Director's updates

  • Director's Update - September 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora tātou

    Our Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, during September, marking the start of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar. Shana tova u’metuka (sweet and good year) to all!

    As it is start of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, and the second holiest month for Muslims following Ramadan, we wish you a year of peace and prosperity.

  • Director's Update - August 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.

  • Director's Update - August 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.

  • Acting Director's Update - July 2017

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    This year, the Office of Ethnic Communities ran our 6th Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) conference in Auckland. Over 300 attendees had an opportunity to connect with 13 government agencies and network with speakers and other attendees. A range of diverse speakers, from established businesses to start-ups, discussed their experiences in embracing technology, innovation and diversity. There were a lot of stimulating conversations on and off the stage, and I would like to thank everybody who attended and provided feedback. The Office will now consider all the feedback received, and take a partnership approach to establish the way forward for EPIC.

  • Director's Update - June 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The month of June has flown by.  We paid tribute to the sheer courage and perseverance of refugees on World Refugee Day, 20 June.  As I began my work as Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities, old and new friends have made me aware of the significant difference that ethnic community representatives involved in business, migrant settlement, refugee services, culture and heritage, education and other important fields are making too many people's lives in Auckland and elsewhere.

  • Director's Update - May 2017

    Image of Wen Powles - Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    This is my first week at the Department of Internal Affairs and in the role of Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities. I am delighted to join the team, and look forward very much to meeting and learning from all our partners in the ethnic communities sector over the coming months.

  • Director's Update - April 2017

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    E rere kau mai te awa nui nei
    Mai i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa
    Ko au te awa
    Ko te awa ko au.

    Ko Caroline Bridgland tāku ingoa
    Ko Ruapehu te maunga
    Ko Whanganui te awa
    Ko te Atihaunui-a-paparangi te iwi

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    Welcome to the April edition of our monthly newsletter.

  • General Manager's Update - March 2017

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    In my last update I welcomed two of the three new managers in the Office of Ethnic Communities – Natasha Narayan, the Manager of our Planning, Systems and Services team, and Tayyaba Khan, the Manager for our Community Engagement team.  Tayyaba is based in Auckland.  I’m pleased to say that Natasha and Tayyaba will now be joined by Diana Solomon as the Manager for the Policy and Research team – which completes the leadership team for the Office for Ethnic Communities.  Diana comes to OEC from her role as Principal Advisor Strategy and Planning in the Strategy and Governance Group of the Department of Internal Affairs, although she has had extensive experience in policy work previously including in the Treasury.

  • General Manager's Update - Febuary 2017

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    Kung hei fat choi! Xin Nian Hao! Sen-nin haow! Happy New Year!

    In September last year I outlined the work that the Office of Ethnic Communities was doing to develop its Operating Model. Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand is the vision for the Office of Ethnic Communities and drives our Operating Model. This is the strategic framework for what we do, why we do it, and how we go about our work. You can check it out on our website.

  • General Manager's Update - December 2016

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    Well I must say it feels like ground has shifted significantly since my last update in October!

    The ground has shifted literally in Kaikoura, and it continues to move along the many fractured fault lines which run through our country.  Also in the past week a number of our Tongan community have lost their lives in trying to reach solid ground in the Kaipara Harbour.  Our thoughts are with the Tongan community and the people of Kaikoura as they pull their lives and communities back together.