfaith Group
INVITATION | 2024 SECONDARY SCHOOLS PACIFIC FESTIVALS

 

2024 Secondary Schools Pacific Festivals
20th Anniversary of Pasifika Fusion
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 3rd & 4th of July 2024
๐Ÿ•˜ 6:00 PM
๐Ÿ“ The Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Join us for a vibrant celebration featuring:
โ€ขQuiz
โ€ขDebate
โ€ขSpeeches
โ€ขCinematography
โ€ขCultural Performances
โ€ขDrama
โ€ขTalent Showcase
โ€ขVisual Arts
โ€ขWearable Arts
And much more! Stay tuned for updates on their Facebook page.
INVITATION | PASIFIKA FUSION LEGACY

 

๐๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ค๐š ๐…๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐‹๐ž๐ ๐š๐œ๐ฒ
Celebrating Pasifika Culture through dance
Save the date!
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 2 July 2024 (Tuesday)
๐Ÿ“The Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
HAPPY WOMAN WORKSHOP

 

What an incredible time we had at the Happy Woman Workshop last Friday! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us.
It was a day filled with celebration and support for women's well-being, featuring invaluable insights, resources, and encouragement from various agencies. From meaningful discussions on family support to exploring pathways for personal growth, we came together to nurture ourselves and each other.
A special thanks goes to Te Manawa Museum for providing the perfect venue for our gathering. And a huge thank you to all the supporting agencies whose generosity made this empowering event possible!
INVITATION | POP UP PLAY

 

๐‚'๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐‹๐ž๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ
Exciting times ahead this July school holidays with the return of our popular Pop-Up Play series!
โ€ข Join our FREE sessions suitable for all ages.
โ€ข Explore more by clicking the links provided below.
๐€๐ก๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐’๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง
๐‹๐ข๐›๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐š๐ค๐ž๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ
๐Œ๐Œ๐‚/๐†๐๐’ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐
INVITATION | POWHIRI FOR NEWCOMERS

 

Pลwhiri for Newcomers
Join us for a powhiri (formal welcoming), morning tea and a walking tour of the city centre.
This is a FREE event!
๐Ÿ—“ 6 July 2024 (Saturday)
๐Ÿ•˜10:30 am
๐Ÿ“ Te Manawa Museum, 326 Main Street, Palmerston
INVITATION | HOW2 LEARNING PROGRAMME (SESSION 3)
๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’
Session 3 - Educational Support for Refugees
presented by Indra Dulal & Sara Kian
Food is provided and interpreters are available.
๐Ÿ—“ 16 June 2024 (Sunday)
๐Ÿ•˜12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ 1 King Street, Palmerston North
INVITATION | SUBSTANCE ABUSE WORKSHOP
๐Ÿ“ข Join us for a Substance Abuse Learning Session, open to youth, adults, and anyone eager to learn more about this critical issue.
๐Ÿ—“ Date: 21 June 2024 (Friday)
๐Ÿ•˜ Time: 6 pm - 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Community Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston
Gain valuable insights into substance abuse, its impacts, and how to prevent it. Let's come together to foster a healthier, safer environment for all.
Don't miss out! Spread the word and see you there!
INVITATION | WICKED WEDNESDAY! 
For All Ages and Abilities!
Wicked Wednesday's is an inviting and inclusive space where individuals of all abilities can come together to play, engage and connect by participating in a variety of activities and sensory experience.
๐Ÿ—“Every Wednesday
๐Ÿ•˜5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Massey Recreation Centre
MANAWATU CHINESE ASSOCIATION | COME ALONG TO OUR OP SHOP 
Sunday 2pm to 5pm in the front room of their building on 98 Napier Road
Go Shop and Support! ๐Ÿ™‚
INVITATION | SONGS & PRAISES 2024: REGISTER NOW

 

Register Now! Songs & Praises 2024
๐ŸŽถ Embrace the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions from around the world at our upcoming event๐ŸŽต
Experience the beauty of ethnic songs, praises, and spiritual traditions as we come together in harmony and celebration.
๐Ÿ“… Date: 21 September 2024
๐Ÿ•’ Time: 2 pm - 5 pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys' High School
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the diverse melodies and rhythms that unite us all.
Click the link below to register and secure your spot:
Spread the word and invite your friends and family to join us for an unforgettable afternoon of music, culture, and community!
INVITATION | HOW2 LEARNING PROGRAMME

 

