Our District

Here in mid-Canterbury we believe communities that make newcomers feel welcome are likely to enjoy better social outcomes, greater social cohesion and stronger economic growth. In this environment, everyone is able to fully participate in the economic, civic and social life of the community. Building connections between locals and newcomers mean everyone feels included and knows they belong.


Welcoming Communities is being rolled out across New Zealand and the Ashburton District is a part of this. See how Welcoming Communities is being rolled out here and how you can get involved.

Ashburton District 

Ashburton District Council is one of five areas to pilot the Welcoming Communities initiative.  The people of Ashburton District come from many diverse backgrounds. There are around 60 different ethnic groups in our district according to the 2013 Census.

To help mid-Cantabrians get into the swing of Welcoming Communities, as a community we have designed a Welcoming Plan – Whakatau mai ki te rōhe o Hakatere, packed full of great welcoming activities. Our Welcoming Plan belongs to our community and sits at the heart of the Welcoming Communities programme. We need your help to turn our welcoming activities into an on-the-ground reality.

Newcomers Guide

to Ashburton District

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Calendar of

cultural events

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Useful Links

Ashburton District Council

5 Baring Square West

7700 Ashburton

Welcoming Communities New Zealand is a government initiative led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs (including the Office of Ethnic Communities) and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

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