March 2015

EPIC NZ Go Global Forum - Auckland 2 May 2015

Event date: 
Saturday, 2 May 2015

This annual Ethnic People in Commerce NZ (EPIC NZ) conference provides a significant forum to build connections between ethnic businesses, entrepreneurs and investors and the wider New Zealand business community. It also offers advice about doing business overseas. This is the leading networking event for New Zealand businesses to connect with ethnic businesses to harness potential trade opportunities. Information about the next EPIC conference will be available soon. Below is information about previous conferences.

Lining up Languages

If you build it, and it’s good, sometimes they really will come.

That was certainly the case for the Office of Ethnic Communities in Wellington last week.  More than 150 people from around New Zealand gathered at Te Papa for the first ever Lining Up Languages: Navigating Policy and Programmes conference. Aimed at fostering discussion about government policy and activity in relation to language use and learning in New Zealand, the two-day conference brought together a range of speakers from government, academia and the private and not-for-profit sectors to work together to develop language use and learning in New Zealand.

Introducing the Office of Ethnic Communities!

the office of ethnic communities logo in colour

You’ll notice some changes on this site from Monday 2 March. That’s because we’ve changed our name from The Office of Ethnic Affairs to The Office of Ethnic Communities.

This change aligns with the renaming of the ministerial portfolio from Ethnic Affairs to Ethnic Communities that happened after the last election.

But that’s not all that’s changing: we’ve also recently streamlined The Office of Ethnic Communities, ensuring teams are now better placed to work with local communities to help New Zealand move forward economically, socially and culturally.

It also means we’re now able to not only work with ethnic communities and businesses, but are also able to use that experience to inform government policy and practice.

We hope you’ll join all of us at The Office of Ethnic Communities for this exciting next phase in our journey.