Auckland City – Cross Cultural Friendship Project

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Come over to our Place: a cross-cultural friendship project

Auckland City is rich in diversity and opportunity. There are however, often language and cultural barriers for people from newer migrant communities and from more established groups, who want to mix socially , understand and enjoy what each other have to offer.

We are looking for approximately 12 participants to take part in a pilot project starting 23 May and finishing 4 July 2009.

The project is being organised by Auckland City Council with the Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST). The purpose of this project is to provide opportunities for people to meet and spend time with people from a different cultural background.

New Zealand born, native English speakers will be matched up with Chinese-speaking migrant New Zealanders with English as a second language, for the 7 weeks of the project. Participants will take part in a range of social activities including a Chinese cooking class and a creative session at Artstation. The commitment required from participants is to spend around two or three hours per week with their ‘buddy’ and a willingness to learn about another culture. Participants will describe their experiences through photographs, pictures or words at the conclusion of the project.

New Zealand born English-speaking participants will have the opportunity to;

  • Build new friendships with Chinese-speaking Aucklanders
  • Increase their knowledge of Chinese cultures and languages
  • Support new migrants to feel ‘at home’ in Auckland
  • Take part in a range of creative and social activities together
  • Share their experience of being a New Zealand-born Kiwi
  • Have lots of fun

Chinese-speaking new migrant participants will have the opportunity to;

  • Build new friendships with Aucklanders from another cultural background
  • Increase their knowledge of English language and ‘Kiwi’ cultures
  • Take part in a range of creative and social activities together
  • Share their Chinese cultural background with others
  • Have lots of fun

We are looking for people from any of the following areas to take part; Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, Herne Bay, St Mary’s Bay, Freeman’s Bay, CBD, Eden Terrace, Newton, Grafton, Parnell, Newmarket. We welcome enquiries from people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities. Places are very limited so we may not be able to take everyone.

  • To register your interest, please contact:

Sarah Cole – Community Services Adviser

  • Auckland City Council
  • Phone 354 2041 or
  • email sarah.cole@aucklandcity.govt.nz

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