‘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.
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.
Ethnic New Zealanders can have their say on the future of New Zealand’s flag as part of the current Flag Consideration Project.
The Flag Consideration Project has been appointed to develop and lead a public engagement process on the future of the New Zealand flag. It is an independent body that is running a community-driven conversation about this key issue.
An initiative between the Police and Wellington’s Pacific community could have positive implications for other ethnic groups around New Zealand, including South Auckland’s Punjabi community. The Wellington Pasifika Community Patrol is a voluntary group of around 30 locals who, since January 2015, has partnered with Wellington Police, Wellington City Council and Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ) to help keep inner-city Wellington safe.