Join Welcoming Communities

Councils and communities that would like to be part of the Welcoming Communities programme are invited to submit an expression of interest.

Immigration New Zealand is expanding the Welcoming Communities – Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori programme. The Government has approved funding for a nationwide rollout, following the success of the 2 year pilot.

There are already 9 councils across 5 regions that are part of Welcoming Communities, and we are looking to grow this to cover up to 30 additional councils between 2020 and 2024.

Who is involved?

We want to hear from councils that want to support their communities to be even more welcoming to newcomers – recent migrants, former refugees, international students or anyone new to the community.

Who can join

Welcoming Communities is open to any councils and communities that want to foster an inclusive environment where everyone can contribute and participate.

Councils should:

  • be clear about the benefits they see for newcomers and local residents, and be clear on why they want to join the Welcoming Communities programme
  • be able to show that the local council, in partnership with its community, is committed to participating in the programme
  • describe how they will partner with mana whenua to implement Welcoming Communities
  • have a successful track record of collaborating with local and national partners to implement other initiatives and programmes.

Submit an expression of interest

Immigration New Zealand would like to hear from councils and communities that want to find out more and join the programme in 2020/21 or 2021/22.

You don’t have to be ready to come on board now to make contact. We are happy to have early, exploratory conversations or talk you through your expression of interest. We see this as the beginning of an ongoing, two-way conversation.

Councils and their communities can apply when they are ready. If you want to join in 2020/21 we encourage you to submit your expression of interest by 30 November 2020.

Expression of interest PDF 429KB

If you have questions about the expression of interest process, email Immigration New Zealand’s Welcoming Communities team.

welcomingcommunities@mbie.govt.nz

More information

Welcoming Communities brings social, cultural, economic and civic benefits to the participating communities. It builds social inclusion through welcoming activities which increase social engagement and build social connections between newcomers and local residents.

Immigration New Zealand provides funding, accreditation, information, networking, programme evaluation and guidance to support councils to create places where everyone can belong.

Welcoming Communities