Provides lived experience advice to help Council staff understand the needs and perspective of diverse communities.

Applications for Council's Multicultural Advisory Group have now closed.


The Multicultural Advisory Group was established to provide advice and consultations only to

  • bring impartial, informed advice to the Council to facilitate participation and consultation on issues related to multicultural communities.
  • advise the Christchurch City Council (Council) of the views, concerns and aspirations of all diverse communities. 
  • raise awareness of the aspirations, needs and concerns of these communities, within government and the community.
  • facilitate interaction between the diverse cultural profile of all residents in Christchurch communities.

Find out more about the group in the Multicultural Advisory Group's Terms of Reference [PDF, 678 KB].


 Name Ethnicity Community group
Henry Jaiswal (Chair)  Indian  
Maria Pasene Niuean/Cook Island Pasifika people
Losana Korovulavula Fijian Pasifika People through Tangata Atumotu Trust
Janneth Gil Colombian  
Zahra Hussaini Afghan United Afghan Association of Canterbury
Jumayah Binte Haji Ahmad
Anastasia Campbell Russian  
Jinky Knowler Filipino Filipino
Badia Sabil Moroccan  
Patrick O’Connor Pākeha  
Nawal Hussein Somalian  
Roy Du  Chinese  
Aklilu Habteghiorghis Eritrean  
Christopher Ponniah Sri Lankan Tamil  
Olivia Dallison African  
Sandy Suei Taiwanese / Chinese  
Estevao Daniel de Souza Brazilian