Feast of Filipino Culture

Filipino-2The smell of roast pork, chicken, and seafood filled the Rangiora Library, as over 120 people gathered to share a meal for the Filipino Community Night Saturday 16  April.

Mayor, David Ayers, and MP Matt Doocey addressed the Pinoy people and thanked them for their role in the community.

"People from The Philippines are coming to live in Waimakariri in growing numbers and are making an important contribution to our community and to the local economy. The importance of the recent social gathering lay in bringing people together and in drawing attention to sources of information that help new arrivals to adjust to their new home,” said Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers.

The event was organised in collaboration with the Waimakariri Libraries, Citizens Advice Bureau, the Council’s Community Team, and community leaders, Bob and Rica Bolanos.

“I am so thankful for how the Filipino Community Night went without a hitch last Saturday. I am hoping that this will be the start of a strong and fruitful interaction between the Filipino community and the council,” said Bob Bolanos.

A Facebook page was created to help promote the event and take registrations, and this proved to be a successful way of connecting directly to the Filipino Community. “As a follow on from these events we will be arranging additional workshops and connecting people with sports or hobbies that are of interest to them,” said Denise Wiggins, Council Community Development Facilitator.

The audience were intrigued to find out that they could browse current newspapers in Filipino languages and access English-language Filipino newspapers from the Waimakariri Libraries’ eLibrary. Online platforms like Press Display and Zinio are freely available to all Waimakariri Library members and twenty new library members joined on the evening.

Feedback for the event included how empowered the people felt after hearing Tony McNeill’s speech, from Immigration NZ. He said: “If you take one thing away from this evening, you have the same rights as I do. No matter how long you are in New Zealand for, we want you to be successful.”

Contact: Phillippa Ashbey

Phone: 03 311 8900