Our Mission:


"Migrants and families are supported to successfully integrate into the Taranaki community."


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 and their families 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, to overcome challenges in a new country and integrate 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 and their families to connect with their own support networks provide mentoring, orientation and cultural guidance.  We provide ongoing support to migrants and families 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 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, not for profit organisation, companies and individuals with details of upcoming 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 successfully settled here who speak the same language, or who are from the same country.  Community and support groups are also available for people for social networking.  The Taranaki Multi Ethnic Council is also a good organisation as a means 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.

Lotteries Grants Board
Creative NZ
Tindall Foundation
Methanex New Zealand
Bishops Action Foundation