Minister's updates

  • Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister's Update

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo and very warm greetings!

    It is my honour to be able to provide you with my first message since becoming your Minister for Ethnic Communities – a portfolio I am immensely humbled to have been given by our Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, and one which I am excited about.

  • Minister's Update - August 2017

    Image of Hon Judith Collins

    This is a good time of year to consider opportunities for governance roles. The Office of Ethnic Communities keeps a database of New Zealanders from ethnic communities who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups. The nominations service seeks to increase ethnic representation in leadership and governance positions.

  • Minister's Update - July 2017

    Image of Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Judith Collins

    It has been a busy and successful few weeks in the Ethnic Communities portfolio.

  • Minister's Update - June 2017

    I am looking forward to hosting the Parliamentary Eid ul-Fitr on 5 July and acknowledging the contributions made by Muslim Kiwis in New Zealand. 

    Eid ul-Fitr is a celebration of attaining spiritual prosperity after a month of fasting, worship and prayer. During this celebration, Muslims give thanks to Allah (God) for their health, wellbeing and for the strength to complete their spiritual fasting.

  • Minister's Update - May 2017

    I would like to wish Ramadan Mubarak to people in the Muslim community at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.  This is a month of daily fasting.  It is also a time of reflection, focus and practicing goodwill. Iftar meals to break the fast at the end of the day will be shared with friends, family and our wider community.  The month of fasting will also be accompanied by efforts to assist those less well-off and build peace and harmony in our communities.

  • Minister's Update - April 2017

    Image of field of poppies with Lest we forget written across it

    Yesterday was ANZAC Day and, as I do every year, I joined veterans and members of the public at the dawn service in Papakura and other services throughout the day, to acknowledge and honour the courage and sacrifice of all those who bravely served our nation at Gallipoli and in subsequent conflicts.

  • Minister’s Update

    Image of Minister Hon Judith Collins

    The month of March was a busy month for ethnic communities-starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March, Race Relations Day on 21 March and a host of multicultural events delivered throughout the country.

  • Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand

    Over the past 5 months I have had the privilege of meeting a wide range of people from ethnic communities, ethnic community leaders, NGOs and government agencies. You have all shared with me your passion and commitment for supporting strong ethnic communities and realising the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand. You have talked to me about the many ways in which you are working to support ethnic communities, and the ways in which you would like the Office for Ethnic Communities to support this work, advise government about the important issues for ethnic communities, deliver services like Language Line, and fund community initiatives that support ethnic communities and build social cohesion.

  • Ministers Foreword

    New Zealanders welcome migrants and so we should.Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

    Migrants make a significant contribution bringing culture, colour and vibrancy to New Zealand.  They also contribute skills, knowledge, experience and capital.

    They support existing businesses or start their own.

    They also bring connections, expertise and interesting views and ideas which contribute to the richness of our communities.

  • The importance of languages

    Image of the Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Chinese New Year performer

    The past month has been all about Lunar New Year celebrations.

    From embassy and parliamentary receptions, to smaller events celebrating the culture and heritage of a particular group, one of the stand-out points for me has been language.