May 2016

Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand Conference 2016

Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand Conference 2016
The Office ran its fourth Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand (EPIC NZ) conference in Auckland. EPIC provides a platform for participants to build business and mentoring contacts to support increased contribution of ethnic small and medium enterprises to the economy.
Image of the plenary speakers Tenby Powell (standing), Sir George Fistonich, Wei Gao and Traci Houpapa (sitting)
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Celebrating Everest Day

The Minister for Ethnic Communities was unable to attend the Everest celebration in Christchurch on 29 May in person but greeted the Nepalese community via video message.

The lead organiser for the event was the Non-resident Nepalese Association led by Dr Bohla Pradhan - who noted that the event was designed to remember the great achievement of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and the enduring bonds of friendship between our two countries.

May Update from the General Manager

May Update from the General Manager
Talofa lava This is coming to you in the middle of Samoan language week - hence the greeting.
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Africa Day in Parliament

Africa Day in Parliament
This month we support the Office of Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga in hosting the annual African Day parliamentary reception.
Image of the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Parliamentary Secretary Melissa Lee MP amongst guests.
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Office of Ethnic Communities met with China Xinjiang Cultural Exchange Delegation

Office of Ethnic Communities met with China Xinjiang Cultural Exchange Delegation
On 1 May, the Office of Ethnic Communities met with China Xinjiang Cultural Exchange Delegation at the Chinese Embassy in Wellington. The delegation consisted of officials from the Chinese State Council and officials from the Xinjiang province.
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Office of Ethnic Communities met with China Xinjiang Cultural Exchange Delegation

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On 1 May, the Office of Ethnic Communities met with China Xinjiang Cultural Exchange Delegation at the Chinese Embassy in Wellington.

Big ideas, Diverse Futures: Office of Ethnic Communities facilitates a diversity panel at AUT

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The Office of Ethnic Communities recently facilitated a panel on "diversity in the workplace" as part of AUT's employability week.

General Manager's May Update

Talofa lava

This newsletter comes to you in the middle of Samoan language week - hence the greeting.

Well since my introduction in the last newsletter it has been a busy few weeks as the new General Manager for the Office of Ethnic Communities. I thought I would take the opportunity of talking about two events that the Office has recently been involved in.

CLESOL 2016 Conference

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Over 160 languages are spoken in New Zealand. Increasingly, children in New Zealand schools speak two or more languages- the language of home and English.

Tripartite Summit

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Auckland Council and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) organised the Tripartite Economic Summit Auckland 2016 on 16 - 17 May 2016.