Tamilians are scattered all around the world, but the Tamil language and culture connect all of us together. Reasons for the migration of our community may differ, but there is a need for us to unite to leap forward as a society to preserve Tamil history, language and its cultural values, and pass them into our future generations. Tamil language is one of the oldest languages in the world, with a history of at least five thousand years. The Canterbury Tamil Society (CTS) is helping our families with keeping our values alive in Canterbury region. It’s been active from 1995 and still going from strength to strength.
As per the objectives defined in our constitution, we thrive to promote our language and cultural activities, to foster enhanced relationship between our community and other communities, to support humanitarian causes related to Tamil speaking communities, and to help other communities or relief organisations in their needs.
The CTS has accomplished several milestones in the past including, but not limited to, Tsunami relief in 2004, expressing our concern about humanitarian aspects to parliamentarians of New Zealand, continuous Tamil classes and cultural activity training every week for the kids aged from 3 to 16, and promoting our cultural events and activities among our community and other communities.
We would like to thank our members and Christchurch city council for providing the funds to the CTS. We have done successful fundraising events too. We welcome all people with roots of Tamil to join us and help to grow the society and give us strength to carry on our objectives.
- To promote Tamil Language education, Culture and Sports.
- To foster improved relationship between Tamil community and other communities in New Zealand.
- To show solidarity to and support humanitarian causes relating to Tamil speaking communities.
- To help and assist any community or relief organisation
- Constitution of Canterbury Tamil Society