Minister's updates

  • Minister's Update - August 2018

    Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

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

    This month, I was delighted to celebrate Indian Independence Day with so many of our New Zealand Indian families and friends, at Radio Tarana’s event in Auckland. It was very special to have so many of my Cabinet and parliamentary colleagues, as well as major community organisations attend. Well done to everyone who made this celebration a success.

  • Minister's Update - July 2018

    Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo, mālō e lelei and very warm greetings to you all.

    I began the month by visiting many bright year 7 and 8 students at St John the Evangelist School, in Ōtara. I shared with them my migration journey; from arriving as a Tongan teenager with English as a second language, to becoming a Cabinet Minister. It was a delight to meet such a diverse group of engaged students and future leaders. Many of our students and their families have similar migration journeys in coming to settle in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was a great opportunity to acknowledge their skills, and the ambition of positive changes they wish to bring about in South Auckland.

  • Minister's Update - June 2018

    Eid Mubarak.

    Ramadan came to an end on the evening of 14 June, signalling the start of Eid ul-Fitr. This time of year is particularly special for our Muslim communities, and it’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the Muslim New Zealanders who have made Aotearoa their home.

    The Eid ul-Fitr celebration I hosted in Parliament was a wonderful occasion, and a formal opportunity for such acknowledgement. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this joyous time with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

  • Minister's update - May 2018

    Kia ora, mālō e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, annyeonghaseyo, and very warm greetings to you all.

  • Minister's Update - April 2018

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo, kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, and very warm greetings to everyone.

  • Minister's Update - March 2018

    Image of the Hon Minister Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities - speaking at the Holi festival celebration

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

  • Celebrating ethnic diversity in Parliament

    As Minister for Ethnic Communities, I’m privileged to be invited to many community events and to host special events in Parliament that celebrate the colourful ethnic diversity of Aotearoa.

    I recently hosted my first Chinese New Year parliamentary event, which has been a feature on the Parliamentary calendar since 2002. It was a great opportunity to meet key members from the Chinese community, as well as dignitaries and the general public.

  • Minister's Update - December 2017

    Namaste, Ni hao, Mabuhay, Anyoung haseyo, Salaam Alaikum, Shalom, Malo e lelei, Kia ora, Talofa lava; warm and festive greetings to all.

    This is the time of the year when our thoughts focus on the excitement of holidays and time with our families and loved ones. It is also a time of contemplation, of what a New Year may bring, of resolve and change, and the determination to make 2018 the best year of our lives.

  • 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.