Lower Hutt / Te Awakairangi is a city in the Wellington region of New Zealand It is the tenth largest city in New Zealand in population (103,000 – 2011 estimate); and covers an area of 376.74km2 In 2006, 64.9% of the Lower Hutt population was recorded as being of European descent, 17% Maori, 10% Pacific Island, 8.5% Asian, and 1% from other Ethnic groups Although there is projected to be limited growth to 2031, the Asian, Maori and Pacific populations will increase up to 2021 while the proportion of European continues to decrease
The Asian population is projected to increase most rapidly, at 2.5% per annum whilst Pacific and Maori populations experience annual increases of 2.2% and 1.4% respectively. In addition to being growing populations, Maori, Asian and Pacific are also predominantly younger. The median age of those of Maori, Asian or Pacific descent is also significantly lower than for the European population. Interesting fact about Lower Hutt: its council has adopted the name Hutt City Council but neither the New Zealand Geographic board nor the Local Government Act recognise the name Hutt City. There are actually two cities in the Hutt Valley: Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, and the name Hutt City has sometimes led to confusion.
Hutt Multicultural Council Officially established in 1987 Affiliated with the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils Promote and protect the interests of the many different ethnic groups which make Lower Hutt a multicultural city and society Raise consciousness among the ethnic groups of the special status of the Maori people as Tangata Whenua and their special rights under the Treaty of Waitangi
Hutt Multicultural Council Access to information between ethnic groups and agencies Forum to share experiences and friendship Enable ethnic groups to give each other mutual support and strength to deal with issues that affect them all Protect against racial behaviour Democratic right and decision-making Openly express their commitment to New Zealand while at the same time protecting and sharing their ethnic heritage and identity
CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES Hutt Multicultural Council Monthly team meetings Race Unity Day Annual celebration of local cultural diversity Pacific Advisory Committee Empowering Pacific Communities through networking and consultation Filifest Filipino arts and culture programme
CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES Community Networking Attending local community organisation meetings and events e.g. Citizenship ceremonies Organising community events i.e Potluck Dinners Community Representation Advocating for cultural communities of Lower Hutt to local and central government – LTP, Green Paper, Representation review Providing opportunities for the community to be involved in decision- making process – Hui and Fono Community Support Distributing information to the community relating to services, facilities and support Promoting local opportunities for refugee and migrant communities
Anita Mansell (President – HMC), Alfred Ngaro MP, Tayo Agunlejika (President, NZFMC), JorisDe Bres (Human Rights Commission) and Mayor Ray Wallace (Lower Hutt) at Race Unity Day 2012 at the Lower Hutt Town Hall
CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES Settling In Project: Women – Mana Wahine Series of workshops for women of refugee and migrant backgrounds Focus on self-empowerment, community connectedness, and family life in New Zealand (children and youth) Youth – YOUth Settling In Series of workshops for youth of refugee and migrant backgrounds Establishing a local youth network with ongoing activities Focus on supporting young people transitioning into a new community, where to get support, where to get involved
Leole Malama (Youth Infusion Coordinator) Ephraim Gazo (NZFMC Youth CouncilPresident) Peter-Clinton Foaese (Youth Worker/Advocate) and Tribhuvan Shrestha (Lower Hutt Nepalese Association and Hindu Council) at Race Unity Day 2012
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE Funding, sponsors and support Securing a paid coordinator to support community lead initiatives and volunteers Providing resources for community use Developing information materials for public distribution Three E’s – Education, Engagement, and Empowerment: Education – raising awareness of what HMC does Engagement – organising forums to gauge and engage local ethnic communities Empowerment – empowering the community to establish support networks and action groups
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE Events and Activities Race Unity Day – expanding the scope and experience to become a world tour of local culture Pacific Festival – exhibition of Polynesian flavours, arts. crafts and culture Youth Lead initiatives – outcome of YOUth Settling In program, young people initiate their own events to celebrate their culture and talents Social Inclusion – Friendship groups, Special Speakers, Cooking Classes, Arts and Culture, Information Workshops
STRENGTHS Strengthening relationships with Tangata Whenua – local Iwi Te Atiawa, Tenths Trust, Port Nicholson Strong relationships with local council and central government – i.e. location within the Wellington Region Improving relationships with traditional migrant communities – Pasifika, Chinese, European Strong core team – cultures and faiths, skills and experience well represented Lower Hutt has many services and organisations that allow for collaboration and coordination of activities
ISSUES AND CHALLENGES Visibility of the HMC – people knowing that we are there to advocate Important to not reinvent the wheel – network and connect to existing programs and services Unity in diversity – a true representation of the city Security in funding and resources Engagement – language and cultural barriers Limited volunteer capacity
We would like to take the time to thank our sponsors: Ministry of Social Development – Settling In Hutt City Council Human Rights Commission Office of Ethnic Affairs Hutt Mana Charitable Trust Community Trust of Wellington New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils And many more…
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