September 2017

Director's Update - September 2017

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Our Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, during September, marking the start of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar. Shana tova u’metuka (sweet and good year) to all!

As it is start of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, and the second holiest month for Muslims following Ramadan, we wish you a year of peace and prosperity.

Director's Update - September 2017

Director's Update - September 2017
Our Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, during September, marking the start of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar. Shana tova u’metuka (sweet and good year) to all!
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Meeting the Office of Ethnic Communities Leadership Team

Meeting the Office of Ethnic Communities Leadership Team
Over the past three months, the Office of Ethnic Communities has held a series of 'Meet and Greet' events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
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Meeting the Office of Ethnic Communities Leadership Team

Image of attendees at the Meet and Greet event in Christchurch

Over the past three months, the Office of Ethnic Communities has held a series of 'Meet and Greet' events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. These events collectively have been attended by approximately 100 stakeholders who represented a cross section of government, non-government organisations, ethnic organisations and private sector partners who are significant in the field of ethnic diversity.

In Remembrance of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam

In Remembrance of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam
The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam, who passed away peacefully at his home in Auckland on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the age of 81.
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In Remembrance of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam

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The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam, who passed away peacefully at his home in Auckland on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the age of 81. Dr Rasalingam was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He moved from Sri Lanka to New Zealand with his wife in 1970. He then set up his General Practice clinic in the centre of Glen Innes, which provided free care to groups of former refugees.

One plus one is greater than two

One plus one is greater than two
China.NZ is a group of Chinese professionals dedicated to bridging the two cultures. The group is made up of six Chinese New Zealanders who call New Zealand home after they migrated here at a young age.
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We met with them to hear their story

Kiwi Indian woman now leads National Council of Women

Kiwi Indian woman now leads National Council of Women
Vanisa Dhiru is the new President of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ). Vanisa, a New Zealand-born Gujarati, will be responsible for leading the board of the 121-year-old organisation, which was founded by Kate Sheppard.
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One plus one is greater than two

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China.NZ is a group of Chinese professionals dedicated to bridging the two cultures. The group is made up of six Chinese New Zealanders who call New Zealand home after they migrated here at a young age.

The Office of Ethnic Communities met with them to hear their story.

What were your drivers in establishing this group?

Kiwi Indian woman now leads National Council of Women

Image of Vanisa Dhiru in front of the image of the first meeting of the National Council of Women held in Christchurch in 1896.

Vanisa Dhiru is the new President of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ). Vanisa, a New Zealand-born Gujarati, will be responsible for leading the board of the 121-year-old organisation, which was founded by Kate Sheppard.  Her appointment was announced on Suffrage Day last week (19 September).