June 2018

Director's Update - June 2018

Director's Update - June 2018
Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. While winter has well and truly settled in, the Office of Ethnic Communities remains as busy as ever.
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Minister's Update - June 2018

Minister's Update - June 2018
Ramadan came to an end on the evening of 14 June, signalling the start of Eid ul-Fitr. This time of year is particularly special for our Muslim communities, and it’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the Muslim New Zealanders who have made Aotearoa their home.
Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa with Naima Ali one of the emcees for the evening.
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Do you have strong governance experience?

Do you have strong governance experience?
The Office of Ethnic Communities is looking for ethnic people with strong governance experience to join our Nominations Service database.
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Fund dates for 2018 are set

Fund dates for 2018 are set
The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.
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Suffrage 125 spotlight: Archna Tandon

Suffrage 125 spotlight: Archna Tandon
Archna Tandon migrated to New Zealand in 1990, from Delhi, India. Her experiences as a migrant inspired her to establish the Canterbury Indian Women’s Group, and encouraged her involvement in Shakti, an ethnic women’s support group.
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Director's Update - June 2018

Kia Ora! Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. While winter has well and truly settled in, the Office of Ethnic Communities remains as busy as ever.

On 19 June, we joined members of our Muslim communities to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Parliament. I wish to extend my best wishes to all Muslims in New Zealand and overseas.

Minister's Update - June 2018

Eid Mubarak.

Ramadan came to an end on the evening of 14 June, signalling the start of Eid ul-Fitr. This time of year is particularly special for our Muslim communities, and it’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the Muslim New Zealanders who have made Aotearoa their home.

The Eid ul-Fitr celebration I hosted in Parliament was a wonderful occasion, and a formal opportunity for such acknowledgement. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this joyous time with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Do you have strong governance experience?

The Office of Ethnic Communities is looking for ethnic people with strong governance experience to join our Nominations Service database.

Government has a commitment that State sector boards are representative of the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including gender, ethnicity, age, and geographic location.

The Office of Ethnic Communities’ Nominations Service facilitates the nomination of ethnic people for boards in order to meet the Government’s goal of greater ethnic diversity in board appointments.

Fund dates for 2018 are set

The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.

The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2019. There are three funding priorities: leadership development, social cohesion, and cultural events.

Suffrage 125 spotlight: Archna Tandon

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This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which gave all women in Aotearoa the right to vote.

Archna Tandon migrated to New Zealand in 1990, from Delhi, India. Her experiences as a migrant inspired her to establish the Canterbury Indian Women’s Group, and encouraged her involvement in Shakti, an ethnic women’s support group. Shakti supports women to overcome barriers associated with migration, as well as to end all forms of violence and discrimination against migrant women.