Upper Hutt Multicultural Council

Multicultural New Zealand (MNZ) continues to further positive community relations with the launch of Te Tiriti-based Multicultural Day on 27 August. MNZ, backed by rangatira (community leaders) in all regions of New Zealand, launches this annual celebration as part of a continued effort to normalise and celebrate diversity in New Zealand within the Te Tiriti-based framework.
Today, people all over New Zealand will be bringing through online platforms (due to lockdown) their cultural heritage into their work and family life. Online/digital presentations include wearing traditional attire, sharing photos of traditional food and music, speaking in their native language, sharing stories from their home or kāinga tipu (ancestral homeland).

Interview with Radio New Zealand –

President Pancha Narayan’s interview with Radio New Zealand on race relations Day 2019

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The Upper Hutt Multicultural Council is a non-profit organisation established in 2006 to promote cultural diversity in our local community. Though we’re not government-run and are not politically aligned, we operate with the full support of the Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy, as well as the MPs for Rimutaka Paul Swain and Chris Hipkins.

Our aim is to encourage vibrant cultural communities in Upper Hutt by strengthening social ties, raising awareness about cultural issues, and supporting new migrants and minority ethnicities.

What We Do

Each year we coordinate and sponsor numerous community initiatives, including:

  • Hosting the annual Upper Hutt Multi-Ethnic Soccer Tournament
  • Organising the annual Upper Hutt Multicultural Festival
  • Running a women’s self-defence course
  • Running a professional speech development course
  • Supporting the Hutt Valley Newcomers Network and Hutt Valley Settling In Project
  • Supporting E Tu and community safety projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and the Police

Get Involved

You can get involved in our latest projects and events, which are listed on the left side of this page, and are also advertised in the Upper Hutt Leader.

To join the Multicultural Council and help us with the work we do, leave your details here and we will get in touch with you!