May 2018

Auckland Agency Group: Enabling a great international student experience

Attendees at the Auckland Agency Group meeting.

Each year, 130,000 international students representing 140 nationalities choose to study in New Zealand. Of these, 80,000 live in the Auckland region.

15 years on: Maintaining language and faith in Christchurch

Ibrahim Abdelhalim (centre) celebrating with parents/teachers.

15 years ago, Ibrahim Abdelhalim and his wife Salwa started the annual Arabic language and Qur'an competition in Christchurch. Ibrahim, current president of the Canterbury African Council and long serving member of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, explains that the language group aims to teach all interested children the Arabic language, and Islamic culture as a means of creating harmony between diverse religious and ethnic groups. Ibrahim believes in promoting the peace and loving nature of Islam to the younger generation.

Surinder Tandon: Role model for active citizenship

Surinder Tandon (Left) with the Governor General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae  (Right)

In 2014, Dr Surinder Tandon received the insignia of a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) for services to the community, and in the field of textile science. The award recognises a life time of service to others from a man whose personal motto is ‘service above self’.

Suffrage 125 spotlight: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a conversation with Naomi Tocher

Naomi Tocker with Vanessa receiving the Implementation and Practice Award.

This year we celebrate New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is a Wellington based, non-government organisation, representing communities from former refugee backgrounds. The organisation has many initiatives designed to live out their vision of New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life.