July 2014

Celebration of Eid

Blog from Berlinda Chin, Director Office of Ethnic Affairs for June 2014

In the spirit of celebration we join our Muslim Communities to commemorate the end of Eid.

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Eid Mubarak - A Muslim celebration after a month of fasting unites New Zealand’s Muslims.

Eid Mubarak - A Muslim celebration after a month of fasting unites New Zealand’s Muslims.
Muslims from all over New Zealand gathered in the Great Hall at Parliament to celebrate Eid–ul-Fitr. Dignitaries, diplomats and the devout celebrated the first sighting of the moon after a month of fasting and prayer during Ramadan.
Eid Mubarak - A Muslim celebration after a month of fasting unites New Zealand’s Muslims.
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New Zealand’s General Election 20 September 2014

Every three years, New Zealand holds a general election. This is when we choose the people and political parties who will make decisions about the way New Zealand is run.

They will represent you in Parliament and make decisions on your behalf. They are called Members of Parliament (MPs).

Use your own language to get help to stop smoking

Use your own language to get help to stop smoking
You can now stop smoking and benefit from immediate health gains even if you don’t speak English. That’s because Quitline offers practical support and counselling through qualified interpreting in the 44 languages of Language Line.
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Use your own language to get help to stop smoking

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You can now stop smoking and benefit from immediate health gains even if you don’t speak English.  That’s because Quitline offers practical support and counselling through qualified interpreting in the 44 languages of Language Line. People who choose to stop smoking are helped by Quitline with lozenges, nicotine patches and gum. Quitline say these aids address the chemical part of the addiction but the service also helps with two other facets: the emotional and habitual parts of smoking.

Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers

Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers
Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers who are targeting people for money and threatening actions such as deportation and prison if not paid.
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Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers

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Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers who are targeting people for money and threatening actions such as deportation and prison if not paid.

The caller ID that appears when the scammer calls is identical to Inland Revenue's Customer Services number, 0800 227 774. The scammer then aggressively demands money and directs the person to go to a New Zealand Post shop counter where they can deposit the money into a fake bank account. In some cases, people have been directed to purchase a Prezzie card and load it with the amount owed.

Language Line Tops 50,000 calls

Language Line Tops 50,000 calls
Language Line helped a record number of people in New Zealand gain access to essential services in the 2013 /2014 financial year.
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Moving Words

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French writer Alexandre Dumas wrote ‘mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities …’

Understanding how culture shapes identity

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A survey by a Victoria University research student aims to understand how people perceive the way culture has shaped who they are. If you would like to participate in the survey contact jovanabalanovic@gmail.com or visit their website to find out more.