Christchurch Inter-Cultural Assembly meets for first time
19 March 2003
Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore is delighted at the support the city’s
new Inter-Cultural Assembly has received from local ethnic groups and a
prestigious line-up of race relations advocates.
Next Monday, 24 March, Mr Moore will host the inaugural meeting
of the Assembly at the Civic of Canterbury. Along with more than 70 invited
representatives from Christchurch’s various cultural groups, the meeting
will include guest speakers such as Mark Solomon, Kaiwhakahare of Te Runanga
o Ngai Tahu; Minister of Immigration, Lianne Dalziel; and Race Relations
Commissioner, Joris de Bres.
The Inter-Cultural Assembly is a tangible response to the emerging
tapestry of cultures in Christchurch,” Mr Moore says. “ It is
not a group that will duplicate the roles of organisations working in this
field but rather a forum to harness their collective energy and share information.”
The establishment of the Assembly addresses several of the 34 recommendations
made in the 2000 report ‘Inter-Cultural Relations in Christchurch’ prepared
by Ahmed M Ali (Hassan ) and Patrick O’Connor. This report was requested
by the Mayor’s Working Party on Ethnic Relations and its implementation
comes under the Council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.
There are now 180 ethnicities in Christchurch and a need for groups
working in this area to adopt a more cohesive approach,” Mr Moore
says. It is hoped that the Assembly will provide the opportunity for representatives
to share what is happening in their communities and assist in actively fostering
positive ethnic relations in Christchurch.
Only invited guests will be admitted to the inaugural meeting of
the Inter-Cultural Assembly, which will also include entertainment and a
chance for those attending to get to know one another. It is planned that
members of the Inter-Cultural Assembly will meet every few months.
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