The Committee of the Waitaki Multicultural Council meets on the third Thursday of each month at Ara institute of Canterbury, Oamaru Campus, 44 Humber Street at 5.30pm, Oamaru. All members are welcome to come along and share in what we do. If you think you would like to get involved with the committee, you are also most welcome to contact the Chair on 0210665143.

Newcomers Network and Migrant Support Coordinator

Hello. My name is Christine Dorsey and I am the Waitaki Newcomers Network/ Migrant Support Coordinator. The aim of the Waitaki Newcomers Network is to assist people to new make contacts and settle into the Waitaki area. Migrant Support provides information, advice, advocacy, support, English tuition and gatherings to make your settlement a positive experience.

This service has helped hundreds of families to settle into their new community and make new friends. Currently over 550 families are involved and we  invite you to be part of this by emailing me today. There is no obligation and no cost. Just attend whatever you choose or even just receive the information so you know what is happening around Waitaki.

I’ve lived in Oamaru with my husband and two daughters for a long time and I have lots of local information to share. I also understand what it is like to settle in a new community and would love to walk this exciting journey with you, as you forge new friendships and new beginnings. Give me a call today on 027 242 8643.

Abacus House, 102 Thames Street, PO Box 528, Oamaru 9444. Tel: (03) 434 7544 Mob: 027 2428643| waitaki@newcomers.co.nz | www.newcomers.co.nz | Facebook: Waitaki Newcomers Network

Governance (Executive Committee)

Executive Committee of volunteers elected by the members at the AGM.

  • Chairperson – Maria Buldain
  • Vice Chairperson – Inday Bungard
  • Secretary – Anne Vechi Torres
  • Treasurer – Sandra Tonkin
  • Cecilia Baxter
  • Helen Algar
  • Fazana Baloch
  • Ruth Dickson
  • Talanoa Palu
  • Socorro Laraga
  • Robert Roodnat
  • Rozana Razali

Waitaki Multicultural Council Inc

  • NGO (non-government organization)
  • Non-profit
  • Registered charity
  • Incorporated society
  • Member of the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils
  • Member of Safer Waitaki Coalition – Community Safety