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We're growing our Welcoming Communities Monday, 7 September 2020

Do you want to have a Welcoming Community? Immigration New Zealand (INZ) wants to hear from you.

Expressions of Interest sought from Councils for new members of the Welcoming Communities Programme

Following the success of the two-year pilot of the Welcoming Communities – Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori, INZ now wants to hear from Councils and communities that would like to join the programme.

Creating thriving regions and inclusive communities are the aims behind the INZ-led Welcoming Communities programme. INZ provides funding, accreditation, information, networking, programme evaluation and guidance to councils on welcoming newcomers – recent migrants, former refugees, international students, and anyone moving into their community.

Late last year the Government approved $6.67 million worth of funding over four years for a nationwide rollout of the programme. INZ’s aim is to get a further 30 communities on-board and participating.

Who can join?

Welcoming Communities is open to any council and community that wants to make their region even more welcoming to newcomers.

However, INZ wants to make sure the time is right for potential participants to join the programme. Applicants should:

  • be clear about the benefits they see for newcomers and local residents and be clear on why they want to join the programme.
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  • be able to show their local council and their community are all committed to participating in the programme
  • describe how they have looked at partnering with mana whenua to implement Welcoming Communities as part of preparing their application
  • have a successful track record in collaborating with local and national partners to implement other initiatives and programmes.

How to apply

Applicants should download the EOI Form  and contact INZ to find out more about Welcoming Communities, or to talk through their EOI application. We see this as an ongoing, two-way conversation.

 Welcoming Communities - Expression of Interest form PDF 429KB

There is no set timeframe for the EOI forms to be submitted – apply when you are ready. But those keen to join in 2020/21 are encouraged to submit their EOI Form by 30 November 2020.

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Welcoming Communities