March 2017

Minister’s Update

Minister’s Update
The month of March was a busy month for ethnic communities-starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March, Race Relations Day on 21 March and a host of multicultural events delivered throughout the country.
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Minister’s Update

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The month of March was a busy month for ethnic communities-starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March, Race Relations Day on 21 March and a host of multicultural events delivered throughout the country.

New Zealand Chinese and Maori Arts Exhibition

New Zealand Chinese and Maori Arts Exhibition
In conjunction with the Maori Women's Welfare League and Te Mahurehure Culture Marae Society, the New Zealand Women's Association hosted the New Zealand Chinese and Maori Arts Exhibition on 19 March in Auckland.
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2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships

2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships
Entries are now open for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, which offer New Zealand’s managers and executives the opportunity to improve their skills at the world’s best business schools.
2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships
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New Organisation Paving Way for Women Empowerment

New Organisation Paving Way for Women Empowerment
A new women entrepreneur centre dedicated to developing ethnic women as successful business leaders is becoming a beacon of hope for many in Auckland.
Women engaged in creative discussions at the workshop
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General Manager's Update

General Manager's Update
In my last update I welcomed two of the three new managers in the Office of Ethnic Communities. I am pleased to say the leadership team for the Office of Ethnic Communities is now complete.
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General Manager's Update - March 2017

In my last update I welcomed two of the three new managers in the Office of Ethnic Communities – Natasha Narayan, the Manager of our Planning, Systems and Services team, and Tayyaba Khan, the Manager for our Community Engagement team.  Tayyaba is based in Auckland.  I’m pleased to say that Natasha and Tayyaba will now be joined by Diana Solomon as the Manager for the Policy and Research team – which completes the leadership team for the Office for Ethnic Communities.  Diana comes to OEC from her role as Principal Advisor Strategy and Planning in the Strategy and Governance Group of the Department of Internal Affairs, although she has had extensive experience in policy work previously including in the Treasury.

New Organisation Paving Way for Women Empowerment

Women engaged in creative discussions at the workshop

A new women entrepreneur centre dedicated to developing ethnic women as successful business leaders is becoming a beacon of hope for many in Auckland.

Celebrating Race Relations Day and flourishing ethnic diversity in Porirua

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On Thursday 23 March a Race Relations event was hosted at Pataka – Porirua’s art gallery, museum and library precinct – to celebrate the newly established relationship between Multicultural Council Wellington and Porirua City Council.

The Hidden Multicultural History of Christchurch

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Discussion with respected academic, Dorothy McMenamin has led to an interesting historical gem about one of Christchurch’s most upmarket suburbs, Cashmere. Cashmere was named after Kashmir in India and is closely linked to Christchurch’s Indian community.  13 Indians and 4 Anglo Indians (plus an Arabian stallion) travelled with John Croft a former judge in British India, to Christchurch in 1854.  The Judge built the Old Stone House in Cashmere in 1870. The remains of the house were demolished post-quake but repairs are due for completion later this year and will be marked by a remembrance plaque and documentary if funds can be found.