Community Outcome - Multicultural and Creative
This page describes the Community Outcome: Porirua is Multicultural and Creative.
Porirua is multicultural and creative - "A vibrant and creative city that celebrates diversity, involves people, and has a sense of belonging".
We are proud of who we are and where we live. Our city is youthful and has a diverse range of cultures.In Porirua Ngati Toa is tangata whenua. We welcome new citizens from around the world.
The city is a happening place offering local people and visitors plenty of opportunities to use world class facilities and to take part in a range of exciting and creative activities. These include Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Te Rauparaha Arena and the Porirua Little Theatre. Cultural and creative highlights include the Festival of the Elements, Creekfest and the annual Northern Schools Polyfest.
Our creativity is expressed in different ways, in business excellence across the city, in technological innovation and through the creative arts and an active voluntary sector. We recognise and celebrate our successes through a range of Civic Awards and awards for sports, art and business. Creative residents and groups are supported in many ways. For example the Porirua Community Arts Council disburses funding to increase participation in the arts through its Creative Communities funding.
Local creativity is important to Porirua residents. 72% agreed with the statement that Porirua has a rich and diverse arts scene in Quality of Life Survey (2012). This was higher than the six participating council average of 47%.
Council makes a significant contribution towards making Porirua vibrant and creative. We do this by providing state-of-the-art venues and facilities for locals and visitors to enjoy, supporting community festivals and celebrations, protecting heritage sites and working with our diverse communities on a range of activities including village planning and community development.
There are many projects and activities that illustrate Porirua's multiculturalism and creativity. Two examples are:
(1) Festival of the Elements
The elements of earth and air, fire and water are concepts with universal appeal and have been instrumental in uniting cultures in celebration on Waitangi Day every year since 1992. Known as the Festival of the Elements, this event is organised by the Porirua Community Arts Council and showcases Porirua's cultural diversity through visual and performing arts. It has become an event not to be missed on the Poriura calendar.
(2) Celebrating success at all levels
We celebrate success in Porirua in many ways. We have many local awards the celebrate the success of our people, organisations and clubs. We are often nominated for regional, national and international awards and have a history of success. As a city we need to make sure we showcase and acknowledge our achievements on all stages, as there are many benefits including increasing city pride and strengthening village and economic development.
Many organisations, sectors, forums and people contribute to making Porirua a vibrant multicultural and creative city. These include youth groups, sports clubs, arts, culture and leisure groups as well as schools, businesses and government agencies. Some examples include:
Other city and regional strategies, policies and programmes help to make Porirua multicultural and creative. These include economic and social development plans, settlement support plans and services and information on many of our services.
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