Who We Are

Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC) is a recognised and established charitable organisation which has been operating within Palmerston North for over 27 years providing an essential point of contact for new migrants, refugees and newcomers to the City. The Council operates as a coordinating body for the many different ethnic groups and operates to provide information, resources and activities providing opportunities to get information on all aspects of New Zealand life and facilitating the forming of social connections.

MMC latest AGM was on Tuesday 13 October 2020

The following were elected:

Executive Members

President: Nina Kirschbaum - Global Parents Support Group
Vice-President: Maria Loureiro - Palmeirinhos - Brazilian Community
Secretary: Tania Kopytko - Manawatu Russian Dance Group
Treasurer: Angel Kwan - Global Parents Support Group.

Committee Members
Teisa Kurene - International Group
Netra Ghimire - Bhutanese Community
Manmit Singh - Indian Socio-Cultural Society

Centre Staff 

Hannah Nhung Nguyen - Office Administrator, Communications and Project Support

Xin chao! Hi!
My name is Hannah Nhung Nguyen, and I am from Vietnam. I came to New Zealand in 2020 following my husband’s PhD study at Massey University. My professional background is international relations, education and community development. I have a great passion and energy for bringing people together, helping them believe in their strengths and values and support them to achieve their goals, and I love to see my own achievement through others' success. I have recently joined MMC since July 2021, and I enjoy working here very much. MMC is a wonderful place where you can meet and make friends with people from diverse cultures. I look forward to welcoming you to MMC!

Supporting the staff at the Centre is a great team of volunteers who are vital to the services and activities provided by the Centre

Meet some of our volunteers