September 2016

Neighbourly Morning Tea

Please join us this Labour Weekend to celebrate New Zealand’s cultural and ethnic diversity and the contribution to our communities made by migrants, new comers and refugees, by hosting a Neighbourly Morning Tea.

As Neighbourly members we invite you to bring together your neighbours by hosting a Morning Tea to celebrate all cultures that come together to make New Zealand a great society.

Ministers Foreword

Ministers Foreword
New Zealanders welcome migrants and so we should. Migrants make a significant contribution bringing culture, colour and vibrancy to New Zealand. They also contribute skills, knowledge, experience and capital.
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Ministers Foreword

New Zealanders welcome migrants and so we should.Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Migrants make a significant contribution bringing culture, colour and vibrancy to New Zealand.  They also contribute skills, knowledge, experience and capital.

They support existing businesses or start their own.

They also bring connections, expertise and interesting views and ideas which contribute to the richness of our communities.

General Manager’s Column – September 2016

General Manager’s Column – September 2016
In a recent update I commented on an article by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times. In commenting on the recent Brexit vote in the UK as weathervane of opinion about immigration, Friedman argued that the issue before us is not one of immigration, but one of integration.
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We are looking for qualified professional telephone interpreters!

We are looking for qualified professional telephone interpreters!
Language Line interpreters provide support to members of the community accessing a wide range of services. We are currently looking for interpreter for various languages.
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We are looking for qualified professional telephone interpreters!

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Language Line interpreters provide support to members of the community accessing a wide range of services. 

To be one of our Interpreters, you must demonstrate the following skills:

Diversity Forum

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On 1 September 2016 the Human Rights Commission hosted the Diversity forum at Te Papa, Wellington.  The forum explored many avenues within cultural diversity addressing the following questions:

Eid in Parliament

Eid in Parliament
This month we supported the Office of Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga in hosting the annual Eid parliamentary reception.
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Eid in Parliament

This month we supported the Office of Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga in hosting the annual Eid parliamentary reception.

Eid ul-Adha is Islam's holiest festival celebrated annually around the world and an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries. It is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God. Eid ul-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca.

Long term strategy for Archives New Zealand

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Archives New Zealand is the institution responsible for caring for, and facilitating access to, the records of government – and this is important for all communities. There is a strong connection between good recordkeeping and open and transparent government. Full, accurate, trustworthy and accessible records are needed for government to be held accountable.

We are consulting on a discussion document to ask stakeholders for their views on the role of Archives New Zealand in the future. Your feedback is very important to us.  Please visit