Nicolee is new co-ordinator

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Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network co-ordinator Nicolee Ayton with fellow migrant support worker Adi Avnit.

Mid Canterbury raised Nicolee Ayton is the new Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network co-ordinator and the first non-migrant in the role for a number of years.

A former Mt Hutt College student, she has a health sciences degree from Canterbury University and previously worked as a property manager in Christchurch.

Ms Ayton said she was looking forward to meeting and working with the district’s large migrant community and locals.

She was currently working with colleague Adi Avnit from the Hakatere Multi Cultural Council and Ashburton council in organising an event called Welcoming Week, which would run late this month.

The event would showcase the district’s facilities and services to newcomers.

Tours would run to places like Hakatere Marae, BASE Youth centre, Ashburton Domain, the library, art gallery and museum, said Ms Ayton.

“We’re also hoping to organise a Latino Feast Night event on October 3 that is open to the whole community.”

The Ashburton district had a sizeable Latino group of between 200 and 300 Latinos, she said.

In her role Ms Ayton will also be encouraging more ethnic groups to showcase and share their heritage and traditions with the community.

The Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network co-ordinator role is funded for 12 hours per week.

Outside of work, Nicolee Ayton is a keen equestrian.

She is a showjumper and spends early mornings working with racehorses trained by her mother.