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  • Welcoming Communities

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    Welcoming Communities / Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori is a new two-year programme that brings together local government and community leaders to make the places we love more welcoming for everyone.

    This is an invitation to help shape this new initiative by providing feedback on the draft Welcoming Communities Standard by Friday 22 September 2017. This is the standard against which local councils will be assessed in order to be accredited as a ‘Welcoming Community’.

  • In My Own Words: Rob Dewhirst

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    Rob Dewhirst is a New Zealand born engineer based in Christchurch. He is a convert to Islam and the Chairperson of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust.

    Rob kindly took time out for a quick question and answer session with the Office of Ethnic Communities while he was in Christchurch last week. This was despite being busy with international development contracts in East Timor, his work as Chairperson for the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust and preparations to go on the Hajj. The Hajj is the pilgrimage to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s most sacred space, and is one of the five essential pillars of Islam – meaning that all Muslims should perform Hajj at least once in their lives.

  • Get ready for the 2017 General Election

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    Voting and democracy are very important in New Zealand because they provide you with the opportunity to voice your opinion and vote for what you believe in. It is important that you have your say by voting in the upcoming General Election. Every vote counts.

    In 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to allow all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, your vote counts just as much as everyone else’s.

  • Losing momentum school leavers Asia engagement

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    The Asia New Zealand Foundation has released a report, Losing Momentum – School Leavers’ Asia Engagement, which looks at New Zealand school leavers’ readiness for engaging with Asia. The report outlines the results of a survey of more than 1,000 senior school students and their level of Asia awareness. The questions asked were about cultural competencies and knowledge of Asia, and the perceived importance of Asia to New Zealand.

    The key findings compared an earlier baseline survey conducted in 2012 and found that:

  • In Remembrance of Wenceslaus Anthony

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Wenceslaus Anthony on 23 July in Chennai, India, aged 59. He was closely associated with us and supported our EPIC (Ethnic People in Commerce) conferences as a speaker on a number of occasions.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - Now open

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    The Ethnic Communities Development Fund is open for requests and will close at midnight on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups wanting to increase awareness and understanding of their ethnic community, or to promote leadership and social cohesion.

    Information about this fund is available online on our website.

    If you need help with your application, you can call your local Internal Affairs Community Advisor on 0800 824 824.

  • Give feedback and help New Zealand families

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    The Government wants to know what you think about changes to the way Inland Revenue manages Working for Families and child support payments. The changes could help your family, so please give feedback.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund

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    The Ethnic Communities Development Fund – funding request dates for 2017 have been set. The fund will be open for requests on Wednesday 16 August 2017 and close at midnight on Wednesday 27 September 2017. There will be one funding round a year.

  • Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) 2017 Conference

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities hosted its EPIC 2017 conference on 30 June at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.