February 2016

The importance of languages

The importance of languages
The past month has been all about Lunar New Year celebrations. From embassy and parliamentary receptions, to smaller events celebrating the culture and heritage of a particular group, one of the stand-out points for me has been language.
Image of Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Chinese New Year performer at Parliament
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Berlinda's Update - February 2016

Berlinda's Update - February 2016
Every year in most parts of New Zealand, we now have the opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities that this annual celebration has to offer.
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Berlinda's Update - February 2016

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Kung Hei Fat Choy

Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival to all.

The importance of languages

Image of the Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Chinese New Year performer

The past month has been all about Lunar New Year celebrations.

From embassy and parliamentary receptions, to smaller events celebrating the culture and heritage of a particular group, one of the stand-out points for me has been language.

TEA – Ahi Karunaharan

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Ahi Karunaharan, a graduate of the New Zealand Drama School - Toi Whakaari and Victoria University of Wellington, recently discussed his latest work ’TEA’ with Dione Joseph, our Diversity and Inclusion Advisor based in Auckland.

Treaty of Waitangi - Found in Translation

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The New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) has announced the launch of the Treaty Times Thirty project. To celebrate the Society's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages and gift them to the people of New Zealand on International Translation Day, 30 September 2016.

Settling In funding available

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We have funding available for not-for-profit groups to run projects aimed at helping refugees and migrant communities settle in to New Zealand society.

Applications open on 7 March and close on 31 March 2016.

New Offices for Christchurch

New Offices for Christchurch
The revitalisation of Christchurch’s CBD is one of the Government’s top priorities for 2016. With this in mind the Department along with other government organisations have moved into a new building in the CBD.
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New Offices for Christchurch

Image of Office of Ethnic Communities with the Deputy Chief Executive of Internal Affairs Helen Wyn

The revitalisation of Christchurch’s CBD is one of the Government’s top priorities for 2016. With this in mind the Department of Internal Affairs along with Statistics NZ, NZ Transport Agency, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri, EECA and the Human Rights Commission are now all located in the same building.

Chinese New Settlers Services Trust – Social Housing Building

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Pensioner housing for Asian seniors is one step closer in Auckland. Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST) along with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment recently had a sod turning ceremony for a 4 level building of 36 rooms to help Chinese and Korean elderly people.