Christchurch Multicultural Council

Promotes awareness and acceptance of a multicultural society, and co-operates with central and local government agencies and voluntary organisations in the promotion of awareness and acceptance of a multicultural society. Promotes social and cultural life within the community. Part of the larger group of NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils. CMC supports the Christchurch City Council’s … Continued

Human Rights Commission

Ring the Help Desk number above for complaints of discrimination based on sex, marital status, religious or ethical belief, race and colour, ethnic or national origins, age, disability, family status, political opinion, employment status, sexual orientation. In public life the Act covers: Employment, e.g. Hiring & firing employees etc; Education, e.g. Student applications; Access to … Continued

Migrant Helpline

For calls outside Auckland the New Zealand Immigration Service operate a Migrant Helpline on 0508 55 88 55. Mobile ‘Phones please call the Auckland telephone number 09 914 4100. Welcome to Christchurch Area Office The Area Office is responsible for processing temporary visa applications for the extended Canterbury, West Coast and Nelson / Marlborough regions. … Continued

Netherlands Society

A supportive social group who enjoy celebrating the Dutch culture and hold events to bring Dutch migrants together; also for support for any Dutch people who need help with stress or want to speak to someone in their own language. Friendly support network contact person    the Secretary   Desiree Ellery  3238641

Older Persons Refugee and Migrant Health Group

A sub group of Eldercare Canterbury. The community working together to integrate & improve health services for the well being of Canterbury’s older people. Contact Kirsten for meeting dates & times.

Rewi Alley Chinese School Trust

The School Trust offers Chinese language classes & cultural activities to assist new migrants to settle into Christchurch & maintain their cultural heritage. It runs language & culture classes mainly on Saturdays, and some evenings during the week, catering for pre-schoolers to senior citizens, beginners to advanced. Chinese classes for Adults in different levels are … Continued

Womens Swimming Programme ( Ethnic groups )

Swimming for girls, women and under 5 year olds. Private swimming area. $2 per person $1 school age, under 5 free. During school terms – Saturday 3pm to 4 pm at Aqua Gym, 459 Cashel St, Christchurch. Run by Christchurch Resettlement Services.

Quilt Group

For women with refugee/migrant backgrounds. Learn to quilt with volunteers, shared morning tea. Held Monday 10.00am -1.00pm Waiting list – please contact Kathleen for more info.

Olderwomens Cultural Exercise group

Exercises for women aged 50+ from refugee or migrant backgrounds, run by Christchurch Resettlement services. FREE . Held Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.00 – 12.45pm at YMCA, Hereford Street St. (Christchurch resettlement Services address is 283 Lincoln Rd)

Asia New Zealand Foundation

This is a non-profit apolitical organisation dedicated to building NZ links with Asia. It aims to build Nzer’s knowledge and understanding of the countries, peoples, cultures and languages of Asia so that they can develop a more extensive and effective relationship with the area.