October 2014

Calling telephone interpreters

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Are you or have you worked as a telephone interpreter within the last five years? A researcher from Auckland University of Technology is interested in your experiences in working as an telephone interpreter.

Indian community celebrates Diwali at Parliament

Members of New Zealand’s Indian community, gathered from around the country, met at Parliament’s Grand Hall on Wednesday 28 October 2014 to celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali.

To Grow Roots Where They Land

MC David Wong interviewing Fay Gock, one of the original refugees.

Seventy-five years ago, 244 Chinese women and their 239 children arrived in New Zealand as refugees from a war-torn homeland, Guangdong, China.

The must have skill sets for tomorrow's leaders

Image of Berlinda Chin, presenting to the CPIT Students

“Global perspectives and intercultural competency are the ‘must have’ skill sets for tomorrow’s leaders like you”, Berlinda Chin, Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, told students from the Broadcasting School at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).

Ethnic women find their passion for leadership

Image of Ethnic women at the leadership training

Inspiring, encouraging and empowering ethnic women to take up leadership roles is an important path to creating greater diversity amongst decision-makers.

Older people celebrated worldwide and in New Zealand

Image of Shanti Niwas' performers

Some 400 people packed the Onehunga centre for Shanti Niwas’ recent celebration held to mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons commemorated on 1 October to recognise and honour the contributions of older people throughout the world.

Queen’s Service Medal for services to ethnic communities

an image of Weng-Kei Chen and his family

Weng-Kei Chen, who first came to New Zealand in 1969 to study at the University of Canterbury, received the Queen’s Service Medal this year for services to ethnic communities. Weng-kei and his family were thrilled with the award and appreciated the recognition by the community.  “I am delighted to receive the award. It also acknowledges the diversity of people who are proud to call New Zealand home!”