June 2016

Muslim Community Food Bank needs new premises

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The Office of Ethnic Communities was pleased to join former participants in our Building Bridges programme (now the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust) and members of the Islamic Women’s Council New Zealand at Masjid Al-Noor in Christchurch last week to learn about two new initiatives which aim to build cultural and religious bridges by reaching out to Muslims and the wider non-Muslim community through its Help for the Homeless and Food Bank Projects.

Making a difference in Wellington

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Shilinka Smith, a former policy analyst at the Office of Ethnic Communities has carried her commitment to the principles of inclusion and diversity into her new enterprise as CEO of popular Wellington Restaurant Fusion Virtuoso on Manners Sstreet.

Local Government

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Elections of local authority members, including district health boards are held once every three years. The next elections will be held later this year for city, district and regional councils and district health boards. In some parts of New Zealand, elections will also be held for local and community boards, licensing trusts and some other organisations, and the call is out for candidates and voters!

Language Guidelines Workshop

Language Guidelines Workshop
The Office held its regional Heritage and Community Languages workshops. The workshops were aimed at acknowledging the valuable contributions made by community stakeholders in the development of the Office's Heritage and Community Guidelines.
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Language Guidelines Workshop

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On the 28th June the Office held its regional Heritage and Community Languages workshop in Christchurch. This was the second of three workshops that aimed to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by community stakeholders in the development of the Office's Heritage and Community Guidelines.

2015-2016 June allocation: Successful Applicants

Below are a list of successful applicants for the 2015-2016 2B June Settling In funding allocation. (PDF 126KB)

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Successful Applicants

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Settling In Funding round 2B decisions

Settling In Funding round 2B decisions
The Office of Ethnic Communities are pleased to announce that 43 community organisations that work directly with migrant and ethnic communities across New Zealand were successful in receiving funding from Settling In Funding Round 2B.
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Settling In Funding round 2B decisions

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The Office of Ethnic Communities are pleased to announce that 43 community organisations that work directly with migrant and ethnic communities across New Zealand were successful in receiving funding from Settling In Funding Round 2B. Settling In funding focuses on projects that remove barriers to settlement and that promote self-reliance and community sustainability.

New school trustee

New school trustee
Our own Candy Zhang, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, has successfully been elected to be a trustee of the school board at Christchurch Fendalton Open-air School.
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New school trustee

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Candy Zhang, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for the Office of Ethnic Communities, has successfully been elected to be a trustee of the school board at Christchurch Fendalton Open-air School. “It has been an absolutely great experience for me so far since I decided to stand as a candidate for the school board, where there have not been any non-pākehā trustees for ages. I was nominated by a current trustee, who felt that I would bring more diversity and inclusion to the board.”