• Farewell to Tayyaba Khan

    This week, we bid farewell to our colleague, Tayyaba Khan, who is moving on from the Office of Ethnic Communities to explore new adventures.

    In her time as Manager Community Engagement, Tayyaba has made a marked and appreciated contribution to OEC. Many of you have had the pleasure to meet Tayyaba during her time here, and see her dedication to our ethnic communities.

  • New Family Violence Law takes effect

    Poster for family violence ad

    On 3 December 2018, strangulation or suffocation, coerced marriage or civil union, and assault on a family member were introduced as amendments to the Family Violence Act 2018. Now, these behaviours are prosecutable under the Act as practices of family violence. Changes have also been made to help reduce trauma and improve the court experience for victims of family violence. 

  • Cherry Blossom Festival and Art Salon held in Auckland

    Some of the attendees at the Cherry Blossom Festival

    Auckland’s Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple held its annual two day Cherry Blossom festival on 24 and 25 November 2018. 

    The festival welcomed spring and celebrated the beauty of cherry blossoms with musical performances, a blessing ceremony for babies and children, tea meditation, and vegetarian food stalls to coincide with International Vegetarian Day.