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  • Excellence Awards Night and Charity Dinner 2017

    Excellence Awards Night and Charity Dinner 2017

    The Office of Ethnic Communities attended the first Excellence Awards Night and Charity Dinner 2017, held by the The Okapi Alliance NZ (Congolese Community of New Zealand) on 18th February 2017. This charitable event was held at the New Lynn Memorial Hall, Auckland, to honour and celebrate members of the Congolese community for their outstanding talent and contribution in New Zealand, within their respective fields for the year 2016.

  • Multicultural Rotary holds Chinese New Year Charity Ball

    Minster Collins attending Multicultural Rotary holds Chinese New Year Charity Ball

    The Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside is ethnically about one-third Chinese, one-third Indian and one-third Pakeha.

  • Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey

    Being Chinese in Aotearoa

    Cantonese cabin steward Appo Hocton arrived in Nelson in 1842. He was the first of many Chinese settlers who came to Aotearoa New Zealand and started a new life on our shores. Since then, many more have followed, including pioneering gold miners, merchants, architects and entrepreneurs, and today, the Chinese community of New Zealand make up one of our largest ethnic populations.  At the most recent count, approximately 170,000 people make up the Chinese population including long established communities, recent migrants from China as well as other parts of the world, and New Zealand born Chinese.

  • Guest Contribution: Chinese New Year and the New Dawn in New Zealand

    An honour and privilege to attend the inauguration NZ Citizenship ceremony with Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff (7 Feb 2017).

    This piece is a guest contribution from David Wong, Deputy Chair – New Zealand Chinese Association Auckland Branch.

    My childhood was experienced through the 1960s growing up in Wellington. My parents owned a small fruit shop in Berhampore and my brothers and I were the only New Zealand born Chinese sitting in a school classroom of Europeans, Pacific Islanders and Maori. Chinese New Year was celebrated very humbly with my mother cooking special dishes of fish, pork and rice and noodles with the occasional attendance at a function at one of the village association (Poon Far – as my parents were from that region in Guangzhou) halls to welcome in the new year.

  • Anjum Rahman receives full scholarship for 2017 Leadership Programme

    Anjum Rahman

    We congratulate Anjum Rahman on receiving admission to the Leadership Programme at Leadership New Zealand. This programme is an immersive year-long experience, involving a series of retreats, seminars and debates.

  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year enriches our cultural diversity


    Led by a traditional Chinese lion dancing for good luck and accompanied by the music of beating drums, the 9th of February saw the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Judith Collins, host a gathering of 200 people at Parliament, including members of parliament, diplomatic, government officials, leaders of the Chinese community, as well as representatives from 19 different ethnicities.

  • 2017 Chinese New Year Celebrations in Auckland


    Chinese New Year is a well-recognised event in the Kiwi calendar and marks the start of a brand new lunar calendar year. This year on January 28 the year of the monkey will change over to the fire rooster. On 21 January, two significant events saw the beginning of a series of 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration activities.

  • Ranjna Patel Receives the Prestigious Deloitte Visionary Award

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities is very proud to see Ranjna Patel – a well-known business entrepreneur and a community worker receiving the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader award for 2016. Congratulations!

  • Christmas Delights in the Waimakariri

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities was pleased to attend the Waimakariri District Council community team end of year function at the district council office in Rangiora on 8 December. Denise Wiggins (Community Development facilitator) and the community team have been very active in generating links with agencies in Christchurch around the needs of newcomers and ethnic communities in the area.