Welcome to Taranaki!
Taranaki is a region located in the west of New Zealand's North Island and is the 10th largest region of New Zealand by population.
It is named after the region's main geographical feature, Mount Taranaki. The Taranaki region is made up of three districts: New Plymouth District (population 68,901), Stratford District (8,892) and South Taranaki District (26,484). The two main population centres are New Plymouth and Hawera. The main centre of the Taranaki region is the city of New Plymouth which has been voted the "Top City" of New Zealand. Since 2005, Taranaki has used the promotional brand "Taranaki like no other".
Welcome to Migrant Connections Taranaki!
Migrant Connections Taranaki (MCT) in New Plymouth is a point of contact for migrants, cross-cultural families and international students who come to live in New Zealand and choose to make Taranaki their home. We are a Community based initiative aimed at a broader migrant focus which includes skilled and non–skilled migrants and families. MCT will assist you to get accustomed to the shift in culture, overcoming challenges in a new country and integrating into the local community, by providing ongoing support on a case-by-case basis with the skills, tools and networks you require to do so.
Local Point of Contact
We aid migrants, ethnic communities and their families to connect with their own support networks and provide mentoring, orientation and cultural guidance and ongoing support with consistent needs and issues that continue to challenge them irrespective of age, culture and ethnicity. Our free service is available to meet your needs through our website, email, telephone, brochures, and face-to-face.
Orientation and Information Workshops/Seminars/Forums
We run regular orientation programmes, information seminars and workshops for migrants and families to our region regarding the tax system, health, job-winning in NZ, Legal system, Working in Multicultural Environment etc. and many more.
Communications by Electronic Means or Mail
We network with local mainstream providers, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, companies and individuals with details of upcoming workshops and events by email, telephone, flyers and Facebook.
Access to Translation / Interpreting Services
There are professionally trained Translators and interpreters (Transnational Translation/Interpreting) registered with services in New Plymouth and other areas that can be accessed through us.
A Link to Cultural Groups
MCT's Co-ordinator can put you in touch with other migrants and people who successfully settled here who speak the same language, or who are from the same country. Community and support groups are also available for people to the social network. MCT works with The Migrant women's and Newcomers network at Puke Ariki Library which is also a good organisation for you and your family to mingle with people from different cultures.
For more information about living, working and studying in Taranaki, please Contact Us Today
Thanks to our funders for their continuous support of Migrant Connections
Thank you also to our corporate sponsors and local organisations for their wonderful support.