April 2016

First update as the General Manager

First update as the General Manager
This is my first Update as the General Manager for the Office of Ethnic Communities since stepping into the very large shoes of my colleague Berlinda Chin.
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Ministers meet with the Waikato Muslim Community

Ministers meet with the Waikato Muslim Community
The Government is keen to engage with Muslim communities and acknowledge their contribution to New Zealand over a long period of time.
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ActivRecreAsian Settling In fund success

ActivRecreAsian Settling In fund success
ActivRecreAsian is a Harbour Sport initiative which aims to develop and upskill leaders in the Asian community in outdoor recreation.
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Research and Innovation Driving Success

Research and Innovation Driving Success
The Co-director of Riddet Institute, Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan and the Chairman of Alpha Group, Professor Yi Huai Gao, have been appointed inaugural co-directors of the centre.
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Women in Action

Women in Action
With a key focus on empowering women through business, diversity and cultural equality, the conference aimed to understand the power of women entrepreneurs and business leaders to lead economic growth in the region.
Image of Berlinda Chin and Triena Ong (Singapore)
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Bollywood Dreams for Christchurch Dance Group

Image of the audience prior to the production starting

One of the Office of Ethnic Communities very own youth leaders Shawn Thomas, 22, was the force behind ‘Meri Padosan (PK)’. Based on the 1968 Indian Bollywood Classic film, it featured 45 local performers and 45 Bollywood dance medleys.

Chinese Students Raise Safety Concerns

The Office of Ethnic Communities attended a public meeting in Auckland organised the by the New Zealand Chinese Student Association on Friday 1 April. The meeting was held in response to the spate of violent attacks and robberies involving Asian students in Auckland. Approximately 400 people including students, community leaders, media, tertiary institute representatives, officials and members of parliament attended the event.

Career lessons from the front line

from left to right: Sina Wendt-Moore, Jody Jackson-Becerra and Gabriela Ugalde

The Professionelle’s latest career development event for women, Begin with Success, was held at AUT on 11 April.  Founded in 2007, Professionelle is a well-established organisation that focuses on supporting women in business, offering pragmatic advice and connecting professional women at all stages of their careers.  Supported by AUT Business School this event attracted over 200 women from various business backgrounds, education sectors and leadership development associations.

Palmerston North Boys’ High School wins Race Unity Speech Competition

A stirring speech about ‘Standing up for race unity – don’t be a bystander’ has won Head boy of Palmerston North Boys’ High School, first place in the national final of the 2016 Race Unity speech competition held in Auckland.

ActivRecreAsian Settling In fund success

Outdoor Bushwalk Leadership Course attendees

ActivRecreAsian is a Harbour Sport initiative which aims to develop and upskill leaders in the Asian community in outdoor recreation.