Join us in understanding the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) with Leigh Scott from the Ministry of Education.
You (parents) will have the opportunity to better understand how your children learn in the New Zealand context and how you can support them.
Food is provided and interpreters are available.
๐Ÿ—“ 8 June 2024 (Saturday)
๐Ÿ•˜11:30 am - 12:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ 1 King Street, Palmerston North
INVITATION | HAPPY WOMAN WORKSHOP

 

๐Ÿ—“ 14 June 2024 (Friday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Te Manawa Museum, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
We invite all women to join our upcoming, inclusive event at no cost. The workshop will focus on women's well-being, family support, and resources from supporting agencies.
Lunch is Provided.
Please click here to register: https://forms.office.com/r/sypHH5cX9v
INVITATION | MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK DINNER 

 

๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿœ Join us for a Multicultural Potluck Dinner with Japanese Flavours! ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฑ๐ŸŒธ
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ When: 21 June 2024 (Friday)
๐Ÿ•˜ Time: 6pm
๐Ÿ“ Where: UCOL Atrium, 18 Princess Street, Palmerston North
Experience the taste of Japan at our upcoming event! From sushi to tempura, miso soup to mochi, indulge in a variety of Japanese dishes as we celebrate the vibrant culture of Japan.
In addition to the delicious feast, immerse yourself in fun and interactive activities to honor the Japanese Star Festival. It's an evening filled with laughter, culinary delights, and the opportunity to connect with people from diverse backgrounds.
Don't forget to bring a dish to share with everyone!
See you there! ๐Ÿ‘‹โœจ
WORLD REFUGEE DAY

 

๐ŸŒ Join us to acknowledge World Refugee Day 2024! ๐ŸŒ
Let's come together to honour the resilience, courage, and strength of refugees around the world. In our pursuit of building a more inclusive and compassionate community, let's celebrate the contributions and journeys of refugees.
๐Ÿ“… Date: Saturday, 22nd June 2024
๐Ÿ•˜ Time: 12 pm - 3 pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Central Baptist Church, 190 Church Street, Palmerston North
Let's stand in solidarity and make a difference! Spread the word and invite your friends and family. Together, we can create positive change. See you there!
YOUTH HARMONIES | MULTICULTURAL MELODIES

 

Yesterday, we concluded the celebration of Youth Week by putting on a small instrumental concert at The Plaza. The concert, titled โ€œYouth Harmonies: Multicultural Melodiesโ€ featured 3 youth performers, who showcased several traditional instruments โ€“ Guzheng and Hulusi. We were pleased to be able to perform and answer questions from the public about how to play the instruments. Our thanks to Nancy, Xinyun and Xinrui for their amazing performances, and lastly to the Plaza for accommodating and supporting us.

POTLUCK DINNER | YOUTH & GAMES

 

Our Mayโ€™s potluck dinner celebrated the recent Youth Week. We were grateful for the presence of the Globetrotters team, who presented their activities and achievements over the last year. Congratulations to all the Globetrottersโ€™ members and coordinators who put in outstanding efforts into each of these initiatives. The dinner was amazing, with many of our guests cooking and bringing their plates to share  - thank you everyone who attended and for sharing! To conclude the dinner, we played rounds of โ€œPop the Balloonโ€, trivia and paper dodgeball. Our massive thanks to Bao and Katie for their awesome MC work. Lastly, as always, thank you to the Community Leisure Centre for accommodating us.

YOUTH HARMONIES

 

๐ŸŽถ Youth Harmonies ๐ŸŽถ
In celebration of Youth week this week. Join us for a mesmerizing musical journey featuring enchanting performances on the Traditional Chinese Cucurbit Flute and the Guzheng!
๐Ÿ“… Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
๐Ÿ•˜ Time: 11:30 am - 11:45 am
Experience the beauty and elegance of traditional Chinese music, brought to life right here at The Plaza Shopping Centre. Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies and intricate rhythms performed by talented musicians.
But that's not all! We'll also have exciting games and spot prizes for you to enjoy. Don't miss out on the fun!
Mark your calendars and spread the word.
MULTICULTURAL PLAYGROUP x HIPPY PALMERSTON NORTH

 

Come along, meet and connect with other children and parents from our diverse multicultural communities!
Chat and learn about HIPPY Palmerston North!
๐Ÿ—“ 27 May 2024 (Monday)
๐Ÿ•˜11:30 am
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House, 77-85 King Street, Palmerston North
PHILIPPINES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

