October 2016

Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand

Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand
Over the past 5 months you have all shared with me your passion and commitment for supporting strong ethnic communities and realising the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand.
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Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand

Over the past 5 months I have had the privilege of meeting a wide range of people from ethnic communities, ethnic community leaders, NGOs and government agencies. You have all shared with me your passion and commitment for supporting strong ethnic communities and realising the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand. You have talked to me about the many ways in which you are working to support ethnic communities, and the ways in which you would like the Office for Ethnic Communities to support this work, advise government about the important issues for ethnic communities, deliver services like Language Line, and fund community initiatives that support ethnic communities and build social cohesion.

New Zealand - A kaleidoscope of culture needs nurturing

Image of Dr Anwar Ghani (left) with the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (Right)

30 years ago most of us would never have imagined the culturally diverse nation that New Zealand has become. The city of sails Auckland is culturally more diverse than London, Sydney and New York. By 2025, 1 in 5 New Zealanders will come from an ethnic minority so planning for our current situation as well as the years to come is crucial.

New Zealand - A kaleidoscope of culture needs nurturing

New Zealand - A kaleidoscope of culture needs nurturing
30 years ago most of us would never have imagined the culturally diverse nation that New Zealand has become. By 2025, 1 in 5 New Zealanders will come from an ethnic minority so planning for our current situation as well as the years to come is crucial.
Image of Dr Anwar Ghani (left) with the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (Right)
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Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence

Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence
Fatumata Bah’s ability to demonstrate a capacity to influence and to act as a catalyst for change has resulted in her being selected as a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards. Passionate and highly energetic Fatumata, an alumnus of our Young Leaders Programme.
(LtoR)Fatumata Bah, Colin MacDonald Chief Executive Internal Affairs and Guled Mire Office of Ethnic Communities
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Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence

Left to right - Fatumata Bah, Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive Department of Internal Affairs, Guled Mire OEC

Fatumata Bah’s ability to demonstrate a capacity to influence and to act as a catalyst for change has resulted in her being selected as a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards. In its fourth year, the Women of Influence Programme identifies, recognises and celebrates the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Science and Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.

Linwood Christchurch moves forward

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Along with approximately 25 other agencies the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the agency stakeholder meeting to discuss the findings of the Linwood Development Aspirations Project. Agencies were invited to identify gaps in the projects understanding and analysis of the Linwood Heathcote area from the perspective of their agencies specific knowledge and to identify synergies which might impact on local government and community aspirations (social, economic, environmental and governance outcomes) for the area.

Linwood Christchurch moves forward

Linwood Christchurch moves forward
The Office of Ethnic Communities attended the Linwood Development Aspirations Project - stakeholder meeting. Agencies were invited to identify gaps in the projects understanding and analysis of the Linwood Heathcote area.
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10th Anniversary Celebrating Achievements for Positive Aging

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On 8 October, the Chinese Positive Aging Charitable Trust (CPA) organised the 10th anniversary celebration in Auckland. Approximately 200 people, including senior citizens, representing the Chinese community, government agencies and non-governmental organisations participated in the whole day activities.

10th Anniversary Celebrating Achievements for Positive Aging

10th Anniversary Celebrating Achievements for Positive Aging
The Chinese Positive Aging Charitable Trust organised the 10th anniversary celebration in Auckland.
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