February 2016

Fulbright Forum: embracing & advancing diversity

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The people of New Zealand encompass many ethnicities, cultures, sexualities and religions but is that vast diversity reflected at leadership levels? This Fulbright Forum explores the benefits to New Zealand of genuinely embracing and advancing diversity for all people to feel supported and celebrated in their chosen fields.

Shanti Niwas emergency housing pilot project

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Shanti Niwas is happy to announce the opening of Shanti Niwas Emergency Housing.

They will provide emergency shelter for the senior citizens from the Indian and South Asian community who are in an abusive environment, at risk of being abused or in dire need of emergency housing.

Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament

Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament
Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted an event at Parliament on 10 February 2016 to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
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Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament

Image of Rt Hon John Key and Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with a Lion Dancer

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted an event at Parliament on 10 February 2016 to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

“The Year of the Monkey is said to be a year that will bring opportunities and inspiration,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“What makes New Zealand such a great place to live is the way in which we share and celebrate each other’s cultures and traditions.

Intercultural Capability Resources

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Intercultural Capability

Image of people playing drums by handNew Zealand is a diverse country with over 200 different ethnicities. The Office of Ethnic Communities is committed to promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity and offers an Intercultural Capability eLearning programme to support this. This introductory programme is aimed at increasing anyone’s understanding to better interact or communicate with people from different backgrounds.

Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Monkey!

Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Monkey!
Gong chi far chai shen tee ji-an kang. Gong hay fat choy shen tay ki-in hong. May you be happy and prosperous, and to good health.
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Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Monkey!

Image of Musician playing a Gu Zheng

Gong chi far chai shen tee ji-an kang.

Gong hay fat choy shen tay ki-in hong.

May you be happy and prosperous, and to good health.

It’s not just China that celebrates the lunar new year. This festival is also commemorated in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea.

Chinese are some of New Zealand’s earliest settlers, arriving here in the 1860s.

There are now over 170,000 people of Chinese heritage living in New Zealand, making Chinese our third largest ethnic group.