Director's updates

  • Director's Update - May 2018

    Image of Austin aka Cathrine Austin - Interim Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The Office of Ethnic Communities had a busy month organising the 2018 Safer Communities Ministerial Forum, which took place on May 26 in Auckland. The Forum brought together Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries from the Ethnic Communities, Justice, and Police portfolios. Together with ethnic community leaders we collaborated on sustainable, long-term interventions aimed at improving safety in our communities.

  • Director's Update - April 2018

    Tena koutou katoa

    April was another busy month at the Office of Ethnic Communities with Easter break now seeming a distant memory.  I’d like to take the opportunity once again to thank the dedicated staff of the Office, and all the passionate and committed representatives of diverse ethnic communities that engage with us, to make this work possible. 

  • Director's Update - March 2018

    Image of Cathrine Austin (Austin) Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    A month into my role as Acting Director, Office of Ethnic Communities, I already feel at home here. The support and dedication of the hard-working team of professionals at the Office has played a big part in this, for which I am very grateful.

  • Director’s Update - First Quarter 2018

    Kia ora koutou katoa

    Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog has been welcomed with colour and verve across the country.  Xin nian kuai le!

    A distinctive array of New Year celebrations in our ethnic communities are now among the many traditions enjoyed in our wonderfully diverse country. These festivals and observances, held throughout the year, have become integral to our home-grown Kiwi custom and tradition. 

  • Director's Update - December 2017

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

    Tēnā koutou [Hello]

    This is our last newsletter for 2017. I hope this has been a rewarding year for you, your whanau [extended family] and communities.

  • Director's Update - November 2017

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa Minister for Ethnic Communities (Foreground) with Michael Wood MP background

    The Office of Ethnic Communities warmly welcomes our Minister, the Hon Jenny Salesa, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Michael Wood MP. We will be supporting the Minister and Under-Secretary to deliver the Government’s priorities to ensure that ethnic diversity is a source of strength for New Zealand, and brings new insights, skills and opportunities to everyone in our society.

  • 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

    Image of the crowd building at EPIC Conference 2017

    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.