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Replicating networking success

Replicating networking success

After the success of a fun networking event for newcomers in Rakaia in March, the Ashburton-based Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand (FDWNZ) is planning another get-together, this time in Methven.

The evening event includes games of bingo alongside information to help new immigrants integrate into the local community - such as embassy contacts, how to access health care, emergency helplines and language testing centres.

FDWNZ chairman Earl Magtibay said there were now about 4000 people from the Philippines in Mid Canterbury, with most of them working on dairy farms.

Filipino dairy workers continue to play a vital role in the rural economy in Mid Canterbury as workers come to New Zealand to create a better life.

The support group for Filipino community was formed in 2007 when a few Filipino farm workers based around the Rangitata decided to help each other - back when there were fewer Filipinos in the community.

Magtibay said the FDWNZ organises events for the local community including a basketball league, concerts and an annual Christmas celebration.

What you need to know

When: Saturday, April 13 at 7pm

Where: Mt Hutt Memorial Hall in Methven

What: Networking, information for people new to the area, and bingo at $5 a card.

By Sharon Davis