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Waikato Multicultural Council Inc


Objectives of Waikato Multicultural Council are:

  • Give and receive mutual support and co-operation between ethnic groups in the Waikato region.
  • Support and develop multiculturalism.
  • Support the development of ethnic communities in Waikato
  • Endeavour for unity and co-operation amongst ethnic and the wider community
  • Assist in the development of youth and women in the region
  • Promote development of effective communication and life skills to migrants and refugees to settle well in New Zealand.


Postal: PO Box 551, Hamilton 3240



Waikato Multicultural Council, formerly known as Waikato Ethnic Council, is an incorporated society and a registered charity. It has been operating in the Waikato region with its base in Hamilton for the past 22 years.

Waikato Multicultural Council has been providing social services to assist the resettlement of migrants and refugees and also for the promotion of cultural diversity in our community over the past several years. It acts as an umbrella and resource body for various ethnic organisations in the Waikato region. Apart from arranging Life Skills classes and English Language classes for community, WMC also organises informative lectures/ seminars/ workshops on various issues and subjects. It also helps promote ethnic culture and arts by arranging cultural events like Waikato Multicultural Day Celebrations.


President: Ravinder Powar

Vice Presidents: Ms. Jungmi Ko

                              Jeevan Mathews

Secretary: Ms. Linda Gee

Assistant Secretary: Ms. Jinah Lee

Treasurer: Dr Anwar Ghani

Publicity Officer: Dr Sayeeda Bano

IPP: Dr Asad Moshin


Committee Members

1. Robin Patchett

2. Ms. Jennifer Gilchrist

3. Ms. Gladys Stephens 

4. Anil Gupta

Senior’s Council Coordinator

Ajit Singh Sagoo

Women’s Council Coordinator

Ms. Jeanie Tseng

Youth Council Coordinator

Ms. Jing Zhang



About Waikato

  • Waikato is the 4th largest region of New Zealand.
  • Waikato Region has the 4th largest population out of 16 regions.
  • Waikato includes the urban centres of Hamilton and Taupo.
  • Waikato's average weekly income for people in paid employment is the 4th highest in New Zealand.
  • It has the 3rd highest median house prices out of 11 regions.
  • Waikato has the 4th highest number of businesses in New Zealand out of 16 regions.
  • The largest industry is manufacturing, followed by retail trade, and then property & business services.
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