Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council – Celebrating Diversity

DMCC would like to thank all of our supporters and partners for making Dunedin Race Relations Week 2023 possible

Race Relations Week Event Schedule

Opening Event

Saturday 18 March, 5pm - 8pm | Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Join Kotahitaka and DMCC for the opening of Dunedin Race Relations Week. It will be a gathering of flags, costumes and people to celebrate Dunedin’s diversity..

Heart & Soil Community Garden

Sunday 19 March, 10am - 12pm | Musselburgh School, 34 Marlow Street
Join the DMCC senior council team for a gardening event at the Heart and Soil Community Garden to celebrate herbs. We’ll rejuvenate the garden by working on the soil and planting new herbs, and share ideas on their universal uses. Donation of plants are welcome!

Sunday Sounds

Sunday 19 March, 1pm -2.30pm | Dunedin Botanical Garden
The DMCC and Dunedin City Council will cohost a cultural festival at the Botanical Garden to celebrate International Race Relations Day. The festival aims to promote multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism, bringing the community together to enjoy a variety of cultural dance and performances. Local talents from Dunedin will showcase their cultural diversity through cross-cultural performances featuring beautiful costumes.

Men with Mana Cooking

Monday 20 March, 4pm | SuperGrans Place, 132 Hillside Rd, South Dunedin
Men with mana gathers men from multicultural communities and conducts cooking sessions promoting conversation and dialogue about mental health, reducing family violence and keeping families safe and empowered via E Tū Whānau values.

Race Relations Week Forum

Tuesday 21 March, 5:30pm - 8pm | Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Listen to inspiring stories from migrants who have made Aotearoa their home and celebrate our people, our cultures, our languages. Join DMCC for a special panel discussion with experts working in the migrant and refugee space. The panel will feature Alaa Sukkar, Settlement Lead at NZ Red Cross, Associate Professor Vivienne Anderson, Abdal Moneem Kyassah of Abdal Catering, and City Councillor Marie Laufiso from DCC.

Let’s come together to discuss if we’re doing enough to prevent hate speech and support migrant and refugee resettlement in New Zealand.

DMCC on Air Radio

Tuesday 21 March, 6pm - 6:30pm | Listen to Otago Access Radio 105.4FM
Celebrate race relations week through community connection via radio on DMCC on air. Interviews and panel discussion of key people who make a difference in the community and discussion of topics and areas relevant to Race Relations Day and Migrant and refugee settlement in New Zealand.

Koru Play Group

Wednesday 22 March, 10am - 12 pm | South City Mall, 118 King Edward Street, South Dunedin
Families with kids under six are invited to a cultural potluck to celebrate the colors, similarities and differences in us. This will also feature the Storytime. Introduce your child to the wonderful world of books and language.

Diversity Dinner Potluck

Wednesday 22 March, 5.30pm | 14 Fenton Crescent, St Clair
Join us for the Diversity Dinner potluck, where multicultural communities come together to share a meal cooked by many different cultural groups. Enjoy speeches from community leaders and cultural performances while celebrating diversity and fostering community connections. Please bring a vegetarian dish of your choice to share.

Ethnic Rangatahi Race Unity Event

Thursday 23 March, 4pm - 6pm | St David Lecture Theatre, Otago University
DMCC Youth Council brings you ethnic Rangatahi race unity event. In celebration of Race Relations Week, the DMCC Youth Council is holding an art exhibition, showcasing the talents of Ōtepoti youth from all kinds of backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures.

The event aims to inspire and challenge perspectives through art, as well as to connect and build strong relationships between the diverse communities of Dunedin. You’ll have the chance to vote on your favourite piece and win a prize in kahoots. Come along with a friend for some free snacks and activities!

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Chai & Chat

Friday 24 March, 12:45pm | Community House, 301 Moray Place
This is a women’s only event celebrating diversity. Come along to our shared potluck lunch and bring a plate of your own ethnic or cultural dishes to share with the group.

Closing Event - Powhiri

Saturday 25 March, 10:30am - 2.30pm | Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland St.
Join us for the Araiteuru Marae Manaakitanga community engagement powhiri, DMCC’s flagship event that represents the Tangata Whenua’s relationship with ethnic communities and their respect for them as the people of the land. In the past this event has been attended by more than 100 participants from ethnic communities.

Join Araiteuru Marae and experience the hospitality of Araiteuru and Maori culture. This powhiri is to welcome everyone from all ethnicities, cultures and countries. (Note: those wishing to attend must arrive by 10.30am)