About

The history of Kerala immigrants in Wellington dates back several decades. It is our belief that a dynamic and creative evolution is vital to the growth and welfare of every growing society. Therefore we feel that it is high time for us to get organised, so as to be able to represent ourselves better. To achieve this, we should not only define and clarify to ourselves the values, beliefs, and aspirations of the Kerala community, but also consider how our unique cultural aspects would interlink and harmonise with the norms and values of the wider society around us and the western way of life.

We also would like to aim at teaching our mother tongue Malayalam to our children and future generations.  This endeavour to bring about the integration of our community within the broader social context, has to be based on equality and should be able to transcend the diverse religious, social, financial, and educational backgrounds of our members if any. The Wellington Malayalee Association is the outcome of such an egalitarian and enlightened thinking.

Vision

“Servant Leadership”

The modern servant leadership movement was launched by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970 with his essay, “The Servant as Leader,” in which he coined the terms “servant-leader” and “servant leadership.” The general concept is ancient as from the time of Chanakya who wrote, in the 4th century B.C., in his book Arthashastra, about Servant Leadership.

The ten characteristics of Servant Leadership are listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of others, and building community.

Servant leadership is a lifelong journey that includes discovery of one’s self, a desire to serve others, and a commitment to lead. Unlike leadership approaches with a top-down hierarchical style, servant leadership instead emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. At heart, the individual is a servant first, making the conscious decision to lead in order to better serve others, not to increase their own power. The objective is to enhance the growth of individuals in the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.

With this Vision in mind Wellington Malayalee Association will be working within our community to build up our Social Capital by Communication, Contribution and Creation.

Statement and purpose

To deliver culturally appropriate services to our members, with an emphasis on furthering the delivery of holistic aspects of health and education, as well as facilitating networking and partnership with other cultural groups. We would also like to assist new arrivals with their settlement and integration in New Zealand society.

Welcome to the Wellington Malayalee Association