November 2012

An exciting multicultural community hub

Photograph of Dr Parrill with a vietnamese student in front of the books available at the Palmerston North City Library

The multicultural section of the Palmerston North City Library has become an exciting community hub thanks to its librarian’s hard work.

Kapiti Coast District Council and Dunedin's Prison join Language Line

Language line has added two new agencies to the 90 or so already participating in the telephone interpreting service, which is run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

Wellington stakeholders meet for their quarterly meeting

Attendees at the Wellington stakeholder meeting

The last quarterly meeting of the year for Wellington stakeholders was held on Wednesday 14 November.

Family violence activities

White Ribbon - Stop Family Violence logo

White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is an international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.

Chilean Artist inspired by Wellington coastline

Photograph of Playa Designs White lady sculpture

Emerging Chilean Artist, Ronal Villalobos will host his first exhibition, Playa Designs, in Wellington from 19 -25 November 2012.

Ronal is the founder of Playa Designs, and the creator and designer of a range of unique driftwood sculptures, mosaics, drawings and artwork. Ronal draws his inspiration from the coast, the beach, his native Chile and his new home, Wellington. In Spanish, “playa” means beach. 

Social Enterprise Training Workshops

The Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) invites you to submit an expression of interest to attend two Social Enterprise training workshops.

  • Are you a change-maker or social innovator?
  • Are you interested in social enterprise?
  • Do you have an idea that could be a social enterprise idea?
  • Want to know how to implement your idea? 

Then read on!

Top Chinese educators visit the Office of Ethnic Affairs

Diana Clark Manager Language Line and Mr Peng Xingqi, a Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Education

The Office of Ethnic Affairs welcomed a delegation of senior Chinese government officials involved in language education on Tuesday morning. Led by Mr Peng Xingqi, a Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Education in Beijing, the group included other educational leaders from several provinces.

Constitutional Advisory Panel - have your say on New Zealand's constitutional arrangements

The Government is currently undertaking a review of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements. The themes covered in the review are:

A Year in Review - new guide to our work

The Office of Ethnic Affairs works to promote the benefits of ethnic diversity to increase prosperity for every New Zealander. We aim to provide the highest quality advice regarding ethnic diversity issues.

The booklet  "A Year in Review" celebrates our work and achievements in 2011-2012. It also contains links to in-depth information if you would like to find out more.

This booklet covers six areas.

Family violence and ethnic communities

Family violence speaks many languages, has many colours, and lives in everyone’s community.

We understand that family violence is a difficult thing to talk about.

It creates a sense of shame for many ethnic communities. It arouses fear of alienation and stigmatisation.

A critical step in its reduction is to ensure that family violence can be discussed without fear and that offenders and victims can seek help.