January 2016

Minister's Update - January 2016

Minister's Update - January 2016
Happy New Year to everyone. I trust you have all had some quality time with family and friends over the summer break. It is good to be back as Minister for Ethnic Communities and I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards this role brings.
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Non-professional interpreting and translation in New Zealand

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Non-professional interpreting and translation goes largely unreported in New Zealand. AUT is conducting two anonymous surveys to find out more about experiences with this practice.

Please respond to the survey’s if they apply to you.

New Zealand young leader selected for 33Sixty programme

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Fatumata Bah has been selected to attend 33Sixty in Scotland in April this year where she joins 99 other young leaders from around the Commonwealth selected from a pool of over 6,500 applicants globally.

As part of the programme, Fatumata will be looking at collaboration between the public and private sectors and not-for-profit organisations, coming up with realistic implementation ideas and meeting with senior Commonwealth leaders.

Berlinda's Update - January 2016

Welcome to 2016! It’s my pleasure to welcome you to another year of celebrating New Zealand’s ethnic diversity. We have one of the most diverse populations in the OECD, with over 200 ethnicities represented in our schools, workplaces and communities. It’s one of the things that makes New Zealand such a great place to live.

This year, I’m looking forward to sharing with you some new and exciting resources on inclusion and diversity.

Minister's Update - January 2016

Happy New Year to everyone. I trust you have all had some quality time with family and friends over the summer break. 

It is good to be back as Minister for Ethnic Communities and I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards this role brings.

This time of year is always a happy one. It is summer, people are relaxed and energised for the year ahead.

For all of us in our diverse communities, it is also a time to reflect on the events of the year past and look forward to the opportunities 2016 brings.

Ship for World Youth, Next Generation Global Leaders Programme 2016

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Naomi Simon-Kumar, a recent grad from our Youth Leaders programme, is heading off to Japan as part of the Ship for World Youth programme.

“A friend encouraged me to apply. Having previously travelled on exchange to Japan as an exchange student, I was especially interested in participating in an international programme based in Asia that would allow me to make use of my own cross-cultural skills.”

Minister's Update December 2015

As the Minister for Ethnic Communities, I spend a lot of my time attending functions involving many diverse ethnic groups. Be it Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid or just a small gathering of people in my electorate of Maungakiekie, it is always an uplifting experience to meet and speak to people from the many cultures who call this beautiful country home.

Director's Update December 2015

The Christmas break is almost on us so I’d like to wish you all a relaxing and happy holiday.

The festive season gives us all the opportunity to reflect on what matters to us and our communities, and on what matters to others in our wider community. Participation and acceptance of what we each believe and celebrate are important for an ethnically diverse and prosperous New Zealand.