• Leading the Way

    The Office of Ethnic Commmunities is committed to building the capacity and capability of ethnic people to provide leadership for their communities.

  • Ethnic Women Leadership project

    This programme is designed to develop ethnic women’s leadership capability so they can be the agents for change in their own communities and the wider society.

    Ethnic women are encouraged to be influential and effective decision-makers, who are able to support ethnic communities to integrate and participate in society more effectively.

  • Social enterprise

    What is social enterprise?Image of hands

    A social enterprise is an organisation that uses business activities to support social, cultural or environmental objectives.

    A social enterprise operates like a business, but instead of distributing profits to shareholders or individuals, they are used for a social purpose, to support the organisation’s mission to benefit wider society or specific groups of people.

  • Constitutional Advisory Panel - have your say on New Zealand's constitutional arrangements

    The Government is currently undertaking a review of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements. The themes covered in the review are:

  • Making a Submission to government

    In New Zealand, submissions are sometimes sought from the general public when changes are being made to policies or to legislation.

    Submissions are requested to test public reaction and/or so that your views can be included in a new policy.

  • What is social enterprise?

    image of hands with coins in themA social enterprise is an organisation that seeks to tackle social, cultural or environmental challenges.  Like a traditional business, a social enterprise sells goods and services.  However, instead of profits being distributed to shareholders or individuals, they are used to support the organisation’s mission.

  • The Advantages of Social Enterprise

    Image of an Opportunity SignSocial enterprise can provide a range of benefits to organisations looking to address social, cultural or environmental challenges.

  • The challenges of social enterprise

    Image of Hands holding hands in a squareIt takes time, skill, and considerable effort to build a profit-generating organisation. The reality is, like traditional businesses, a lot of social enterprises will fail.

  • Social enterprise in New Zealand

    Image of thumbs raised up in the airIn 2012 the Department of Internal Affairs conducted a survey of social enterprises (PDF - 539k). Over 400 organisations responded, providing us with an indicative snap-shot of the sector. (Department of Internal Affairs, Jan 2013)

  • Social enterprise around the world

    AustraliaImage of hands holding the world up

    In 2009, the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (at the Queensland University of Technology) and Social Traders Ltd carried out a research project called Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES). The project included a survey of 365 social enterprises.