For the last three years many community groups and volunteers have been working alongside Araiteuru Marae, in Dunedin, to invite all people, but particularly those new to Dunedin, including former refugees and migrants, to participate in a uniquely New Zealand pōwhiri welcome. These pōwhiri have been held 3 or 4 times a year and are very popular. Each pōwhiri is an opportunity to share conversation, food and cultural activities together- celebrating our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity. It’s about building our sense of belonging and community.
Kotahitanga, Mohiotanga me te Rangimarie mō ngā iwi katoa puta noa I te ao
Unity, Understanding and Peace for all the people of the world
People have been enriched deeply by being part of this experience and have said,
“Beautiful, I can’t say much more than What a marvellous and deeply spiritual experience. I would like to be part of the welcoming team in the future.”
“Thank you for making us feel welcome.”
While these manaakitanga community engagement pōwhiri are currently on hold, due to Covid, we hope to resume them later in the year. Training is provided for volunteers. If you would like to know more about what’s involved as a volunteer please contact Lynne Toomey ph 021 043 0536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org