Multicultural Committee

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

An ordinary meeting of the Multicultural Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                                    Wednesday 3 February 2021

Time:                                   9.30am

Venue:                                 Committee Room 1, Level 2, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Membership

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Councillor Jimmy Chen

Councillor Catherine Chu

Councillor James Daniels

Councillor Anne Galloway

Councillor Yani Johanson

 

 

26 January 2021

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

Gary Watson

Manager Community Partnerships and Planning

Tel: 941 8285

 

Liz Ryley

Committee and Hearings Advisor

941 8153

liz.ryley@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

Note:  The reports contained within this agenda are for consideration and should not be construed as Council policy unless and until adopted.  If you require further information relating to any reports, please contact the person named on the report.
To view copies of Agendas and Minutes, visit:
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Multicultural committee - Terms of Reference / Ngā Ārahina Mahinga

 

Chair

Councillor Chen

Deputy Chair

Councillor Chu

Membership

Councillor Daniels

Councillor Galloway

Councillor Johanson

Quorum

Half of the members if the number of members (including vacancies) is even, or a majority of members if the number of members (including vacancies) is odd.

Meeting Cycle

Bimonthly

Reports To

Council

 

Area of Focus

The Multicultural Committee considers and reports to Council on the following matters:

·                Overseeing the implementation of the Christchurch Multicultural Strategy – Our Future together, including the establishment of the Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG) and working together on the implementation plan to achieve the goals:

o      The Christchurch City Council is an inclusive and diverse organisation which reflects, understands and responds to the diversity of individuals and communities it serves.

o      All communities have equitable access to Council services and resources.

o      All residents are able to participate in Council decision-making.

o      Christchurch is a city of cultural vibrancy, diversity, inclusion and connection.

·                Working in partnership with the existing mandated community networks/forums to promote the goals of the Christchurch Multicultural Strategy. These include:

o      The Multicultural Council

o      INFORM Network

o      CLING (Community Languages and Information Network Group)

o      Multicultural Strategy Implementation Committee

o      Canterbury Interfaith Society

o                Other peak groups that represent the interests of many.

·                Engaging with a range of ethnic communities who live, work, visit and/or study in Greater Christchurch to ensure that everyone has a voice in Council decision making.

 

 

            

 

 


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Part A           Matters Requiring a Council Decision

Part B           Reports for Information

Part C           Decisions Under Delegation

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

C          1.        Apologies / Ngā Whakapāha........................................................................ 5

B         2.        Declarations of Interest / Ngā Whakapuaki Aronga......................................... 5

C          3.        Confirmation of Previous Minutes / Te Whakaāe o te hui o mua........................ 5

B         4.        Public Forum / Te Huinga Tūmatanui............................................................ 5

B         5.        Deputations by Appointment / Ngā Huinga Whakaritenga............................... 5

B         6.        Updates from Mandated Group / Ngā Kōrero nā Ngā Rōpū-tuku-mana.............. 5

·         Indian Social & Cultural Club

·         Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

·        Multicultural Advisory Group

Staff Reports

C          7.        Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Masjidain on 15 March 2019......................................................................................... 11   

 

 


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1.   Apologies / Ngā Whakapāha

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

2.   Declarations of Interest / Ngā Whakapuaki Aronga

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant and to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.

3.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes / Te Whakaāe o te hui o mua

That the minutes of the Multicultural Committee meeting held on Wednesday, 2 December 2020  be confirmed (refer page 6).

4.   Public Forum / Te Huinga Tūmatanui

A period of up to 30 minutes may be available for people to speak for up to five minutes on any issue that is not the subject of a separate hearings process.

5.   Deputations by Appointment / Ngā Huinga Whakaritenga

There were no deputations by appointment at the time the agenda was prepared. 

6.   Updates from Mandated Groups / Ngā Kōrero nā Ngā Rōpū-tuku-mana

6.1

Indian Social & Cultural Club Update

Monty Parti, President of the Indian Social & Cultural Club, Christchurch, will provide an update on Diwali 2020.

 

6.2

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Relationship Manager - Update

Tony McNeill, Relationship Manager of MBIE will provide an update on the refugee quota system and COVID-19 issues.

 

6.3

Multicultural Advisory Group Update

Henry Jaiswal, Deputy Chair of the Multicultural Advisory Group, will provide an update on behalf of the Group Chair, Katrina Azer.

