November 2013

Promoting religious tolerance and harmony

Highness Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, Prince of Arcot speaking at the Mother Teresa Interfaith meeting

An interfaith gathering held by the Mother Teresa Interfaith committee on 17 November provided opportunities for people to hear about the importance of religious tolerance and harmony to ensure world peace.

Indian Newslink Business Awards

Steven Joyce with the Supreme Business Award winner Vinod Kumar and category sponsors Tejal Ranchhod and Raman Ranchhod.

Ten succesful business people received awards for business excellence at an awards ceremony held  by Indian Newslink, an Indian newspaper. About 800 people attended the award ceremony on 18 November at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.

Building Bridges - Connecting Muslims and non-Muslims in New Zealand

Building Bridges - Connecting Muslims and non-Muslims in New Zealand
A programme based on the principles of respect,inclusion, empowerment and participation.
left Maliha Sani, Waseema Ahmad, Dr Ingrid Mattson, Munira Khanum, Sidra Khan, Sahar Farhat
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Take the Leadership Leap

Berlinda Chin at the forum

Acting Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs Berlinda Chin was the keynote speaker at the Young Generation Leadership Forum on Saturday 16 November. The annual forum, organised by the Korean Women's International Network, aims to empower young women to take up leadership roles.

Berlinda spoke about the global leadership milieu in the wake of migrations and how that pans out in the local context. She said that forty-nine percent of all global migrants are women and urged young women to be brave and "take the leadership leap!"

Investors visit Dunedin

Investors visit Dunedin
Four Auckland-based delegates from Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia met with local authorities and businesses in Dunedin last week to learn more about investment opportunities in the Otago region.
Delegates learn about the innovative design and potential behind the Thinair102 wind turbine at Powerhouse Wind Ltd
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Building capacity for ethnic women - Day 2

MP Melissa Lee and the training participants celebrate the success of the ethnic women's leadership training programme.

Participants of the Ethnic Women’s Leadership Training Programme convened on Saturday 16 November for the second round of leadership training. Having completed sessions on leadership and governance and diversity management in the first round of training, the participants were keen to learn media skills and reflect on their learnings to formulate action plans.

Investors visit Dunedin

Delegates learn about the design and potential behind the Thinair102 wind turbine at Powerhouse Wind Ltd.

Four Auckland-based delegates from Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia met with local authorities and businesses in Dunedin last week to learn more about investment opportunities in the Otago region. The delegates represented their own investment portfolios as well as wider networks, companies and off-shore interests.

Information now available in several languages

SuperGold card logo

Information  on how to access the SuperGold free off-peak transport concessions in the Auckland area has now been translated into Chinese (simplified and traditional), Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.The SuperGold Card is a discounts and concessions card for seniors and veterans, in recognition of their contribution to New Zealand society.

Building capacity for ethnic women - Day 1

Speakers and participants at the traininng. From left: Nga Dang, BaljinderDevgun, Dr. Pushpa Wood and Pele Walker.

Fifteen ethnic women from a range of ethnicities and professional backgrounds participated in a leadership programme run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs on Saturday 9th November. The Ethnic Women’s Leadership Training programme reinforces the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ commitment to the development of leadership capacity for ethnic people in general and ethnic women in particular.

Living the good life in New Zealand

Image of a sign post - New Zealand

Life is better in New Zealand, with the country doing ''exceptionally well'' in overall well-being, an OECD report says.