Storytelling & Exhibitions

Events and storytelling are great ways to increase understanding and awareness of different cultures and backgrounds. They bring to light some of the challenges migrants experience and highlights all the wonderful things, including knowledge and skills, that they bring to our communities.


Migrants Stories

Immigrants comprise an ever-increasing percentage of Waimakariri’s population, and in recognition of this the Global Locals of Waimakariri, in partnership with the Office of Ethnic Communities, Oxford Community Trust and Waimakariri District Council, we share some migrants stories, including videos, which cover the highs and lows of settling in a new country.

Fitting In and Making Friends

How We Got Here

New Zealand Culture

The Challenges

I've Got Your Back Campaign

The Campaign

In partnership with the local community, the Oxford Community Trust developed the "I've Got Your Back" campaign. The philosophy is simple - supporting new people to the Waimakariri District, helping them feel welcome and settled.


Packing For a New Life - Suitcase Exhibition

What would you take with you if you were packing for a new life?

This was the question asked by the Waimakariri Migrants and Newcomers Group when they launched a suitcase exhibition in 2019 to promote cultural awareness and understanding in the Waimakariri District.

The exhibit presented the contents of suitcases migrants from different parts of the world including Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Hungarian, Tongan, Albanian, Dutch, French and Samoan.

The exhibit is travelled from Waimakariri to Kaikoura to support and inspire a similar exhibit embracing multiculturalism.

Read the stories:

Explore the Netherlands

In November 2020, a large number of people enjoyed the ‘Explore the Netherlands!’ event brought to Woodend School by the Waimakariri Migrants and Newcomers Group.

The purpose of this event was to raise cultural awareness by sharing the Dutch culture to help people gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a migrant and the value that different cultures bring to our communities.

The Honorary Consul of the Netherlands, Mr Gerald van Looy, Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts and Ingrid Rammers welcomed the visitors. Mayor Dan Gordon announced the prize winners of the ‘the Netherlands Quiz’ and the fundraising raffle for Woodend School.

A Dutch food market was set up, as well as a display of artwork made by the Te Ngahere pupils from Woodend School inspired by their study of the Netherlands. People enjoyed the live Dutch music, played traditional Dutch games and rode bikes.

Explore the Philippines

In February 2020 a wide variety of people enjoyed the “Explore the Philippines” event in the Rangiora Town Hall, organised by the Waimakariri Migrants and Newcomers Group.

The purpose of this event was to achieve cultural awareness and help people having a better understanding of what it is to be a migrant and the value that diverse cultures add to our communities.

Mayor Mr Dan Gordon and the Vice Consul of the Philippines, Mrs Nicole Macaballug, welcomed the visitors and during a presentation everyone could learn more about this beautiful country with it’s stunning nature and friendly people.

A marvellous exhibition was set up show casing a variety of cultural information and guests were invited to join the enthusastic Filipino dancing group.

Finding Home - Deni Archer

Finding Home – Migrant Stories of Connection

This exhibition was a photographic essay on migrant experiences in North Canterbury. It was exhibited at Art on the Quay in March 2019 - funded by Creative Communities.

Find out more information on her website.

Upcoming Events

Please check for upcoming events under Support and Information.