|Migrant focus at live radio event|
16 February 2017 - By Mick Jensen - The education room at the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre will host a live radio panel discussion on the changing faces of migrants in rural New Zealand this Saturday (February 18).
The discussion will be hosted by Sally Carlton from the Speak Up Korerotia radio programme.
It will feature a group of local migrants who have been selected through their contribution to the New Lives, New Voices exhibition at Ashburton Museum.
The exhibition asked for portraits and short profiles on newcomers for an updated portrait wall.
The migrants will introduce themselves, speak about their backgrounds and their reasons for moving to New Zealand.
They will also share their experiences of being accepted into a rural community, their reasons for coming here and for taking part in the museum's migrant project.
Ashburton Museum director Tanya Robinson said the radio discussion was an exciting event for the district and further highlighted the New Voice, New Lives exhibition.
The exhibition had replaced portraits of the district's founders and historic figures with the faces of migrants to highlight the diverse, multi cultural society that was Ashburton today, said Mrs Robinson.
The public is welcome to attend the live panel discussion, which starts at 2pm.
Bookings are essential and places limited. Call the Ashburton Museum on 307 7890 to book a seat.
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