Multi-ethnic council to launch 10-year plan

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The Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council is set to launch its strategic plan this Saturday, vice-president Lina Lastra says. The 10-year plan will be released at a meeting in Toitu Otago Settlers Museum at noon on Saturday. Ms Lastra encouraged everyone who was interested to come and hear a range of opinions. “If we really are a voice [for the city’s ethnic groups] we would like to hear from a variety of people to reflect that.”
She said the plan aimed to make the DMEC a more official voice for Dunedin’s ethnic groups and included a more official description of the various roles within the council.
With more migrants and refugees in the city, it was important to represent and support a broad range of residents, Ms Lastra said. The development of the Koru International Playgroup, weekly Chai and Chat sessions and a garden project at Musselburgh School were part of the council’s work, but it was working towards a job fair and hosting a national multi-ethnic councils’ annual meeting next year, Ms Lastra said.
Philippines ambassador Jesus Domingo would be at Saturday’s meeting and would talk about a leadership programme he was developing for Dunedin-based Filipinos, which the DMEC eventually hoped to take to a wider range of people. Ms Lastra said the plan had received “really positive feedback” so far and hoped people would attend the meeting to find out what the council was planning to do. “[We] encourage everyone to come along.”
The Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council strategic plan launch meeting will be held in Toitu Otago Settlers’ Museum from noon to 2pm on Saturday .