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Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

Reg­u­lar read­ers will have no­ticed a cou­ple of new columns in the Mir­ror in re­cent weeks.

One is the Our Peo­ple col­umn you will find on page 19 to­day.

Recog­nis­ing and learn­ing more about the back­grounds and cul­tures of the peo­ple who make up our com­mu­ni­ties is some­thing we are pretty pas­sion­ate about.

Al­ready we have had sto­ries from Brazil­ian mum Elaine Felix who lives in Cromwell, and Wanaka res­i­dent, Welsh rab­biter Billy Bar­ton. This week we talk to the Queen­stown fam­ily of Ja­panese woman Machiko How­ick and learn how they utilise the favourite parts of their Kiwi and Ja­panese back­grounds in their lives.

We have peo­ple from so many dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups liv­ing in our re­gion, and we are keen to meet more of you so please get in touch with your ideas and sug­ges­tions.

This is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate our di­ver­sity and learn from each other.

debbie.jamieson@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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