Ethnic Communities

  • Budget Template

    Templates of Grants and budgets are located here.

  • Celebration Checklist

    You may wish to host specific events during your language celebration. This checklist includes things that you might want to think about, leading up to, on the day and following the event. Not all of these will be relevant to your event, but they might be useful for you to consider.

  • Making contributions to the New Zealand-China relationship

    CNSST Managers and their Trustees

    Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST) was a finalist for one of the HSBC and New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) China Business Awards this year. Established in 2004 to celebrate companies with successful business or investment relationships between New Zealand and China, the HSBC NZCTA China Business Awards are a fast track to business and investment success with China.

  • Building Bridges - connecting Muslims in NZ to non-Muslims

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has worked with the New Zealand Muslim community on the Building Bridges Programme since 2005. The programme aims to create better connections, meaningful collaboration and open communication to support the maintenance of New Zealand’s social harmony. We also recognise that New Zealand Muslims not only contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy but provide New Zealand with a pathway to trade with the Muslim world.

  • Supporting Communities

    The Department of Internal Affairs is committed to helping New Zealand build strong communities. One of the ways it seeks to achieve this is by ensuring that there is clear and helpful information on the services available, and by supporting communities that need to access the various services.

    The Department has developed a series of videos to ensure that communities have a better understanding of the services available from the Department, and improve access to these services.

  • The Taniwha & Dragon Festival

    A Chinese dragon at the Taniwha and Dragon Festival

    Promoted as the world’s first Taniwha and Dragon Festival,  a celebration of the bonds between Maori and Chinese people took place on Saturday 27 April 2013.

    Auckland's Chinese community were formally welcomed with a pòwhiri on to Òràkei Marae by Ngàti Whàtua warriors and whànau, and accompanied by a a dancing Chinese dragon.

    At the heart of the festival was a workshop where traditional Māori and Chinese kites were made and flown.

  • Family violence and ethnic communities

    Family violence speaks many languages, has many colours, and lives in everyone’s community.

    We understand that family violence is a difficult thing to talk about.

    It creates a sense of shame for many ethnic communities. It arouses fear of alienation and stigmatisation.

    A critical step in its reduction is to ensure that family violence can be discussed without fear and that offenders and victims can seek help.

  • Trailblazers - inspiring stories from migrant women entrepreneurs

    Trailblazers is a collection of inspirational journeys of first generation, migrant women business entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

    Read about their passion and motivation to achieve success.

    Trailblazers (PDF 769KB)

  • Community Photos

    A police officer interacts with the community, Auckland

    In 2012 we invited you to send us your photos that represented  the concept of “connecting with the community.”

    We are hoping to build on these photos year-by-year to create a photographic archive which, in time, will provide a fascinating glimpse into the way things may have changed.

    2012 photos

    If you’d like to be involved, please send your photos to with “community photo” in the information line.

  • Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian

    Cover of the booklet "Caste Away"

    'Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian' is a fascinating booklet about the history of Maori Indian communities in New Zealand

    The research has been conducted by Dr Edwina Pio, Associate Professor at the Business and Law School of AUT University, Auckland, in association with the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

    The book explores the experiences of those from a mixed Māori/Indian background.