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2021 - Faces of Selwyn on air

For our third annual Faces of Selwyn we're hitting the air waves with a podcast with 13 new stories.

Tune in to Plains FM 96.9 to listen to the stories from our community of how people came to settle in Selwyn. Listen to their journey to Selwyn and learn about a range of different cultures across the globe, from Malaysia to Mexico. 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.

Listen to our introductory episode or tune in each week at 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to Plains FM 96.9 for a new episode. Or check back here or on Spotify, Apple iTunes

5pm Tuesday 28th Paul Ubana Jones

5pm Wednesday 29th September Hafsa Ahmed

5pm  Thursday 30th September Jian Liu

5pm Tuesday 5th October Soon-Lee Spicer and Asako Ridgen

5pm Wednesday 6th October Monika Rastogi

5pm Thursday 7th October Ritodhi Chakraborty and Aline Carrara

5pm Tuesday 12th October Anaya Cole

5pm Wednesday 13th October Rita Yosef

5pm Thursday 14th October Maria Mendoza


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.