  


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Unconfirmed

 

 

Multicultural Committee

Open Minutes

 

 

Date:                                    Wednesday 2 December 2020

Time:                                   1.05pm

Venue:                                 Council Chamber, Level 2, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Present

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Councillor Jimmy Chen

Councillor Catherine Chu by audio visual link

Councillor James Daniels

Councillor Yani Johanson

 

 

 

2 December 2020

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

Gary Watson

Manager Community Partnerships and Planning

Tel: 941 8285

 

Liz Ryley

Committee and Hearings Advisor

941 8153

liz.ryley@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

To view copies of Agendas and Minutes, visit:
www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/meetings-agendas-and-minutes/

 


Part A           Matters Requiring a Council Decision

Part B           Reports for Information

Part C           Decisions Under Delegation

 

 

 

The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies / Ngā Whakapāha

Part C

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00011

That the apology received from Councillor Galloway be accepted.

Councillor Johanson/Councillor Daniels                                                                                                         Carried

 

2.   Declarations of Interest / Ngā Whakapuaki Aronga

Part B

There were no declarations of interest recorded.

3.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes / Te Whakaāe o te hui o mua

Part C

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00012

That the minutes of the Multicultural Committee meeting held on Monday, 5 October 2020 be confirmed.

Councillor Johanson/Councillor Chen                                                                                                             Carried

 

4.   Public Forum / Te Huinga Tūmatanui

Part B

 

Dr Surinder Tandon of the Christchurch Multicultural Council gave a public forum. This included information about the inquiry into the terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques. Dr Tandon explained that the Multicultural Council partnered with the Christchurch Metropolitan Cricket Association regarding unity and diversity through cricket.  An invitation would be extended to the Committee members in relation to an upcoming cricket event.

5.   Deputations by Appointment / Ngā Huinga Whakaritenga

Part B

There were no deputations by appointment.


 

 

6.   Updates from Mandated Groups / Ngā Kōrero nā Ngā Rōpū-tuku-mana

Part B

6.1

Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre - Update

 

Ahmed Tani, Executive Director of the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre (CRRRC) along with Sally Pitama, updated the Committee on the CRRRC organisation that has been set up to help all communities, and the projects currently underway. He stressed the importance of keeping families together, and talked about the issues relating to the lack of funding to cover workloads. He responded to questions about funding sources.

 

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00013

Part B

That the Multicultural Committee:

1.         Thanks Ahmed Tani for his presentation on the Canterbury Refugee and Resource Resettlement and Resource Centre.

Councillor Chen/Councillor Daniels                                                                                                                  Carried

 

 

7.   Multicultural Advisory Group - 5 November 2020 - Notes

 

Committee Comment

1.         Patrick O’Connor, Henry Jaiswal, and Shreejana Chhetri, members of the Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG), updated the Committee about the work of the MAG. Henry has been appointed officially as Deputy Chair of the MAG.

2.         The minutes of the MAG meeting were appended to the agenda.  Patrick provided thanks to everyone for providing information to the MAG, including Claire Appleby-Phillips regarding the Strengthening Communities Fund initiative, Anna Elphick from ChristchurchNZ, Nigel Cox CCC Sports and Events, and Katy McRae, CCC Engagement Team.

3.         Shreejana spoke about the “One Every Five Minutes” evening to be held at Tūranga Library on 15 December 2020 from 5-7pm. This will be a panel discussion on the future of gender-based violence in Aotearoa.  An invitation will be extended to Councillors to the event.

4.         Discussion was held about trying to reduce racism and MAG members agreed to give that matter further consideration at a future MAG meeting.

 

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00014

Part C

That the Multicultural Committee:

1.         Receive the verbal report from  Patrick O’Connor, Henry Jaiswal and Shreejana Chhetri on the Multicultural Advisory Group notes of 5 November 2020.

2.         Thank the MAG for the commitment as volunteers to attend the meetings.

 

Councillor Chen/Councillor Daniels                                                                                                                  Carried

 

 

8.   Update from CCC Recreation, Sports & Events Unit

 

Committee Comment

1.         David Bailey, Manager of CCC Recreation and Sports Services provided the meeting with a presentation about the activities undertaken to support the Multicultural Strategy in the Council’s Recreation and Sports facilities in the city, including a working group set up to work on initiatives and new practices for the facilities.

2.         Discussion was held about separated spaces in some of the facilities for independent swimming. Information on which pools provide this service will be provided to the Committee.

