This month we’re celebrating the diverse array of people who call New Zealand home. Regardless of our different faiths, abilities, cultures, nationalities, ages, orientations and even genders - we want to make sure that our communities are safe and welcoming for all.
There’s many ways to take part! From hosting a multicultural potluck where each attendee brings a dish from a country of their choice to coordinating a fundraiser that benefits refugees or our elderly there are thousands of ways big and small to make our households, neighbourhoods, schools and businesses even more inclusive. It could even be as simple as learning from a neighbour how to say ‘hello’ in their native language or ensuring local footpaths are accessible!
Don’t forget this month also coincides with Women’s Refugee Awareness Month and International Day of Friendship on July 30th - a United Nations day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures.
Want to share your thoughts? Let us know how you’re making your community more inclusive this month by tagging us in your posts + using the following hashtag so we can see what you get up to:
Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.
They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and dehumanising".
What do you think? Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections? Read more here
Have you been affected? Swiss Deli Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its own brand pre-cooked and ready-to-eat meat products as a lack of processing controls may result in the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Two Pams Finest brand products are also included in this recall.
Package size and description: the products are sold in various-sized plastic packets and plastic bags over supermarket deli counters.
Supermarkets throughout the North Island.
Swiss Deli, 68–70 Greenmount Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland.
The products are also sold online through the Swiss Deli website.
Click here for consumer advice and to see a full list of the recalled items.
Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce that I am standing in the upcoming Local Body Elections, representing the Hamilton Constituency for Waikato Regional Council.
The Waikato region is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s important that growth is well-planned and sustainable, with the health of our environment at its core.
I am committed to prudent financial management, ensuring smart investment in infrastructure, and providing core services cost-effectively.
We must ensure our transport network is balanced, efficient and accessible, providing a diverse range of options.
Water is an essential resource, requiring protection for future generations; the health of our waterways is an important component of this.
It’s important we value healthy air and soils, biosecurity and ecological restoration.
Environmental education develops the ability to think and act sustainably. I have been an active supporter of the Enviroschools programme over many years.
I represent hard work, integrity and loyalty, and am proud to be a part of a growing, vibrant region with a key role to play in New Zealand’s future.