‘These occasions recognise and celebrate the diversity of our nation, being able to share this significant event in the Muslim calendar at parliament with community and religious leaders ... is a wonderful example of inclusiveness and participation.’
As Minister for Ethnic Communities, it is important to acknowledge this special time of the year for our Muslim community both here and abroad as they celebrate the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan.
A new initiative aimed at mentoring organisations which helps migrants and refugees settle in New Zealand kicked off in Auckland last week with a launch attended by 110 people, including the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Communities, Melissa Lee.
A draft report on New Zealand’s performance under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination has been released for public comment.
New Zealand is one of 177 countries that are a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Convention commits State Parties to the elimination of racial discrimination, affirms the necessity to adopting national measures to secure the effective recognition and observance of the principles set out in the human rights treaty.
Wednesday, 2 September 2015 - 11:37am
On Thursday 20 August over 100 people from wider communities, services providers, government agencies and representatives from Shakti branches across the country as well as Sydney and Melbourne joined Shakti’s 20th anniversary celebration at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland. The event was opened and blessed by local iwi and followed by a line-up of dynamic speakers including leading professionals in the family violence sector. Attendees were inspired by a documentary video showing the remarkable 20 years journey of Shakti.
Today the Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga recognised and congratulated Christchurch Young Leaders programme members for continuing their leadership learning journey by developing a digital website presence project funded and supported by the Ministry of Youth Development Fund 2015/2016.