September 2015

Director's update September 2015

From our first words when we are only a few months old to our final goodbyes, words are a powerful connection to those around us. Our language is intrinsically linked to our cultural identity, our customs, beliefs and our heritage.

New Zealand has three official languages – Māori, English and New Zealand sign language but many more languages are spoken in this country.  According to the latest census, the six most commonly spoken languages are English, te reo Māori, Samoan, Hindi, Northern Chinese and French.

Settling In funding round opens 28 September 2015

Image of man sitting at with back against the desk and computer facing the cameraOn Monday 28 September the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced the opening of the 2015 - 2016 Settling In funding roundRead his media release here.

Minister's update September 2015

New Zealand prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive society. We are a country that welcomes people from across the world as a safe haven from harm.

That is why our government recently announced that over the next two-and-a-half years we will settle 750 Syrian refugees in New Zealand. That includes 600 people through an emergency intake above our annual refugee quota of 750. The remaining places will be offered within the usual quota.

We’ll take 100 of those Syrian refugees in this financial year, and a further 500 over the next two financial years.

Settling In - online application training and application guidelines

The next Settling In funding round will be done using a new online system replacing the paper based application form from previous years. All requests must be lodged in the new two people training at a deskonline system. [Training Workshops are now closed]

Money Matters Workshops September 2015

The Office of Ethnic Communities are running funding workshops in various regions around New Zealand in conjunction with Philanthropy New Zealand. [Funding workshops are now closed]. The workshops are glasses, pen and calculator on study deskdesigned to support community organisations to complete robust targeted funding applications and strengthen their understanding of the not-for-profit funding sector.

Minister's update August 2015

I recently issued a press release that revealed that more than 1000 people a week are using the telephone interpreter service Language Line.  Language Line, which operates through the Office of Ethnic Communities, offers clients of participating agencies free interpreting in 44 languages.

Director's Update August 2015

As leaders in the community, government or business, we are all aware of how important recognising achievement is. Volunteers, team members, staff and fellow workers appreciate it when others recognise their contributions and achievements.  Many organisational studies say that recognition serves as a tool for reinforcing the behaviours that drive an organisation, community or workplace to excellence and gives a vital boost to engagement.