November 2017

Director's Update - November 2017

Director's Update - November 2017
The Office of Ethnic Communities warmly welcomes our Minister, the Hon Jenny Salesa, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Ethnic Communities, Michael Wood MP.
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Defining moments: Women in Leadership

Defining moments: Women in Leadership
The Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand, Maysoon Salama, Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen, share some of their thoughts about their own journeys, life and leadership.
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Ancient instrument played at festival

Ancient instrument played at festival
Candy Wu Zhang played the guqin, an ancient seven-string Chinese instrument, at the Gold Silk International Musical and Cultural Festival 2017. The guqin has a three thousand year history so is often referred to as the “instrument of the ages”.
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In remembrance: Councillor Philip Yeung

In remembrance: Councillor Philip Yeung
The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councillor Phillip Yeung on 29 September in Hamilton, aged 60.
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Director's Update - November 2017

The Office of Ethnic Communities warmly welcomes our Minister, the Hon Jenny Salesa, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Ethnic Communities, Michael Wood MP. We will be supporting the Minister and Under-Secretary to deliver the Government’s priorities to ensure that ethnic diversity is a source of strength for New Zealand, and brings new insights, skills and opportunities to everyone in our society.

Defining moments: Women in Leadership

Image of left-to-right Maysoon Salama, Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen

The Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) is a group that was formed in 1991 to cater specifically for the needs of Muslim women around New Zealand. Maysoon Salama, National Coordinator, and Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen, Assistant National Coordinators, are leaders within their own ethnic communities, serve on a range of boards, have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are highly entrepreneurial. They share some of their thoughts about their own journeys, life and leadership.

Ancient instrument played at festival

Image of Candy Wu Zhang playing the guqin ancient seven-string Chinese instrument.

Candy Wu Zhang played the guqin, an ancient seven-string Chinese instrument, at the Gold Silk International Musical and Cultural Festival 2017. The guqin has a three thousand year history so is often referred to as the “instrument of the ages”. It is noted for its great subtlety of sound and revered for its association with scholars and literati particularly the Chinese philosopher Confucius.

In remembrance: Councillor Philip Yeung

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The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councillor Phillip Yeung on 29 September in Hamilton, aged 60.

Population projections

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On 3 October 2017, Statistics New Zealand released an update of their population projections, which states that the four largest ethnic population groups in New Zealand are projected to grow between 2013 and 2038.

SmartStart

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Have you seen SmartStart?  Given the projections for New Zealand’s increasing population, it’s a very smart way for new parents to get step-by-step information to help them and their babies get off to the best start!