Requests Culture & Knowledge

Driving mentors required

The Mid Canterbury Rural Driver Licensing Scheme is looking for driving mentors to help our rural newcomers to learn to drive. You will need a full license, a sense of humour and to remain calm while your student learns a new skill. Our adult clients are rural and for most, English is a second language. It's a lot of fun and you meet some amazing people. We provide support and the clients provide the car for lessons. We also reimburse mileage to cover costs when you travel to meet your student.

Lessons Education Transport Culture & Knowledge Tutoring / Mentoring Driving instruction Different Culture

Volunteers to run events and activities

Share your passion!  Run a workshop, organise a walk, do a talk, teach cooking, organise a sports team, start a hobby group or anything you want, with the full support of the Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network.  We are always looking to run events and activities, either a weekly/monthly thing or one-off events.   

Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing Recreation Culture & Knowledge Different Culture

Cultural & Historical Knowledge of Staveley Forest/Sawmill Rd Bush

Part of the Staveley Camp Forest Restoration Project is to engage schools and local community in learning about biodiversity and the need to protect our degraded natural spaces. This includes working to develop a 'Head, Hands, Heart' environmental education programme. We see benefits for the forest itself and for the students and teachers in creating purpose built fun forest activities that can awaken interests in the students in subjects as diverse as ecology, history, creative writing, art and complex systems. We are looking for any cultural and historical knowledge about the bush itself and the immediate local area in order to weave it into our education programmes so that this knowledge can be sustainably and indefinitely retained. We are seeking local stories, memories, legends, historical events and any other interesting information. Why, for example, was a 9 hectare stand of forest left standing on SAWMILL rd?! If you have anything to offer, we would love to hear it. Please get in touch :-)

Other Community Activities Culture & Knowledge Special Projects History

Creative writing and content creation

Enjoy creative writing?  Used to have a blog? Spending hours on writing long and complex Facebook posts?  This is the right place for you! We are looking for content contributors for the Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network newsletter in The Guardian. (see past newsletters here) Anything related to newcomers to Ashburton (both migrants and Kiwis), cultural events in the area, personal profiles for newcomers (contact me for guiding template) or any other idea you come up with that relates to the topic.  It's a chance to write something that will go out in a newspaper with a readership of over 17000 people. I'll be happy to provide guidance and editing.   

Other Community Activities Culture & Knowledge Special Projects Geography / Geology