About Aoraki Multi-cultural Council


The Aoraki Migrant Centre is a non-Government organisation which comes under the umbrella of the Aoraki Multicultural council. 

The Aoraki Multicultural Council was formed in May 2004, as an initiative to raise funds for the Tsunami in South East Asia.
Later, we became a member of NZFEC – Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils (now New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils).

We now have members from 70 different cultural backgrounds involved in the council.

The Vision and Mission 

  • To value people and celebrate cultural diversity 
  • To promote goodwill, tolerance and understanding among people of diverse ethnic cultures 
  • To work together in our community with the aim of fostering a tolerant and harmonious society 
  • The Aoraki community is one of inclusion and acceptance allowing all cultures to have a sense of belonging and know they are valued contributors

More About What We Do


  • Promote, preserve and support multi cultural customs, languages and cultures of the district through social contacts, festivals and gatherings
  • Support and guide people on personal and community matters to help them settle while retaining their cultural identities
  • Promote joint actions and interactions between different cultural groups within the region



Kate Wright- Chairperson


Hi! My name is Kate Wright. I am the chairperson of Aoraki Multicultural Council and have been involved since its inauguration in 2004. I am married with three children, nine grand children and two great grand children. It is a priviledge to be a part of this vibrant international community here in south canterbury. I absolutely love it!

Leigh Lawless - Vice Chairperson


Kashyap Hari - Treasurer



Kashyap is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of Noone Plus Ltd, a locally owned Chartered Accountants & Business Advisory firm. He has lived in Timaru for about 16 years and coming into New Zealand as a migrant himself, he has a passion in helping migrants and newcomers coming into the South Canterbury region. He currently serves as a treasurer for Aoraki Multicultural Council, South Canterbury Indian Cultural Society and the Timaru Squash and Rackets Club. He also acts as an advisor to the Board of Squash Midlands. Kashyap is married and has two kids.

Yuko Eguchi - Executive


I am originally from Japan, living in Timaru since 2000. Life is hectic with 3 school aged children at the moment.

Love singing, doing my own nails and have a laugh with friends😊

Lata Kumar - Secretary


Working at The Timaru District Council, actively involved with The South Canterbury Indian Cultural Society as Secretary, On Board of the Aoraki Settling in Collective,

Member of the Hospice Fundraising Committee and Active member of The Bula Fiji Indian Community.

Tony Howey - Executive


Sina Latu - Executive



Mālō e lelei, my name is Sina Latu. I’m Tongan, married with 5 children and have moved here to Timaru in 2014. We call this place home because it’s beautiful and we love the community.

Hacer Tekinkaya - Executive


Hello! I'm Hacer, a child nutritionist and oral health promoter alongside being an executive at Aoraki Multicultural Council. I work with families of preschool children in south canterbury to help improve oral health and prevent tooth decay.

Belinda Dewe - Executive

I’m Belindad Dewe, a member of AMC since 2004.  I am happily married with 3 children aged 29, 27 and

 I’m Belindad Dewe, a member of AMC since 2004.  I am happily married with 3 children aged 29, 27 and 20 years. I worked as a health care assistant at Talbot Park. Meeting people from different ethnicity and learning different culture is one that I enjoy a lot. I know it’s hard to come in a new place and meet new people if you don’t know where to start as I have experienced 31 years ago that’s why I love to help and make new comers feel welcome.