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  • Ethnic communities and the suffrage movement

    Image of the suffrage petition of M Alloo's signature

    New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Did you know, members of New Zealand’s ethnic communities played a role in shaping this part of New Zealand’s history?

  • 250 years of encounters – a snapshot of first encounters between the people of Aotearoa and our ethnic communities

    Graphic showing ethnicities versus years from 1750 onwards

    James Cook arrived in New Zealand 250 years ago while on his first Pacific voyage. The year 1769 not only marks the first encounters between Māori and Europeans, but also the beginning of continuous and increasing encounters between the people of Aotearoa and people from across the globe.

  • Book celebrates migrants’ contributions to New Plymouth

    Page image from Homelands Then and Now

    A recently published book, Homelands Then and Now, celebrates migrant contributions to New Plymouth. The book looks at migrants from a range of countries including Jordan, Zimbabwe and India.

  • Multicultural Festival Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Performers at the Multicultural Festival held in Te Papa Museum Wellington

    The Multicultural Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year Gala Performance was held at Te Marae, Te Papa in Wellington on 26 January 2019.

    This multicultural event, co-hosted by the Multicultural Council of Wellington and the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, featured Chinese, Indian, African, Russian, Polynesian, Latin American and New Zealand song and dance acts. Showcasing the cultural diversity of the local talent in Wellington, the evening was an opportunity to enjoy cross-cultural performances with beautiful costumes from communities in the Wellington region.

  • Portuguese in Aotearoa 1826-1886

    Book cover of Portuguese in Aotearoa 1826-1886
    Hilda McDonnell is a former librarian with a fascination for social history. Her commitment to preservation and passion for history lead her to write Portuguese in Aotearoa, an investigation into the lives of early settlers originally of Portuguese nationality.
     
    Portuguese settlers were among the first immigrants to New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Ministry of Youth Development fund opening

    Ministry of Youth Development logo

    The Ministry of Youth Development is set to open two new funding streams: Youth Development and Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

    The Youth Development funding stream supports the wellbeing of young people by funding holistic programmes and services that emphasise identity, belonging, connectedness and the strengths of young people. There is approximately $3 million available in this stream in 2019/2020. Applications will open on 28 January and close on 22 February 2019.

  • Suffrage 125 Fund celebrates women artists of diverse cultural backgrounds

    Creative New Zealand logo

    The new Suffrage 125 Arts Fund, part of the Suffrage 125 commemorations, is led by the Ministry for Women in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Fund supports high quality arts projects that recognise the contribution to women’s rights, by women from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

  • Farewell to Tayyaba Khan

    Tayyaba Khan

    This week, we bid farewell to our colleague, Tayyaba Khan, who is moving on from the Office of Ethnic Communities to explore new adventures.

    In her time as Manager Community Engagement, Tayyaba has made a marked and appreciated contribution to the Office of Ethnic Communities. Many of you have had the pleasure to meet Tayyaba during her time here, and see her dedication to our ethnic communities.

  • New Family Violence Law takes effect

    Poster for family violence ad

    On 3 December 2018, strangulation or suffocation, coerced marriage or civil union, and assault on a family member were introduced as amendments to the Family Violence Act 2018. Now, these behaviours are prosecutable under the Act as practices of family violence. Changes have also been made to help reduce trauma and improve the court experience for victims of family violence.