 

Everyone is welcome! Come along and join the Filipino community, Philippine Central Association here in Palmerston North to celebrate their Independence Day
๐Ÿ—“ 8th of June (Saturday)
๐Ÿ“ 9 am -The Square, Palmerston North
๐Ÿ“ 10 am - Palmerston North City Library
Please bring a plate to share.
AOTERAOA SPANISH LANGUAGE WEEK

 

Tarde de chicos: Join us for an afternoon filled with music and storytelling!
Children will have the opportunity to learn charming Spanish songs and be captivated by enchanting popular tales. Perfect for young learners and families looking to immerse themselves in a fun, educational experience. Donโ€™t miss out on this wonderful cultural adventure!
๐Ÿ—“ 26 May 2024 (Sunday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 2 pm
๐Ÿ“ Palmerston North City Library, Mezzanine Floor
Link to the event page can be found on our Facebook Page.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION | BANGLADESH

 

We are always excited to offer unique opportunities for cultural exchange and appreciation through the universal language of food. Just last week, our most recent cooking demonstration celebrated two Bengali dishes: Squash Ghonto and Bhapa Chingri. Attendees enjoyed the live demonstration and tasting session, with many leaving with recipes and expanded taste buds. Thank you to Maitreyee for facilitating the session and sharing her knowledge and skills with all of us. Thank you everyone who attended โ€“ we look forward to seeing you all at the next cooking demonstration.

AOTEAROA SPANISH LANGUAGE WEEK

 

How Spanish came to be: A brief history of the development of Espaรฑol
Come to an entertaining presentation on the influences that came together to form and enrich the Spanish language, from Latin and Arabic to Quechua and Nahuatl.
๐Ÿ—“ 21 May 2024 (Tuesday)
๐Ÿ•˜10:30 am - 11:30 am
INVITATION | WATER SAFETY DAY

 

Come and learn an enriching day of aquatic education and fun-filled family activities at the Water Safety Day event!
๐Ÿ—“ 25 May 2024 (Saturday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 10 am - 3 pm
๐Ÿ“ Splashhurst Community Pool, Ashhurst
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enhance your water safety skills while having a good time with your family!
YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK WORKSHOP

 

In this engaging workshop, participants explored the rights afforded to them as employees. Through lively discussions, attendees gained valuable insights into what to expect when we start work, health & safety matters, leave entitlements as well as help and support that are available in the area. Dean, from the E Tu union provided practical tips for navigating workplace challenges and advocating for one's rights effectively. We would like to thank Dean Hyde for delivering his materials and sharing his knowledge, as well as all the attendees. We hope you discovered plenty of information that will assist you in your job and employment journey.

CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY 2024

 

Yesterday marked another celebration of a remarkable journey for our newest citizens. Congratulations to these individuals, and we wish you all the best as you embark on this exciting new chapter. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved - including PNCC, MMC board members, staff, volunteers, officials and community members.

INVITATION | COOKING DEMONSTRATION

 

Come along, Learn and Taste!
๐Ÿ—“ 17 May 2024 (Friday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 12 pm
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House, 77 - 85 King Street, Palmerston North
Next Friday's cooking demonstration will be hosted by Maitreyee, who will be making Traditional Bengali Dishes. Come along, try the meal and get the recipe!
If you would like to lead a demonstration, then please email admin@mmcnz.org.nz or call 06 358 1572 on weekdays, 10 am-4 pm.
YOUTH WEEK
Get ready to celebrate Youth Week in style! Join this exciting lineup of events hosted by various organizations in the city.
Don't miss out on the fun - mark your calendars and come make memories!
INVITATION | MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK DINNER

Date: May 24, 2024 (Friday)

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: PN Community Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North

 

๐ŸŒŸ ALL ARE WELCOME! ๐ŸŒŸ

 

Join us in celebrating Youth Week at our Multicultural Potluck Dinner! Indulge in a delightful evening filled with:

