Many nationalities call Nelson home but some struggle to settle in and feel accepted. Rotary Whakatu made a decision several years ago to become part of the solution by promoting cultural understanding within the community.
In 2020 the club worked with Nelson's Colombian community to publicly celebrate their national day and they helped the Chinese community run a very successful Chinese New Year celebration.  The club actively invites members of other cultures to attend club meetings and be guest speakers. These connections have opened up membership opportunities and, as a result, the club has become more culturally diverse.
Under the banner of 'Unity in Cultural Diversity' ties with Nelson’s migrant communities have been further strengthened -  opening up new opportunities to  promote peace and positive race relations.