March 2017

8th Regional Refugee Forum Christchurch

OEC Senior Advisor, Deborah Lam attended the 8th annual regional refugee forum in Christchurch hosted by the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre.

Chinese organization aspiring to growing business connections between China and South Island

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A newly established Chinese not-for-profit organization, the New Zealand-China Exchange Incorporated is expected to develop business opportunity between China and New Zealand. On 26th February, the organization brought together over 120 guests from the across the Canterbury region including Mayors from Westport and Westland. The event was to celebrate and share the aspirations New Zealand-China Exchange Incorporated have of building real connections between China and South Island, New Zealand.

Canterbury Japan Day 2017

Japanese women preforming tea ceremony

On 3 March, Japan Day was held in Christchurch as an annual event in the Canterbury region. The event attracted over 13,000 people who enjoyed the unique culture and heritage of Japan and the richness that the Japanese community bring to New Zealand. A special Japanese Cultural Tour was introduced to audiences this year. The tour featured several traditional practices of Japan such as the Tea Ceremony allowing audiences to experience the art involved in such ceremonies.

New Zealand Chinese and Maori Arts Exhibition

Preformance by Maori Women's Welfare League

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.  The performance began with kapa haka who welcomed a range of different artists and members from local communities, government officials and MPs who joined the opening ceremony. This creative arts exhibition displays artists' imaginations with colours, materials and various styles including paintings, photography and handicrafts products.

Graduate of the Christchurch Ethnic Women's leaders programme heads offshore

Linda Cousins

Originally from South Africa, both Linda Cousins and her husband Brian have departed Christchurch after several years of voluntary service in the city. Linda has persuaded Brian to follow her dream of working with refugees (particularly women) in Turkey. 

Christchurch is full of colours

Cantabrian's celebrating Holi

On 4 March, Holi (Festival of Colours) was held in Christchurch. 6000 people attended this year’s festival, an increase from the 4000 attendees of the festival last year. Christchurch Multicultural Council combined Holi with Race Relations Day celebrations to mark the celebration of diversity in the city. The Council believes that since both events fall in the month of March combining the two events allowed for a heightened expression of their common significance. Both events signify respect and equality for diversity in ethnicity, culture and faith.

Auckland Chinese Community Centre

The Auckland Chinese Community Centre (ACCC) formally opened the extension to its Mangere Hall on 11 March. Ethnic Communities Parliamentary Private Secretary Dr Jian Yang MP spoke on behalf of the Minister, Hon Judith Collins. He said the hall was a focus for the Chinese community but also an important amenity for Auckland. He said the Chinese community had raised $1.5 million to upgrade and extend the building, much of it donated by its members.

Opportunity for Nominations for Philanthropy New Zealand Award

Philanthropy New Zealand, a Wellington based membership organisation that promotes generosity and thoughtful grantmaking, is inviting nominations for the inaugural Philanthropy New Zealand Awards.

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

This is your chance to attend an international business school and bring your knowledge back to your businesses and New Zealand. These scholarships enable business people to develop their management and international business leadership skills.

Applications for the scholarships close at noon on 28 April 2017.

New University Director of Diversity: Professor Edwina Pio

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New Zealand is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse nations. The rapid increase in our ethnic diversity poses both challenges and opportunities across various sectors to maximize the benefits of diversity. Auckland University of Technology is a vibrant and diverse university that recognises that success is not defined by gender, gender identity, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity or disability. This year, Professor of Diversity, Dr Edwina Pio has been appointed as University Director of Diversity.