About

Who are we?

  • The Rotorua Multicultural Council is one of twenty Multicultural Councils around New Zealand
  • Together the Multicultural Councils form the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils with a head office in Wellington
  • The members of the Rotorua Multicultural Council are ethnic, cultural, religious and other organisations that operate in Rotorua to serve the interests of the migrant communities of our District, as well as individuals and organisations with an interest in our objectives
  • We mainly look after the interests of the 12,000 people out of the population of 70,000 of the Rotorua District who were not born in New Zealand

What are our objectives?

  • To promote and protect the interests of the many different cultural groups which make Rotorua a multicultural city
  • To raise consciousness among the cultural groups of the special status of Maori and their rights under the Treaty of Waitangi
  • To provide a forum for the cultural groups to share experiences and friendship with one another and with the wider Rotorua community
  • To support the cultural groups in protecting and sharing their cultural heritage and identity
  • To work on migrant settlement support with organisations such as the Rotorua Lakes Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau and English Language Partners

What do we do?

  • Obtain grants from various funders to give us the capacity to undertake our objectives
  • Represent our members and the cultural communities in discussions with Immigration New Zealand, Rotorua Lakes Council, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, the Federation of Multicultural Councils and other organisations
  • Provide a coordinator for the Rotorua Newcomers Network and support the events organised by the Network
  • Support projects such as the Professional Speaking for Migrants course, the OneChance Youth Awards, My Backyard Garden, Race Unity Awards and White Ribbon Day