Welcoming Newcomers and Migrants
We are working with the community to roll out the welcome mat to newcomers, including migrants, former refugees and international students, as well as New Zealanders relocating to the Gore District.
Welcoming Communities is about making newcomers feel at home here, that we accept their culture and identity, and that there are opportunities for them to succeed. Having a sense of belonging helps people to settle more quickly, and enhances social cohesion.
We have been accredited as an Established Welcoming Community.
Creating a Welcoming Community
In the Gore district we believe communities that make newcomers feel welcome, ‘manaakitanga’, are likely to enjoy greater social cohesion, and resulting social outcomes and stronger economic growth.
We can provide settlement support information, connect you with relevant organisations and make you aware of workshops, events and activities all aimed at making your move to the Gore District as supported as possible.
Want to know more? Talk to our Community Empowerment Coordinator Mark McCann, phone 021-327-611, or email [email protected]
The Gore District Welcome Plan aims to create a realistic and achievable path forward to assist all newcomers to become part of the Gore community. The plan sets out ways the Gore community can embrace and be proactive in inviting those new to the District, as well as actions for the newcomers to integrate into their new home.
We believe communities are healthier, more vibrant, happier and more productive when those new to the area are welcomed. A strong, vibrant community is one that enables all members of the community to participate in its economic, civic and social life.
You can read our Welcome Plan here.
Living in the Gore District - check our our GoreNZ website for lots of useful, local information.
Welcome to Southland - this has lots of information about the province to help newcomers settle in.
Your Guide to Living and Working in NZ - this New Zealand Government website is packed with useful, reliable information to help you get settled.
Multi-lingual Information Service - a free service providing information to migrants settling in New Zealand, in their preferred language.