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2022 - Faces of Selwyn on air

Faces of Selwyn returns to the air waves this month with seven new stories.

Tune in to Plains FM and listen live on air to people in our community share their journeys to Selwyn. Learn about a range of different cultures across the globe and be transported to their kitchen and dining room table as you learn how they cook and prepare their favourite dishes, from a savoury sour pork sinigang to sweet peda.

Each person, each face has a unique and rich story that brings something new to the tapestry of who we are, whilst revealing common threads that cross boundaries and connect us.

Tune in each week at 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to Plains FM 96.9 for a new episode. Or check back here or on SpotifyApple iTunes

12 September, 5pm: Deep Kumar

13 September, 5pm: Agnes Abuel-Guda

15 September, 5pm: Farin Nisa

19 September, 5pm: Keith Morrison

20 September, 5pm: Razi Syed

22 September, 5pm: Rue Jeche

23 September, 5pm: Hiba Elhanafy

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Celebrating Selwyn’s Diversity

Selwyn has a history of people arriving from different places, which has accelerated in recent years bringing with it a richness of culture.

The district has been the fastest growing region in New Zealand as people from all over the country and the world have chosen to call Selwyn home.

From the first people settled around Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere 600-700 years ago, through the arrival of the first wave of Pākehā settlers in the mid-1800s and to today, each face comes with a unique and rich story that brings something new to the tapestry of who we are. Yet there are also common threads that cross the boundaries of our stories and connect us.

The Selwyn District Council and the University of Canterbury School of Journalism have drawn together stories of residents from new arrivals to those whose stories go back over a hundred years. Through these stories and those that are to come in the future we hope to celebrate the diversity of our district and the things we have in common as the many Faces of Selwyn.

Read more Kā Kōrero o Waikirikiri Selwyn Stories here