  • Mouthwatering dishes from various cultures
  • Fun-filled youth-themed games
  • Building new connections and networks
Bring your favourite dish to share and let's make this a memorable evening together! Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet new people, connect with fellow migrants, and enjoy a delicious feast!
JOIN OUR FREE CLASSES!
๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“š Join Our FREE Classes! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“š
๐ŸŽ‰All Are Welcome! ๐ŸŽ‰
โœจ Unlock new opportunities, make friends, and expand your horizons!
๐Ÿ‘ฅ Bring your friends and family! Open to all, regardless of residency or visa status.
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House (MMC room), 77 - 85 King Street, Palmerston North
๐Ÿ“ฉ For more information: E-mail us at admin@mmcnz.org.nz or ring us at 06 358 1572
MIND & BODY CLASS
Are you ready to get active? Join our Mind & Body class!
๐Ÿ—“ Every Fridays
๐Ÿ•˜ 6:15PM - 7PM
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House (MMC room), 77 - 85 King Street, Palmerston North
Limited spots available.
Register now by clicking this link https://forms.gle/mKJcLt2iLwZ9QgF16
KIDS MARKET (APRIL 2024)

Yesterday, MMC joined forces once again with Global Parents Support to host yet another fantastic Kids Market! On behalf of both organizations, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the parents and children for their enthusiastic participation. It was an absolute joy to see all the smiling faces and creative energy throughout the day.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended and visited our market - we hope you had as much fun as we did that that you found some wonderful treasures created/brought by the talented kids. We canโ€™t wait to welcome you back to another Kids Market next school holidays! Lastly, we would like thank Te Manawa Museum for their accommodation, collaboration, and support. Please keep an eye out on our page for the registration of the next Kids Market!

KNIT LIKE A NINJA!
Learn to knit or crochet and be part of an exciting new community art project!
DATES:
๐Ÿ—“ 12th May (Sunday) | 1 pm - 3 pm
๐Ÿ—“ 16th May (Thursday) | 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
๐Ÿ—“ 20th May (Monday) | 10 am - 12 pm
MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK DINNER | THAI

Just last week, MMC teamed up with the Thai Community to co-host the April Potluck Dinner. We had a delicious feast, with many guests bringing cuisines that highlight each of their traditional delicacies. Adding to the merriment were two captivating Thai dance performances as well as a delightful play put on by one of MMCโ€™s talented English teachers and students. 

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Thai Community for their amazing collaboration, the Thai dance performers, as well as Shubangi and her team of students for the wonderful performance. Last but not least, thank you to Youth Space for accommodating us so wonderfully, as always.

See you all at the next event!

INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER VISIT

On April 24th, we were honoured to welcome the Indian High Commissioner, Neeta Bhushan, to MMC. This special occasion provided a wonderful opportunity to delve into the rich cultural and diplomatic connections between India and New Zealand. Thank you to everyone who joined us and had the chance to engage with Her Excellency. Together, we celebrated diversity and deepened community ties.

ANZAC DAY

On Anzac Day - 25 April 2024, MMC President Ranjita and MMC Vice-President Karimee honoured ANZAC Day at The Square by laying a wreath in remembrance. We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Kathleen, our volunteer, for her dedicated time in making the wreath for this year's ceremony.

INVITATION | YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK WORKSHOP

 

๐ŸŒŸ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐…๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ - ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‘๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐€๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐ŸŒŸ
Join us on 14th May 2024 (Tuesday) from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Hancock Community House, 77-85 King Street, Palmerston, for an empowering workshop designed just for you!
๐Ÿ“‹ Topics covered include:
โ€ข What you should expect when you start work
โ€ข Health & safety tips
โ€ข Understanding your leave entitlements
โ€ข "Where to get help when I need it?"
โ€ข Exploring the role of unions
RSVP now to secure your spot! Click here: https://forms.gle/jKKhssG8Gp2wkDfZA

Don't miss out on this invaluable opportunity to equip yourself with essential knowledge and resources for your professional journey. See you there!

INVITATION | MULTICULTURAL PLAYGROUP & LIFETALKS

Come along, meet, and connect with other children and parents from our diverse multicultural communities.

๐Ÿ—“ Every Mondays (during TERM time)

๐Ÿ•˜ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House, 77-85 King Street, Palmerston North

INVITATION | MAY MUSIC MONTH

Join us as Palmy celebrates NZ Music Month with over 50 free gigs showcasing homegrown talent throughout the CBD in May. This initiative, organised by Palmy BID, aims to honour local musicians while inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of live music in key locations across the city.

Come be a part of the festivities, support our local artists, and enjoy the diverse sounds of New Zealand music.

