March 2016

Berlinda Chin's Update - March 2016

Berlinda Chin's Update - March 2016
It’s hard to believe we are heading into the second month of autumn when for many of us it feels as though summer hasn’t yet ended. Next month we will start to see a change in our evenings as Daylight Savings ends and we lose the extra hour of daylight after working-hours.
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Mana Tangata – Ethnic community leadership programme

Mana Tangata – Ethnic community leadership programme
The Office of Ethnic Communities ran the Mana Tangata Community Leadership Programme at Massey University’s Albany campus. This is a pilot programme aimed to support diverse ethnic representation and visibility across the public sector.
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Mana Tangata – Ethnic community leadership programme

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This month (19-20 March 2016) the Office of Ethnic Communities ran the Mana Tangata Community Leadership Programme at Massey University’s Albany campus. This is a pilot programme aimed to support diverse ethnic representation and visibility across the public sector.

Funding applications closing

Funding applications closing
We are in the final stages of Settling In funding round with $204,250 available. Settling In funding supports projects that produce benefits directly for ethnic communities. Almost 90 funding requests have been received to date – with the funding round closing on TODAY.
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Funding applications closing

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We are in the final stages of Settling In funding round with $204,250 available. Settling In funding supports projects that produce benefits directly for ethnic communities and enables the successful settlement of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in New Zealand.

Updates to Settling In for this funding round have included a more ‘user friendly’ online service for our stakeholders and extra advisory support for applicants. Almost 90 funding requests have been received to date – with the funding round closing on TODAY.

School trustee elections

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The Office of Ethnic Communities is working with the New Zealand School Trustees Association and Multicultural New Zealand to support greater ethnic and cultural representation in school trustee elections in May-June this year.

School trustee elections are one of the most significant democratic processes in New Zealand, involving the election of boards of trustees for almost 2,500 state and state-integrated New Zealand schools, every three years. More than 15,000 people are needed to form boards, and more than 110,000 people have taken on the trusteeship role since 1989.

Race Unity Speech Awards 2016

Image of Kimberly D’Mello of Aquinas College, Tauranga, who won the competition in May 2015, photographed with the judging panel

The speech awards provide an opportunity for students to develop the key competencies such as thinking skills, managing self, relating to others and participating and contributing.

The speech topic this year:

Stand up for race unity – don’t be a bystander!

In preparing their speeches students must show that they have considered each of the bullet points below:

Travel the world in a day, right here in Auckland

Image of Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with the Electoral Commission stand

This month Office of Ethnic Communities attended the 17th annual Auckland International Cultural Festival held at Mount Roskill War Memorial Park. The Festival is a well-established key Auckland multicultural event organised by Auckland Council.

Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga attended the festival and spoke about the value of celebrating and embracing cultural diversity.  

New President for the New Zealand Chinese Students Association

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On 5th March, the New Zealand Chinese Students’ Association (NZCSA) held its 20th anniversary celebration at the University of Auckland.  Ms Naisi Chen has been officially appointed as the NZCSA's President for 2016.

EPICNZ Conference 2016

EPICNZ Conference 2016
EPICNZ is returning 27 May 2016, with a key focus on Innovation, Diversity and Building Connections
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