One of the images in the photographic exhibition "Belonging [Hononga] [Pertencimento]".
"Jaspreet was born in India in the state of Rajasthan, which is known for its historical hill, forts, and palaces. After finishing her studies, Jaspreet's first job took her to the vibrant and busy capital of India - New Delhi. this is where she discovered that she is a career-driven woman and wants to inspire more women to become empowered and independent.
Jaspreet got married in 2011 and relocated to New Zealand in 2012 to join her husband here.
After moving to Palmerston North, it was not hard for Jaspreet to find her first job, After working as a technology transfer adviser for four years, Jaspreet took a risk of starting her own consulting business and worked with several regional and national organisations on projects that needed research and advice.
Now Jaspreet works as a Principal Adviser at the Ministry for Primary Industries. Her work involves production of insights that help in identifying and defining new opportunities and risks to New Zealand primary sectors in export markets.
_Jaspreet is a mother of two. she is extremely passionate about her culture and loves that she gets to raise her children in Palmerston North. Jaspreet's ethos is simple, she wants her children to be kind and considerate of diversity. _
One thing that Jaspreet has found challenging is being a career-orientated woman and mother at the same time. Raising kids with both parents working full time and no additional support is hard, but not impossible.
She aims to blaze a trail for girls and women in her community and beyond to be confident, resilient and follow their dreams."
The exhibition reflects on the personal experience of the photographer, Aline Frey, as a migrant woman who chose Palmerston North as a new home for her family and herself.
"Belonging" is a series of 10 portraits celebrating migrant women who made Palmy their new home. By allowing characters to share their narratives as they open their hearts to spectators, the exhibition focuses on a multiplicity of ethnicities and biographies. It follows migrant stories while giving a nuanced portrayal of the city's ethnic and cultural diversity. Above all, the exhibition aims to give visibility to migrants' diverse roles in PN society, as attendees can learn and better understand the challenges and achievements of each person's journey. Attendees are also invited to reflect back on their own whakapapa and family memories while making connections and recognising the city’s multicultural formation.
The exhibition was organised by Palmeirinhos – Brazilian Heritage Group. All events organised by Palmeirinhos are open to the general public and have been attended by many members of different communities, as well as local kiwis. These Palmeirinhos events have been giving Brazilian children a sense of belonging to the new land that their parents chose to call home. Those children are learning to be proud of who they are and at the same time learning to respect and accept the cultural differences of this very diverse city.