Whether it’s enjoying the tastes of Te Puke, the ‘Kiwifruit Capital of the World’, shopping in downtown Tauranga; the sights of Katikati, ‘New Zealand’s Mural Town’ or spending time relaxing at Waihi Beach, or Mount Maunganui Beach, some of the District’s many tranquil coastal havens, the Western Bay offers something for everyone.
The Western Bay of Plenty Newcomers group meets for coffee every Wednesday at 10:30am at the Tauranga Multicultural Centre at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue.
In addition to that, from time to time the Newcomers arrange to go to other events around the region, organise a picnic or put their walking shoes and work up some sweat. Please join us – we would love to meet you!
Why Join Us
Join us to make new friends, find out about events and get involved in your new community.
We look forward to welcoming you to our weekly get together – Wednesdays, 10.30am until 12 noon at Multicultural Tauranga.Join Us
Coordinator - Elena Spektor
I am Elena Spektor, and I am the co-ordinator of the Western Bay of Plenty Newcomers Network. The service is delivered by Multicultural Tauranga, but it covers the entire area from Katikati to Te Puke, with Tauranga the hub of our activities.
Let me tell you why I think the Newcomers Network is a great group to join.
I am from Odessa, a port city on the Black Sea in the Ukraine. When I came to Tauranga in 2014 with my husband, who had a job lined up, I knew nobody here. I felt lonely and miserable. Looking for English classes, I found Multicultural Tauranga and was invited to drop in at their Newcomers Network meetings.
The Newcomers were exactly what I needed. I soon made new friends from all over the world. My English, which had been very basic when I first arrived, improved in leaps and bounds. I made new connections and got my first voluntary job with the Bay of Plenty Interpreting Service, which is run by Multicultural Tauranga. This helped me into my first paid job in New Zealand because I had a reference from a local organisation. Most importantly, through joining the Newcomers Network I gained a lot of confidence not only in using English but by being part of a group of friendly people, and by eventually feeling that I belong here.
My story is typical. I am now Newcomers Network co-ordinator because I want other people to benefit the same way I benefited from joining this group.
I look forward to welcoming you to our weekly meetings. They are nicknamed the “Coffee and Cookie Club”. Join us for a cuppa and a chat with some of our friendly regular members. Or explore some of our great outdoors with the group. There is no need for anyone to feel isolated and lonely.
Anyone can join regardless of age, nationality or language spoken. We welcome you if you are new to a region. It doesn’t matter whether you come from around New Zealand or from around the world. It doesn’t matter what visa or residency status you have.
Joining your local Newcomers group is a great way to meet people and make friends in your new community.
And – it’s free!