View the Gig guide here:

http://palmybid.co.nz/musicmonth/

INVITATION | INTRODUCTION TO CARE & SUPPORT WORK
Are you a New Zealand resident or citizen keen to work in the health and wellbeing sector? This course is for you! ENROL NOW!
ETC English Teaching College has a new programme called Introduction to Care and Support Work. This qualification is designed to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and well-being and to meet the requirements of employers in the industry.
๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž: 29th April 2024
๐„๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‘๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: Interview
๐‚๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ: Free for NZ residents visa / NZ citizen
๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก: 14 weeks
๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 3 pm
๐‹๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: 140 The Square, Palmerston North
If you have any questions, please e-mail verity@etc.ac.nz.
INVITATION | HOW2 LEARNING PROGRAMME 2024

Join us in exploring the New Zealand education system with Cinthia from the Ministry of Education. Where they will discuss and answer any questions you may have about the education in New Zealand.

๐Ÿ—“ 23 April 2024 (Tuesday)

๐Ÿ•˜12 pm - 1 pm

๐Ÿ“ 1 King Street, Palmerston North

INVITATION | PLANNING PALMY EXPO

"Come find out more about what Council does, find out about upcoming work, and ask your questions to staff and elected members. Weโ€™d love to see you at the Planning Palmerston North Expo on Saturday 20 April 10am-1pm at the Conference and Function Centre on Main Street. Weโ€™ll have staff and our elected members able to answer any and all questions about what Council does and our projects. We'll also have recycling trucks that the kids can sit in, a digger, water pipes and lots of other activities that will keep the kids entertained while you have a chat!

Your feedback on upcoming water, transport, waste, housing and growth projects as part of our Long Term Plan is important to us - so weโ€™ll be all ears!

Find out more about proposed community facilities, our Future Growth strategy, and a review of the rating system too.

This event is FREE. We canโ€™t wait to see you!

Council's Long Term Plan consultation will run from Monday 8 April to 9 May. Have your say at www.pncc.govt.nz/ltp" - Palmerston North City Council

INVITATION | HIPPY TERM 2 ENROLMENTS
HIPPY Palmerston North is currently enrolling families for term 2.
Please see the poster for more information.
INVITATION | COMMUNITY GARDEN GALORE

 

Global Parents Support is organizing a holiday programme: Community Garden Galore for aged 9-15 students.

Online registration:

https://forms.gle/PwoGnfhK81A811Tp7

 

๐Ÿ—“ 24 April 2024 (Wednesday)

๐Ÿ•˜11 am - 12:30 pm

๐Ÿ“ Te Patikitiki Library, Palmerston North

INVITATION | GLOBAL LUNCH TASTING

Global Parents Support is looking for families with school age children to join the Global Lunch Tasting event. Would you like to taste different cultural lunches with your school age children?

 

Online registration:

https://forms.gle/mWoxrK2VdrNgGLRf7

 

๐Ÿ—“ 20 April 2024 (Saturday)

๐Ÿ•˜12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

๐Ÿ“ Te Manawa Museum

INVITATION | C'MON PALMY, LET'S PLAY!

FREE Outdoor activities during School Holidays! Open to all ages!

Y Central Play Trailer
๐Ÿ—“ 15 April 2024 (MONDAY)
๐Ÿ•˜11:00 am - 1:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Savage Crescent Park
Nature Explorers Time (Story Walks)
๐Ÿ—“ 16 April 2024 (TUESDAY)
๐Ÿ•˜11:00 am - 1:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Ahimate reserve
Giant Games
๐Ÿ—“ 19 April 2024 (FRIDAY)
๐Ÿ•˜11:00 am - 1:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Railway Land, Basketball Court Opening

Keep an eye on Palmerston North City Council for updates.

VOLUNTEER GET TOGETHER

We had an amazing afternoon yesterday, celebrating our volunteers! Weโ€™d like to express our sincere thanks to all who came out to the Volunteer Get Together. We are incredibly grateful for your dedication and hard work. It was an awesome event celebrating your contributions and connect with fellow volunteers at MMC. Our staff shared information on who we are, what we do, and volunteering opportunities from different aspects of our organization: administrative, regular classes and activities, events and programmes, as well as community connector. Weโ€™d like to once again thank each and every one of our volunteers for your commitment to making a difference in our community. Your efforts are truly appreciated, and we feel very fortunate to have such amazing individuals on our team. Letโ€™s keep the volunteer spirit alive and continue making a positive impact together!

 If you are interested to volunteer with MMC, please contact us on info@mmcnz.org.nz or call us on (06) 358 1572. Plenty of volunteering opportunities available!

