Minister's updates

  • 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.

  • 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.