June 2015

Leading on from the leadership programme

Group photo of Christchurch Young Leaders

Today the Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga recognised and congratulated Christchurch Young Leaders programme members for continuing their leadership learning journey by developing a digital website presence project funded and supported by the Ministry of Youth Development Fund 2015/2016.

Director's Update June 2015

Winter well and truly hit our country in June with extreme temperatures recorded as Mother Nature turned down the thermostat.

For Muslims across the world, June is the month of Ramadan - the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar which began on the eve of 19th.  This is a period of increased prayer and reflection where fasting is observed between dawn and dusk and I’d like to wish those New Zealanders observing Ramadan a peaceful fasting and reflection time.

Minister's update June 2015

There has been much to celebrate this past month in our diverse communities.

I enjoyed performances by the Loboc Children’s Choir from the Philippines. The choir was part of the Voices to the World Concert at the Auckland Town Hall earlier this month and sang alongside the Aotea Youth Symphony and the Auckland Girls’ Choir. The repertoire included Filipino folk songs, a Disney medley and Pokarekare Ana and an extract from Swan Lake. It was simply beautiful music and an example of cultures connecting through music.

A new flag?

New Zealand flag

Ethnic New Zealanders can have their say on the future of New Zealand’s flag as part of the current Flag Consideration Project.

The Flag Consideration Project has been appointed to develop and lead a public engagement process on the future of the New Zealand flag. It is an independent body that is running a community-driven conversation about this key issue.

Creating safer ethnic communities

Group Photo of people at the Wellington Pasifika Community Patrol event

An initiative between the Police and Wellington’s Pacific community could have positive implications for other ethnic groups around New Zealand, including South Auckland’s Punjabi community.
The Wellington Pasifika Community Patrol is a voluntary group of around 30 locals who, since January 2015, has partnered with Wellington Police, Wellington City Council and Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ) to help keep inner-city Wellington safe.

St John feels the love from Chinese businesswomen

St John General Manager Neil Porteous gives gift to Donator Maan Lai (chairwoman of Global Federation Chinese Business Women)

A St John NZ medic once saved the life of a member of the Shih family. Now the Auckland-based Shih family – along with the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women of New Zealand (Federation) – has repaid the kindness, donating $55,000 to St John for the purchase of a SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) vehicle.

Change afoot for Auckland’s Food Businesses

Two girls standing behind a food store counter

Kiwis love ethnic food and thousands of ethnic people across New Zealand are involved in  cooking up a taste of home to meet this need.But if you run a food business in Auckland then you should be aware of significant changes to the Food Act and how these may affect you.