Our mission statement is...

"To promote and protect the interests and aims of Ethnic people and Migrants"


Southland Multicultural Council Inc. is a member based organisation, affiliated to the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils.

Other functions include:

  • Promoting and Celebrating the benefits of Cultural Diversity in our Community.

  • Supporting and arranging Educational forums on the NZ way of life.

  • Educate our Community by encouraging new migrants to speak to groups about their life in New Zealand.

  • Assist with Settlement Issues through our office; social contacts; home visits; membership and invites to join Women's Group.

  • Membership is only $15 per year for families.

Who do I contact at
Southland Multicultural Council?

Please contact the Coordinator  on +64 3 214 9296 between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:30pm.

Professional Speaking for Migrants


Designed  by Speech New Zealand and offered in Invercargill by English Language Partners in collaboration with Southland Multicultural Council, this course is aimed at giving migrants from a non-English speaking background,  confidence and clarity in spoken English and public speaking.

Register for the FREE introductory workshop to learn how the course can help you

southland@englishlanguage.org.nzFor further information/ to register for the free workshop email:

Or Nalini Varghese 029 771 0950/ 03 2182736

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Migrants /refugees who want to improve their English speaking and listening skills to enable them to get positions and promotion which are in line with their level of skills and work experience
  • Graduates of University and Polytechnic courses who are job hunting in New Zealand
  • Spouses of skilled migrants who want to improve their confidence in speaking English to enable them to participate more fully in New Zealand society
  • Employers of migrants/refugees who want to encourage and support members of their staff to improve their English.

Course participants will

  • Gain confidence in communicating in English in one-to-one conversations
  • Be given voice exercises for English sounds which they need to practise
  • Learn to speak with clarity about their qualifications and work experience
  • Role play job interviews, telephone calls, and dealing with customers in work situations
  • Learn to give a talk to an audience about their career or community interest
  • Learn to use PowerPoint and other visual aids; speaking without notes
  • Learn to do social speeches (e.g. to introduce a speaker or to farewell a colleague)
  • Learn to read aloud from a publication related to their career, hobby or community work
  • Learn how to make small talk at networking and other events
  • Learn how to relax before a job interview or other stressful speaking events
  • Can appear for the Speech NZ exam and on passing the exam will receive a nationally recognized NZ Speech Certificate.

Note:  Applicants for the course will need to have at least an Intermediate level of English.


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