The Ashburton District “The Granary of New Zealand” covers the central part of the South Island. The area includes two of New Zealands premier salmon fishing rivers, the Rakaia & the Rangitata. It has the largest area of flat land in any district of New Zealand, and is intensively farmed. The Mid Canterbury area offers spectacular scenery, the rivers, lakes and open spaces of the alpine foothills are very popular with visitors and locals alike wanting to enjoy the spectacular scenery, trout/salmon fishing, skiing, and tranquillity of the area.
The Mid Canterbury Newcomers Group offers many regular & varied activities & events for newcomers, these include a coffee group, a playgroup, walking groups, craft group, Zumba and many other different activities. Join us, we would love to meet you!
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Coordinator - Sophie-Claire
I’m Sophie-Claire and I am from Mauritius, which is a small island off the coast of Madagascar. I moved to Ashburton during the summer of 2014. There is a lot of potential in this town and a vibrant community of migrants from around the world and newcomers from around New Zealand live and work here. Our local branch of the Newcomers Network is located at 44 Cass Street. I’m there on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 and 3.30pm and available for a chat if you would like to pop in. Alternatively, you can join our network by registering online through the Newcomers website. We also have a community on social media https://www.facebook.com/NewcomersMidCanterbury/ and I invite you to like our page and follow us for regular updates about events and activities we’re working on in the area.
I look forward to seeing you at our events and around town!