The power of connected communities

Published: 07-Jul-2016

A warm, welcoming feeling spread through the Oxford Town Hall on Saturday night as people from all over the world gathered to meet new friends at the Oxford Migrants Night.

Real diversity and integration was evident, with attendees and food representing a number of countries including the Philippines, China, Japan, Iran, Indonesia, Scotland, South Africa/Zambia and New Zealand.

It wasn’t just the amazing variety of food or the chance to meet other migrants that made the night a success. Once the karaoke machine started, there was no stopping some brave folk from testing their vocal range. A poignant moment was when a Filipino boy, aged about nine sang a remarkable rendition of Steppenwolf’s ‘Born to be Wild’ and Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’ followed by enormous applause.

The event, co-hosted with Alpha Phi Omega Group, Oxford Community Trust and the Waimakariri District Council Community Team, was a showcase of the diversity of the migrant community in Oxford.

Council’s Community Development Facilitator, Denise Wiggins said “It was great to see such connection throughout the evening and this community is a great example of how people support each other when integrating into a new area. Established migrants came along to connect with others, but also play an important part in helping new migrants feel part of the community”.

Sponsors of the night included Morrison Cars who provided the Karaoke machine, Fresh Choice Oxford and the Waimakariri District Council Community Team.

 

Migrant-Oxford-night 

Name: Denise Wiggins

Phone: 03 311 8900

Email: denise.wiggins@wmk.govt.nz