December 2018

Cherry Blossom Festival and Art Salon held in Auckland

Some of the attendees at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Auckland’s Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple held its annual two day Cherry Blossom festival on 24 and 25 November 2018. 

The festival welcomed spring and celebrated the beauty of cherry blossoms with musical performances, a blessing ceremony for babies and children, tea meditation, and vegetarian food stalls to coincide with International Vegetarian Day.

Visa processing moves online

Visa processing moves online
Immigration New Zealand Auckland Central Visa Services counter services at 280 Queen Street are closing permanently 4 pm on Friday 21 December 2018. There will be no drop box at this location.
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Visa processing moves online

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Immigration New Zealand Auckland Central Visa Services counter services at 280 Queen Street are closing permanently 4 pm on Friday 21 December 2018.  There will be no drop box at this location.

This is because Immigration New Zealand is moving to a largely online model of visa processing, to make the process faster, more accurate and more consistent.

The 4th Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

Attendees at the Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

The Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium was held on 21 November 2018. Over 100 people attended from various fields including academia, tourism and public service. The Office of Ethnic Communities was also represented. 

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Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Rebranding

Attendees at the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Rebranding

On 20 November 2018, the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) held its annual general meeting at Auckland’s Fickling Convention Centre. The event was an opportunity for ARMS to showcase some of their 2018 highlights, share their new name, and their strategy going forward.