The ANZ Community and Migrant Expo 2019 was several notches above many of its previous attempts, as it not only attracted a strong attendance of visitors but also kept them meaningfully engaged throughout the day-long event held on Saturday, October 5, at the Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf in Auckland CBD.

Over 2,000 people had attended the sixth edition of ANZ Community and Migrant Expo on a bright sunny Saturday, benefitting from the interactions with a range of service-providers exhibiting their services to assist in a hassle-free settling process in their new country of residence.

Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Cassandra Lee, Senior Manager - Migrant Business and Community Development said, “We were thrilled with this year’s expo, it was great to see so many different cultures represented. The cultural performances were definitely a highlight for our visitors.”

There were seven cultural performances, including a Lion Dance, South African Fashion show, a Sri Lankan dance and Kpop dance performance, and a range of delicious food stalls selling food from around the world.

There were over 60 exhibitors at the expo including the NZ Police, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and their sniffer dogs, Immigration New Zealand, Auckland Transport, Volunteering Auckland, Inland Revenue, and Disability Connect.

This year, NZ Fire & Emergency also had their fire truck parked outside and brought along virtual reality ‘escape my house’ headsets for people to try. There was also a kids ‘Wendy House’ that which simulated a room filled with smoke, to allow children to practice escaping a room in case of a fire.

There were seven free seminars running throughout the day, covering topics that included how to join the NZ Police, knowing your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and landlord, and how to keep New Zealand waste-free.

Explaining further about the focus this year of the much-popular expo Cassandra said, “This year we focused on providing information across four key areas - NZ education system, employment, housing and public services.”

“At ANZ we understand what it’s like to move to a new country because many of our staff are migrants too.”

The ANZ Community and Migrant Expo serves as a place where people can come together to connect, find support, and enjoy experiencing other cultures.

“We’ve had positive feedback from previous ANZ Migrant Expos, with thousands of visitors over the years saying it not only helped them understand the New Zealand environment, but visitors made friends and business contacts, found flatmates and even landed job interviews,” Cassandra said.