December 2012

Training success for Unitec Institute of Technology

Photograph of Berlinda Chin - presenting certificates to Unitec staff

New Zealand’s largest institute of technology, Unitec, has been recognised by the Office of Ethnic Affairs for its success in equipping its people to communicate across social and cultural boundaries.

Unitec has around 2,100 staff and 23,000 students based on three campuses across Auckland. Students come from more than 80 different countries and take courses in a wide range of disciplines from nursing to architecture, computing to gas-fitting.

Since 2011 Unitec has been using the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) Training Programme.

Ending the year on a training note

The final Intercultural Awareness and Communication training for the 2012 year was held on 11 and 12 December, with eight diverse participants learning how to deliver the training to others.

The training is a core part of the work of the Office of Ethnic Affairs. It aims to improve the skills of individuals so they can work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and establish effective communication, interaction and workplace relationships.

These trainees can then become trainers themselves, championing ethnic diversity in their own workplace.

EthnicA 2013 - Focus on leadership

EthnicA 2013 - Focus on leadership
One more stimulating 2013 EthnicA conference to go! Come along for cutting edge debate about ethnic diversity issues on Saturday 11 May at Wellington Town Hall.
The audience at EthnicA Christchurch
2013 EthnicA Wellington conference programme

Are you interested in helping to make decisions in the public sector?

Photograph of ethnic business woman

The Office of Ethnic Affairs has a database of ethnic New Zealanders who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups, including those of Crown companies.

The positions are an excellent opportunity to contribute to the prosperity and strength of New Zealand’s economy and communities.  Ethnic people can register their interest and availability to take up board appointments.

To be considered for these roles you need to display one or more of the following characteristics:

New guide for visitors to China launched

Photograph of the China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China booklet

A new booklet, China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China, was launched at a ceremony organised by the University of Auckland’s Confucius Institute during Chinese State Councillor Liu Yandong’s recent visit to New Zealand.

State Councillor Liu’s visit took place ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China on 22 December. Her visit highlighted the strong links New Zealand and China have in science, technology and education, and the intention to boost co-operation between our two countries in these areas.

Budding social entrepreneurs meet for Wellington workshops

A group of 12 budding social entrepreneurs have met in the Capital as part of the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ workshop in Wellington on the topic.

The social enterprise model is seen as an alternative funding source for organisations which have traditionally received grants from the Government.

It involves organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

At the first workshop in Wellington on 8 December the 12 participants heard from four speakers.

Supporting ethnic entrepreneurs

Photograph of Christchurch Social Enterprise workshop attendees

The first Office of Ethnic Affairs’ led intensive training programme on social enterprise for ethnic entrepreneurs was held in Christchurch on Saturday 1 December.

Social enterprises are organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

Enhancing ethnic diversity capability in the workplace

Enhancing ethnic diversity capability in the workplace
The Office of Ethnic Affairs has signed an agreement with the New Zealand Institute of Management to improve the management of our ethnically diverse workplaces.
Photograph of Paul James and Keith Gaunt
Read more about enhancing diversity capability in the workplace

Young Leaders tackle the complexities of culture

Photograph of Berlinda Chin

Figuring out how culture affects real life experiences was the challenge put to members of our Young Leaders Auckland Pilot Programme at their most recent training session.

Role play and discussion were used to improve understanding about the complexities of culture, effective communication and the importance of cultural self awareness.

The importance of understanding unconscious bias which influences our attitudes and behaviour was also a focus.