December 2017

Minister's Update - December 2017

Minister's Update - December 2017
Namaste, Ni hao, Mabuhay, Anyoung haseyo, Salaam Alaikum, Shalom, Malo e lelei, Kia ora, Talofa lava; warm and festive greetings to all. This is the time of the year when our thoughts focus on the excitement of holidays and time with our families and loved ones.
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Minister's Update - December 2017

Namaste, Ni hao, Mabuhay, Anyoung haseyo, Salaam Alaikum, Shalom, Malo e lelei, Kia ora, Talofa lava; warm and festive greetings to all.

This is the time of the year when our thoughts focus on the excitement of holidays and time with our families and loved ones. It is also a time of contemplation, of what a New Year may bring, of resolve and change, and the determination to make 2018 the best year of our lives.

Director's Update - December 2017

Director's Update - December 2017
Tēnā koutou [Hello]. This is our last newsletter for 2017. I hope this has been a rewarding year for you, your whanau [extended family] and communities.
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Director's Update - December 2017

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Tēnā koutou [Hello]

This is our last newsletter for 2017. I hope this has been a rewarding year for you, your whanau [extended family] and communities.

Ethnic Communities Development Fund - recipients announced

Ethnic Communities Development Fund - recipients announced
The recipients of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for the 2018 year have been announced. A total of 71 groups received a combined total of $520,000 from the Fund.
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Ethnic Communities Development Fund - recipients announced

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The recipients of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for the 2018 year have been announced. A total of 71 groups received a combined total of $520,000 from the Fund.

Grants were awarded for activities related to social cohesion, leadership development and cultural events. We received 138 requests for funding, totalling about $2.6 million.

Check out the full list of recipients.

Welcoming Communities standard for New Zealand

Welcoming Communities standard for New Zealand
Around the world Kiwis are renowned for being friendly, hospitable and inclusive – qualities highlighted in a new two-year pilot programme titled Welcoming Communities. The Welcoming Communities Standard was launched on 12 December 2017.
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Welcoming Communities standard for New Zealand

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Around the world Kiwis are renowned for being friendly, hospitable and inclusive – qualities highlighted in a new two-year pilot programme titled Welcoming Communities. The Welcoming Communities Standard was launched on 12 December 2017.

A Journey of Interethnic Mothering in Aotearoa

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Interethnic Mothering is a topic dear to my heart academically and personally. My recently submitted Doctorial (PhD) thesis on this topic records experiences of migrant mothers in New Zealand and reveals interesting insights into their joys and challenges of parenting in an interethnic relationship.

The Reed Pen’s Tale

Image of Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary and some of his calligraphy

Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary’s (Ali) an Afghanistan-born calligraphy artist, opened his first New Zealand solo exhibition on Friday 8 December 2017.

Celebrating Persian calligraphy and the resilience of an artist from a refugee background, the exhibition, titled the Reed Pen’s Tale, was launched at the Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland. The exhibition features 12 distinctive Persian calligraphic works.