Activities for senior migrants

The Office for Seniors has provided funding to Multicultural Rotorua to offer free activities to senior migrants over the age of 55 years. The activities will be offered by Parksyde Activity Centre. Parksyde caters for the social, recreational, health and educational needs of the youthful 55 plus age group.

Here are the activities that senior migrants can attend ten times for free:

1 Embroidery, 9 am on Wednesdays
2 Beginners Tai Chi, 9 am on Wednesdays
3 Experienced Tai Chi, 10 am on Wednesdays
4 Indoor bowls, 1 pm on Wednesdays
5 Experienced Mahjong, 1 pm on Thursday
6 Seated aerobics for the unfit, 2.15 pm on Thursday
7 Table tennis for experienced players, 10.30 am on Friday

These sessions are free for migrants over 55 years of age.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your first session at Parksyde. Tell reception that you are a migrant and that you have come for a free activity funded by Multicultural Rotorua.

There will be free tea or coffee available to each migrant and a buddy from their class after the session has ended.

You can join the activities in any week; we hope that you will enjoy learning new skills and making new friends and that you will keep coming for ten sessions.

Parksyde is at 9 Tarewa Place. There is lots of free parking and there is a bus from Arawa Street every 30 minutes which stops nearby at 47 Tarewa Road. Take the number 5 bus to Western Heights.

Phone Parksyde on 07 348 9892 for more information.

Africa Culture Fashion Show

Looking forward to the Africa Culture Fashion Show that will be held at Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Road.

Tickets at $27.32 are available at

You are invited to come to the powhiri (welcome) for the organisers and runway models at 10 am on Saturday, 8 August 2020 at Apumoana. This event is free and a wonderful opportunity to experience a traditional Maori welcome and to see the beautiful wharenui (carved meeting house).

We need your opinion!

If you have been a participant in the Women’s Wellbeing Programmes of the Rotorua Multicultural Council you will find it thought-provoking to complete this survey. Also, for any other women who may want to share their views on what would make New Zealand an even better place to live for you and your daughters.

Imagine if Aotearoa New Zealand became best country in the world to be a woman. What would it look like? What would you need? What would you want? What would need to change?

Our nationwide YouChoose2020 survey launches today inviting women, womxn, wāhine and those who walk between the binary world, to share what they need and want from our political parties.

Amped to be part of this mahi alongside founding members of the Gender Justice Collective Te Roopu Manatika-ā-Ira. Now we need your voice. Take the survey and share with NZ women and non-binary peeps you know:

Making Aotearoa Home Workshop

Congratulations to Yani du Plessis from South Africa, a member of the Rotorua Multicultural Council, who has been selected to be the youth facilitator for the Making Aotearoa Home workshop for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 which will be held on Saturday, 8 August 2020 in Rotorua. If you are in that age group and you have arrived in New Zealand in the past five years, please register for this workshop. This is a free and informative event, you will be given lunch and a $25 voucher, and participation will look good on your CV.

More details:

Red Cross New Zealand offers help to temporary visa holders

New Zealand Red Cross is scaling up at speed to address the urgent needs of people on temporary visas in Aotearoa New Zealand who are experiencing serious hardship due to COVID-19.

From 1 July, people who are in need and on temporary visas can check their eligibility and apply through The programme will run for three months.

Working with Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs, who is managing the New Zealand Government’s Foreign Nationals Impacted by COVID-19 Programme (known by New Zealand Red Cross as ‘Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri’), New Zealand Red Cross will deliver in-kind assistance to help foreign nationals meet basic needs, such as food and accommodation.

“We know that this in-kind, individualised, temporary assistance will meet a real and urgent humanitarian need in Aotearoa. These are visitors in our home who we are pleased to work with Te Tari Taiwhenua to provide assistance to quickly, simply and with care,” says Rachel O’Connor, Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri Project Lead for New Zealand Red Cross.

Internal Affairs is administering the online system and processing applications. New Zealand Red Cross is delivering the assistance.

New Zealand Red Cross support will include needs assessments, local distribution of in-kind aid, psychosocial support, and engaging the community to ensure that our support is reaching the people who are eligible and most in need. 

New Zealand Red Cross believes in humanity and impartiality, and in providing support that is based on need and focused on upholding the dignity of the people we work with. As with everything New Zealand Red Cross does, the support New Zealand Red Cross provides will align with our Fundamental Principles.

For more than a century Red Cross has been at work in Aotearoa New Zealand, working with diverse Kiwi communities every day, in times of crisis and when disaster strikes. New Zealand Red Cross is intrinsically connected to local communities and knows that these relationships, including with other not-for-profit agencies, councils and Civil Defence groups, will enable this support to reach the people who are in need.

For more information:

Women’s Wellbeing Framework

Thanks to Tatau Tatau, the magazine of Rotorua Lakes Council, for this article about the Women’s Wellbeing Programme of the Rotorua Multicultural Council. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has provided sponsorship so that we can offer more of these programme. Send an email to [email protected] if you would like to join the next programme.

Professional speaking course

The 2020 Professional Speaking for Migrants course is now being planned.

For migrants from non-English backgrounds who can hold a one-to-one conversation in English and want to learn how to address an audience from a job interview panel to a group of work colleagues to a classroom of students.

The course is funded for those on residence visas. There will be a few places for those on work visas. The course is free but students pay $138 for entry to the Speech NZ Certificate in Professional Speaking examination which is part of the course.

Starting date: 24 June 2020.

Venue: The Arts Village.

Timing: every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 pm for 10 weeks.

Speech NZ examination: Saturday, 29 August 2020 from 9.30 am to about 2 pm.

Send an email to [email protected] to express your interest and receive a brochure with more information.

Kai Rotorua providing 200 kg of kumara

We are very grateful to Kai Rotorua for providing 200 kg of just-harvested kumara to our project which gives food parcels to migrants and international students in need during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Here is a recipe for using kumara (sweet potato) to make roti.