Whanganui District Council celebrated the plan launch of Welcoming Communities at a function at Cooks Gardens on Monday night.
Welcoming Communities Plan was put in place to help Whanganui become even more welcoming for newcomers. The plan actively involves locals in welcoming newcomers and lists welcoming actions which will be undertaken between now and November 2019 to help newcomers belong and contribute to the community.
While the plan has been primarily developed for recent migrants, former refugees and international students, coordinator Katy Newton says it will help anyone moving to Whanganui.
Whanganui District Council is one of nine councils in five regions taking part in the pilot programme, led by Immigration New Zealand in partnership with the Office of Ethnic Communities.