 

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00015

Part C

That the Multicultural Committee:

1.         Receive the Recreation, Sports & Events update by David Bailey, Manager Recreation and Sports Services.

 

Councillor Chen/Councillor Chu                                                                                                                         Carried

 

 

9.   Multicultural Strategy Implementation Plan Update

 

Committee Comment

1.         Claire Appleby-Phillips spoke to her report about the work on the implementation of the Multicultural Strategy.  This included about Funds available, including the Annual Strengthening Communities Fund and the Community Activation Fund.  Information on other funds given will be advised to the Committee.

2.         Information was requested to be provided to the Committee about support for the Rewi Alley Education and Cultural Centre.

3.         Discussion was held about a possible stocktake of the types of ethnic communities facilities across the city.

 

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00016

Part C

That the Multicultural Committee:

1.         Receive the report on the Multicultural Strategy Implementation Plan update.

2.         Ask staff to provide a stocktake of ethnic community facilities across the city that provide cultural and educational spaces for their respective communities.

 

Councillor Daniels/Councillor Johanson                                                                                                         Carried

 

 

10. Multicultural Strategy Implementation Update of Timelines

 

Committee Comment

1.         Claire Appleby-Phillips tabled the current Annual Diversity and Inclusion Report for members’ information.

2.         Staff were requested to provide:

a.         an update to the next meeting on statistics relating to voter turnout by ethnic groups;

b.         a memo about how the needs of diverse communities are taken into consideration in local emergency welfare planning, from Civil Defence.

3.         Councillor Chen thanked Claire for the comprehensive report.

4.         On behalf of the Committee, Councillor Chen acknowledged all staff for their work with the Committee in relation to monitoring of the Strategy, and effective and efficient meetings.

 

Committee Resolved MCSC/2020/00017

Part C

That the Multicultural Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the Multicultural Strategy Implementation Plan progress update report.

2.         Note amended timeframes for completion where appropriate.

Councillor Chen/Councillor Daniels                                                                                                                  Carried

 

 

Karakia/Whakamutunga – Councillor Daniels

   

Meeting concluded at 2.55pm.

 

CONFIRMED THIS 3RD DAY OF FEBRUARY 2021

Councillor Jimmy Chen

Chairperson

   


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7.     Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Masjidain on 15 March 2019

Reference / Te Tohutoro:

21/68867

Report of / Te Pou Matua:

Gary Watson, Principal Advisor

General Manager / Pouwhakarae:

Mary Richardson, GM Citizens and Community

 

 

1.   Brief Summary

1.1       The purpose of this report is for the Multicultural Committee to receive correspondence from the Office of the Mayor (Attachment A) about the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch Masjidain on 15 March 2019 (the report).

1.2       A link to the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s report is available in this report below the Attachments.

1.3       The Royal Commission released the report into the terrorist attacks on 8 December 2020. The report contains recommendations which are of direct interest and impact on the multicultural community of Christchurch, as well as some recommendations of direct relevance to local government.

2.   Officer Recommendations / Ngā Tūtohu

That the Multicultural Committee:

1.         Receive the correspondence from the Office of the Mayor, Christchurch City Council about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Masjidain on 15 March 2019.

2.         Request staff try to arrange for a briefing by the Royal Commission/Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for Councillors and members of the Multicultural Advisory Group.

3.         Formally consider the report and engage with the Multicultural Advisory Group and other relevant organisations to consider next steps.

4.         Report back to the Council on the outcome of the engagement.

 

 

 

Attachments / Ngā Tāpirihanga

No.

Title

Page

a

Letter from Mayor Dalziel on Royal Commission Inquiry Report into the Terrorist Attacks

13

 

 

In addition to the attached documents, the following background information is available:

Document Name

Location / File Link

Royal Commission of Inquiry Report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch Masjidain on 15 March 2019

https://christchurchattack.royalcommission.nz/the-report/download-report/download-the-report/

 

 

 

 

Confirmation of Statutory Compliance / Te Whakatūturutanga ā-Ture

Compliance with Statutory Decision-making Requirements (ss 76 - 81 Local Government Act 2002).

(a) This report contains:

(i)  sufficient information about all reasonably practicable options identified and assessed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages; and

(ii) adequate consideration of the views and preferences of affected and interested persons bearing in mind any proposed or previous community engagement.

(b) The information reflects the level of significance of the matters covered by the report, as determined in accordance with the Council's significance and engagement policy.

 

 

 

Signatories / Ngā Kaiwaitohu

Authors

Liz Ryley - Committee and Hearings Advisor

Gary Watson - Manager Community Partnerships and Planning

Approved By

John Filsell - Head of Community Support, Governance and Partnerships

Mary Richardson - General Manager Citizens & Community

  


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