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What we've been up to...


We are now open five days a week

Monday 9-2
Tuesday 9-2
Wednesday 9-2
Thursday 9-2
Friday 9-2

We have held our AGM and we now have a new committee in place. I would like to take this time to welcome the returning members as well as the new members and thank them for their time and energy they put into Multicultural Whangarei. We are excited about what the coming year will bring.

Committe members are:  
Jos Taylor-Colthurst is the chairperson. Jos is a retired teacher from New Zealand, Jos is very dedicated to the centre and has been a  member of the centre for many years.

Pragna Nandra is the treasurer. Pragna is from India. Pragna is very enthusiastic about her role as treasurer and brings her enthusiasm and knowledge to everything she does

Eden Donald is from Ethiopia and is an enthusiastic member of the committee as well as a volunteer in the centre.

Petra Hupfeld came to New Zealand from Germany in 2014. Petra is the the coordinator for the Whangarei Newcomers Network as well as she works full time as a mortgage broker.

Suzzette Monroe is our newest member of the committee .Suzzette is passionate about serving the community and has previously been involved with St John Youth, St John Ambulance (Great Barrier Island) & The Aotea Family Support Group (Great Barrier Island) . Suzzette is from New York in the United States of America, she has lived in New Zealand for over 17 years.  

Every Friday is shared lunch at Multicultural Whangarei. Bring something to share and join us at 12 o'clock for lunch. A great way to meet new friends and try new foods.

Knitting Group is every second Tuesday at 10am. It is for knitters of all levels and we have three very experienced knitters sharing their skills with us.

Our Mums group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Its a great way to meet other mums who are new to the area.

Monday November 28th will be our christmas crafts day. Please call and register so that we know how many supplies to purchase.

On December 11th we will be having our annual Christmas party at Mair Park. Everyone is welcome!! More details to come.

Migrant Employment Assistance Programme (MEAP)
This Programme is funded by Ministry of Social Devlopment to Provide services for Migrants in the Northland Region. It is to assist migrants in accessing employment and employers in locating skilled and unskilled migrants.

The services are available to
  • skilled migrant workers
  • partners of skilled migrants
  • international students with skills and qualifications
  • employed migrants who wish to increase their work hours
  • migrants/ newcomers seeking employment
The MEAP is focused on providing information, advocacy and mentoring for individuals and looking at the family as a whole.
Are you looking for a central and affordable venue for your next meeting?
Multicultural Whangarei can offer rooms for
  • business meetings
  • workshops
  • group meetings
  • cultural events
  • christmas gatherings

For more information, please contact:
Multicultural Whangarei
71 Bank Street
(09) 430 0571

Where to learn more about NZ?

This month, I would like to introduce Kiwi North to our readers.For more information go to
Kiwi North is set on 25 hectares of rolling, volcanic farmland, forest and bush, with views that overlook the city of Whangarei and the Whangarei Heads. The site features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house and gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings. Pack a picnic and explore this unique site. 



The Chinese Consulate Services will be in Whangarei on Sunday December 4th.  Appoinments are not required just stop in to speak with them.
Date: Sunday December 4, 2016
Time: 9am- 1pm
Where: Multicultural Whangarei Office  71 Bank Street


Our volunteers are working on putting together an Ethnic cookbook as a fundraiser for Multicultural Whangarei. We are hoping to fill it with recipes from many ethnicities so please share your most loved recipes with us.

Please send your recipes to  Include your name and contact information.Everyone who submitts a recipe will be entered in a draw to win a prize.
Computer Cafe

Did you know that we have two computers in our centre that are available for members to use. Please feel welcome to come and use the computers.  
Some uses are 

  • webcam/skype
  • Practice your typing/computer skills
  • TradeMe
  • Facebook
  • Work on your CV
  • Email
  • Job Applications
  • Housing Applications

Use of the computers is FREE.



October has been a very busy month for Multicultural Whangarei. 

Not only did we have our AGM but Saturday 22nd saw the committee and our volunteers working to make our Ethnic Football Festival a success.

At our AGM Suzzette Monroe was elected onto our committee and our new name of Multicultural Whangarei was ratified as the name we function under in our daily en devours to help migrants and newcomers settle in to our district. Our vision, aims and objectives remain the same and we are proud of the service we provide. The name, Whangarei Migrant Centre Incorporated, is now used to conduct all our business and trading, as a charitable, not for profit organisation. 

The Ethnic Football Festival was a tremendous success.The day was generously supported by the Whangarei Police. Mo Atique did a brilliant job of setting up the teams and matches. I would like to thank all of the committee, our staff and our volunteers and their families, for being on their feet for up to seven hours. I am proud of you all and it helped make this day a success. 

I would like to thank each and every player, that took part in the tournament and their management and supporters. Your sportsmanship and enthusiastic participation made this community event a day to remember. It is the first of many and we will contact you to let you know when next year's tournament will be.  Alexis LewGor, the President of Multicultural New Zealand, attended the football tournament and presented the trophies. Rakeesh Naidoo, from the Human Rights Commission also attended. They both traveled up to Whangarei to support us on our day and we greatly appreciated the support they gave us for our first Ethnic Football Festival. Astrid took some amazing photographs, so please look at our facebook page  (Multicultural Whangarei)  to experience what a marvelous event it was and will be next year. 

Our Migrant Employment Assistance Program (MEAP) is up and running. It is a free program and I encourage you all to take advantage of it, whether it be for yourselves or your family and friends. 

We are now looking forward to our Xmas BBQ  on December 11th. It is a day for family and friends to enjoy and our invitation goes out to you all. It is in Mair Park, right behind the playground under the trees, so all of us can enjoy a relaxed meal and parents can keep an eye on their children. 

Best wishes to you all.
Jos Taylor-Colthurst.

What else is on in the city this month?

Please check our website for more detail or just add our calendar in yours.

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