July 2018

Former Afghan Interpreters given New Zealand Citizenship

The Council’s Kaumatua, Tame Pokaia, speaks at Kirikiriroa Marae during the Pōwhiri which preceded the Citizenship Ceremony

On 22 June, 68 former Afghan interpreters and their families became New Zealand citizens at a very special ceremony at Kirikiriroa Marae, Hamilton.

Over 200 people attended, including family, friends, Hamilton Mayor Andrew King, members of the New Zealand’s Defence and Police forces, local Iwi and city officials.

Leading the Dance

Photo of the 3 Judges of The Great NZ Dance Masala (Shawn pictured at the back)along with the host, Colin Mathura-Jeffree

Shawn Thomas making the Indian community proud through his creative achievements; he’s part of TV3’s The Great New Zealand Dance Masala, a competition showcasing a variety of dancing styles including classical, traditional, hip hop and Bollywood. Shawn a judge on this Indian-inspired dance show; the first of its kind.

Mitchell Pham receives Kea World Class New Zealand Award

The Office of Ethnic Communities would like to congratulate Mitchell Pham on being the first ethnic migrant/refugee to receive the Kea World Class New Zealand Award for his contribution to the New Zealand technology sector and NZ-Asia relations.