Diversity: Christchurch Council adopts the Christchurch Multicultural Strategy

The Christchurch Multicultural Strategy 2017-2021 “Our Future Together” was adopted by the Christchurch City Council on February 9. Council Community Support Team Manager Claire Phillips noted, "It's a great opportunity to embrace and acknowledge the diversity factor in Christchurch and it shows that as a city we recognise the economic, social and cultural benefits that being a diverse city brings us."

Now, "the Councl will, in consultation with the community, work to develop a five-year implementation plan for the strategy and produce an annual diversity and inclusion report to measure and report on progress achieving its aims."

Chair of the Council’s Multicultural Working Party Councillor Jimmy Chen said, "Christchurch’s population of 370,000 is made up of people from various backgrounds and ethnicities. This document is a commitment by the Council to provide a framework and a set of goals and actions to ensure every single person in Christchurch feels a sense of belonging. It also gives every person in Christchurch an equal opportunity to access Council services and information and to participate in the decision-making process.''