Director's updates

  • Director's Update - September 2018

    Kia ora, nĭ hăo and namaste!

    This month the Office of Ethnic Communities (OEC) celebrated Māori, Chinese, and Hindi language weeks.  We also observed the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement, and saw the release of the report on Diverse Thinking Capability Audit in New Zealand Boardrooms 2018.  These events allowed us to learn and share the rich languages, history, and innovations that we have here in Aotearoa. 

  • Director's update - August 2018

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

    Kia ora koutou katoa

    Welcome to the Office of Ethnic Communities’ August newsletter.

    Education has been an ongoing area of focus for the Office this month. We are currently collaborating with the Education on the Education Conversation, to improve New Zealand’s education system for future generations. In September, the Office of Ethnic Communities will be assisting Education with three of its pan-ethnic consultations across Auckland, and identifying key themes and concerns raised by our ethnic communities around the NCEA system.

  • Director's update - July 2018

    Cathrine Austin - Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora

    Welcome to the July edition of our monthly newsletter.  At this time of year, the Office of Ethnic Communities also eagerly awaits the upcoming applications for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. If you would like to know more about the Fund, or even receive some advice before submitting your application, please visit the Office of Ethnic Communities website or email us at community.matters@dia.govt.nz.

  • Director's Update - June 2018

    Kia Ora! Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. While winter has well and truly settled in, the Office of Ethnic Communities remains as busy as ever.

    On 19 June, we joined members of our Muslim communities to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Parliament. I wish to extend my best wishes to all Muslims in New Zealand and overseas.

  • 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.