July 2016

Multi-ethnic Dance Festival 2016

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The multi-ethnic dance festival organised by Nepalese Cultural Centre on 23 July 2016 was a grand celebration of colour, music, and dance that kept the 150 plus audience spell bound.

Canterbury Police recruitment seminar received overwhelming response

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On 16 July, Canterbury Police hosted its recruitment seminar in Christchurch that attracted huge interest from the community with over 250 people. As New Zealand becomes increasingly diverse, it is important that New Zealand Police recruit and maintain a service that reflects this diversity. “New Zealand Police recognises the value of diversity throughout its ranks, and has a strong focus on ensuring its people reflected the communities they serve as much as possible,” said Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price.

A shout out to Elder Care Canterbury and Age Concern

A shout out to Elder Care Canterbury and Age Concern
The Office of Ethnic Communities attended Elder Care Canterbury’s quarterly meeting on 21 July and was keen to hear about the emerging health concerns of the elderly from ethnic communities and the efforts of participating agencies to meet those needs.
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A shout out to Elder Care Canterbury and Age Concern

Age Concern logo

The Office of Ethnic Communities attended Elder Care Canterbury’s quarterly meeting on 21 July and was keen to hear about the emerging health concerns of the elderly from ethnic communities and the efforts of participating agencies to meet those needs. Facilitating access to services a via culturally and linguistically appropriate services has been a long standing goal of the Christchurch CLING (Community Language Information Network Group) which co- chaired this quarters meeting.

Wellington Multicultural Mayoral Forum

Wellington Multicultural Mayoral Forum
A fine and chilly day in Johnsonville (one of Wellington's northern suburbs) greeted attendees at The Multicultural Council of Wellington's Mayoral Forum, hosted on Saturday 16 July.
Wellington Mayoral candidates on stage during the forum
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Wellington Multicultural Mayoral Forum

Wellington Mayoral candidates on stage during the forum

A fine and chilly day in Johnsonville (one of Wellington's northern suburbs) greeted attendees at The Multicultural Council of Wellington's Mayoral Forum, hosted on Saturday 16 July. The theme of the forum was "can the increasingly diverse population of Wellington add real value to the city’s social and economic success?".

Mayoral candidates were given the opportunity to talk about their aspirations for enabling Wellington’s multicultural population to fulfil their potential and fully contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of New Zealand's capital city.

Multicultural strategy released for public consultation

Multicultural strategy released for public consultation
After several months the Christchurch City Council led Multicultural Working Party has published its draft Multicultural Strategy and embarked on a series of public consultations seeking feedback from the public.
 Surinder Tandon, President of the Christchurch Multicultural Council,  presents Counsellor Jimmy Chen,
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Multicultural strategy released for public consultation

Surinder Tandon, President of the Christchurch Multicultural Council,  presents Counsellor Jimmy Chen.

After several months the Christchurch City Council led Multicultural Working Party has published its draft Multicultural Strategy and embarked on a series of public consultations seeking feedback from the public.

A decade of commitment celebrated

A decade of commitment celebrated
An emotional farewell function for Dr Mary Dawson MNZM, Chief Executive, Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) was held on July 15.
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A decade of commitment celebrated

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An emotional farewell function for Dr Mary Dawson MNZM, Chief Executive, Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) was held on July 15.