Christchurch, August 31, 2018
An event was organised in Christchurch to mark the First Anniversary of the Multicultural Strategy of Christchurch City Council.
The formal evening began with a traditional welcome by the tangata whenua as per Maori tradition.
Christchurch Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner and Councillor Jimmy Chen (who is also Chair of the Council Multicultural Committee) outlined the salient features of the Strategy.
New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils President Pancha Narayanan applauded the work done by the City.
A Performing Group (Picture by Shirish Paranjape)
“Christchurch is the first city in New Zealand to formally adopt such a strategy,” he said.
As a token of recognition, he presented an Award on behalf of the Federation.
The Award was received by Mr Chen representing Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
Another Distinguished Services Award was presented to Ms Dalziel for her significant contribution in making visible and valuable difference to the Multicultural Community of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Another Colourful Dancer (Picture by Shirish Paranjape)
Among the highlights of the Programme were entertaining and absorbing cultural performances by members of the varied ethnicities.
Shirish Paranjape is Christchurch Correspondent of Indian Newslink. He is also Community Board Members of the Christchurch City Council and sits on the Executive Committee of the Christchurch Multicultural Council.
A section of the audience ((Picture by Shirish Paranjape)