1. To support migrants and international students while they settle in Rotorua.
2. To provide migrants and international students with opportunities to celebrate their cultures.
3. To increase the understanding of the local community of the contributions that migrants and international students make to the Rotorua District.
4. To build relationships between Māori and migrants and to develop the understanding of migrants of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Physical Address: The Rotorua Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010
Mobile: 021 741 664
Dr Margriet Theron ONZM, President, South Africa
Hari Chhagan, Vice-President, Gujarati, India
Ashley Perera, Treasurer, Sri Lanka
Emire Khan-Malak, Secretary, Te Arawa
Audrey Peters, Fiji
Farnoosh Arpanaei, Iran
Frank Grapl, Czech Republic and Ngati Pikiao
Jaya Sinha, Bengali, India
Lily Joy Al Omari, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines
Serene Leong, Malaysia
Shashi Patel, England
Yulima Tabares, Colombia
Executive Officer: Yumiko Kawano
Administrator: Leidy Monsalves
IT and Graphic Design: Valeria Liakovskaia
Programmes and Projects
Upcoming events are notified on the Multicultural Rotorua Facebook page. Please contact our Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about our programmes and projects.
1. Monthly Multicultural Lunches held in the Rotorua Library and hosted by a different country each month.
2. Ethnic celebrations held at the Rotorua Thursday Night Market.
3. Participation in Waitangi Day Celebrations.
4. Annual ten-week Professional Speaking for Migrants courses.
5. Ten-week Women’s Wellbeing Programme.
6. Environmental Wellbeing projects.
7. Participation in sport: football and tennis.
8. Annual Rotary Multicultural Dinner.
9. Projects with schools including Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu, Kaingaroa Forest School, and Reporoa College.
10. Membership of the Rotorua Police Ethnic Advisory Board.
11. Orientation activities for international students at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
12. Workshops on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
13. Relationships with Rotorua Lakes Council, Immigration NZ, Plunket, Parksyde Centre for Seniors, Rotorua Community Hospice, Family Focus, Te Tatau o Te Arawa, Rotary Clubs, Rotorua English Language Academy, and ethnic associations.
14. Race Unity Speech Awards.
15. He Kete Kotahi – He Whenu Maha; One Basket Many Strands Art Exhibition.
The funders of the Rotorua Multicultural Council are Lottery Grants, Rotorua Trust, BayTrust, Rotorua Lakes Council, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua Civic Arts Trust, Mokoia Community Association, Creative Communities Rotorua, Geyser Community Foundation, Ministry of Social Development, and Ministry of Ethnic Communities.