Pacific & Ethnic Forums

21 April 2011

Wellington's Ethnic and Pacific forums are coming up - a good opportunity for people to meet with the Mayor and Councillors to discuss topics of interest.

Attend the Pacific forum to find out how Council services can help your family

Attend the Pacific forum to find out how Council services can help your family

Both forums will be held next month; the Pacific Forum will take place on Tuesday 3 May at Te Papa and the Ethnic Forum will take place on Monday 9 May at the Amora Hotel (formerly the Duxton), 170 Wakefield Street.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will open the forums and welcome people to the discussion groups. Topics include climate change, the Council's draft Annual Plan, employment, civil defence and intercultural relations.

Discussions on climate change will seek to understand what this means to people and the impact it has on day-to-day living, for example keeping our homes warm. The session on civil defence will focus on how to prepare and encourage others to get ready for an emergency as well as what to do in an emergency.

The Ethnic and Pacific forums help us understand and respond to community needs and offer people a chance to learn more about, and have a say, on Council services.

The forums are held twice a year, usually with a different theme at each event. The focus last time was on the arts and culture. People attending the forums in May will hear an update on the work that has happened since then.