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Awards for Recognition of Services to Migrants in our Community

Awards for recognition of services to migrants in our community

About the awards

The awards recognise individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to migrants in a voluntary capacity, and highlight how volunteers help migrants actively participate in their new home country.

Who can I nominate?

You can nominate any individual volunteer who has given extraordinary service to migrants, or created an enterprising and welcoming gesture aimed at assisting migrants to settle in New Zealand.

Nominate now!

Migrant Awards Nomination Form (173kb pdf)

Simply fill out and send our nomination form to Dani Jurgeleit 

Nominitations close 9 June 2016.

Tauranga City Council
Private Bag 12022
Tauranga, 3143

2015 winner

Ewa FennTauranga Regional Ethnic Council president Ewa Fenn was recognised at the 2015 awards for her work in setting up a migrant centre with appropriate premises and services for newcomers to the Western Bay of Plenty region.

Ewa became president of the Tauranga Regional Ethnic Council in 2007.  At that time and for several years before, the Ethnic Council had been delivering its growing portfolio of activities from committee members’ homes and the occasional rented rooms around Tauranga.

Over seven years, Ewa worked to turn the council into a one-stop shop for migrants that also served as a social outlet centre and a hub for people to meet, learn, and enjoy mixing with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.  The name of Tauranga Regional Ethnic Council was changed in 2010 to the Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council and is recently known locally under a shortened version of the latter as “Multicultural Tauranga.”  The organisation now has a home, an office, a paid office coordinator and a full suite of services, including the Bay of Plenty Interpreting and Translation Service. 

Additionally, the annual Multicultural Festival event has grown enormously during Ewa’s tenure, attracting a huge variety of international foods, performers, dignitaries and visitors.

2014 winner

Phillipa Cairns
Philippa Cairns was recognised for her exceptional work through the English Language Partners New Zealand at the 2014 awards.  

Philippa became involved in the then Adult Reading and Learning Association as a volunteer tutor soon after arriving in the Bay of Plenty in 1996. The service was rebranded as English Language Partners NZ in 2009.

ARLA was originally intended for English speakers, but an in influx of Taiwanese migrants calling on the ARLA inspired Philippa to expand the service to include English language tuition for migrants.  

Philippa trains English language tutors, who then go into peoples' homes taking English lessons every week for 18 months to two years. The tutors become part of the bridge between the migrants and the wider New Zealand society.

At the time of her award, it was estimated that Philippa’s work had affected more than 4000 migrants and about 500 mostly volunteer tutors.



Last Reviewed: 07/02/2017