INVITATION | ROSLYN LIBRARY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Don't miss out on the fun-filled activities that Roslyn Library has in store for your kids this April 2024 school holidays. For more details, kindly refer to the posters below.
INVITATION | GLOBETROTTERS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Register Now!
Global Parents Support is hosting a Holiday Programme: Globetrotters (Learning while Helping). Online registration here: https://forms.gle/8twPtktQji3s14GD9
MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK DINNER | INDIA

Last Thursday, we hosted another fantastic Potluck Dinner with an Indian theme. A big thank you to everyone who participated and shared their dishes. Thank you to Ling, who performed a wonderful Tibetan dance called Kelsang Meiduo. The event was filled with a delightful variety of multicultural cuisines, making it truly special. Special thanks to all attendees, volunteers, and MMC staff for contributing to the success of this event!

INVITATION | KIDS MARKET (APRIL 2024)
Come along to our next kids market! Details are as follows:
๐Ÿ—“ 28th April 2023 (Sunday)
๐Ÿ•˜ 1 - 4 pm
๐Ÿ“ Te Manawa Museum, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
Come and support the kids at KIDS MARKET!
Bring cash and buy something you like from the young stall owners!
UCOL INTERNATIONAL DAY
Congratulations to UCOL Manawatu for a successful International Day! We had a lot of fun meeting their students and community. We were treated with some amazing cultural performances. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
INVITATION | ACUPOINT THERAPY
Join us!
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 27th March 2024 (Wednesday)
๐Ÿ•’ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Hancock Community House, 77-85 King Street, Palmerston North
INVITATION | HAVE A CHAT GARDENING
Join us to share your experience and learn more about gardening.
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 9th of April (Tuesday)
๐Ÿ•’ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
๐Ÿ“ MCA Hall, 98 Napier Road, Palmerston North
Morning Tea will be provided.
NEPALI SCHOOL VISIT
We had an incredible time visiting the Nepali School last weekend! It was an enriching experience immersing ourselves in Nepali culture, language, and traditions. A big thank you to the Nepali School for welcoming us with open arms and for providing such a warm and inclusive learning environment. Your commitment to preserving and promoting Nepali heritage is truly commendable.
We extend our gratitude to all the students, teachers, and staff for their hospitality and for sharing their knowledge and experiences with us. This visit was not only educational but also a celebration of cultural diversity and unity.
"AN OPEN BOOK"
Thank you all to those who attended "An Open Book," an event marking 31 years of service by the Manawatu Multicultural Council.  In this panel interview, we had the honour of delving into the unique backgrounds and stories of some of our ethnic community members. Anne Odogwu from Italy, Meriam Findlay from the Philippines, Chuda Ghimire from Bhutan, and Mohammad Ali Karimee from Afghanistan shared their journeys, facilitated by Lyal Brenton. From tales of resilience to moments of triumph, these individuals painted a vivid picture of their experiences, offering invaluable insights into the diverse fabric of our community.
Held at the Palmerston North City Library on March 16, the event was a melting pot of heartwarming anecdotes, thought-provoking discussions, and inspiring revelations. It served as a powerful reminder of the strength that lies in embracing our differences and celebrating our shared humanity. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Palmerston North City Library for hosting us and providing a welcoming space for this enriching exchange. Special thanks also go out to Lyal Brenton and our esteemed ethnic community members and all participants for their invaluable contributions and unwavering support.
HAPPY WOMAN WORKSHOP
On the 15th of March, a huge thank you to everyone who attended the Happy Woman Workshop!  This inclusive workshop was a celebration of women's well-being, involving valuable insights, resources, and support from various agencies. From discussions on family support to exploring avenues for personal growth, it was a day dedicated to nurturing ourselves and each other.
We're grateful to everyone who joined us for this empowering experience. Special thanks to Te Manawa Museum for providing the perfect setting for our gathering. And of course, a huge Thank you to all the supporting agencies who generously contributed to making this event possible!
RACE RELATIONS DAY 
Today, we stand together to observe Race Relations Day!
It's a time to reflect on the importance of understanding, respect, and acceptance in our diverse society. Let's take this moment to celebrate our differences and embrace the richness they bring to our community.
Join us as we commemorate Race Relations Day, and mark your calendars for our upcoming Potluck Dinner on March 28th. Together, let's continue fostering unity through diversity. Your participation makes our community stronger and more inclusive. See you at the Potluck Dinner!