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  • Potting Up for Khaled

    Image of some of the volunteers supporting Khaled Al Jouja and family

    Office of Ethnic Communities Senior Services Advisor, Craig Nicholson and son Noa recently spent a few hours volunteering to support Khaled Al Jouja and family – along with around 500 other volunteers.

  • New Connections Inspiring Christchurch

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    Isaac Winsley from the social enterprise Inspiring Stories Charitable Trust, visited the Office of Ethnic Communities in Christchurch recently to talk about the trust’s vision - “To see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change their world”. A key topic of discussion was the trust’s desire to expand its connections with young people from diverse communities in the South Island.

  • Justice promoting diversity in the workplace

    Image of volunteers and organisers for the Ministry of Justice Diwali Celebration

    More than 200 people from Wellington’s Courts and Ministry of Justice offices got together on the 13 October and enjoyed an authentic Indian lunch to celebrate Diwali, the annual Hindu Festival of Lights.

  • Meeting the Office of Ethnic Communities Leadership Team

    Image of attendees at the Meet and Greet event in Christchurch

    Over the past three months, the Office of Ethnic Communities has held a series of 'Meet and Greet' events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. These events collectively have been attended by approximately 100 stakeholders who represented a cross section of government, non-government organisations, ethnic organisations and private sector partners who are significant in the field of ethnic diversity.

  • In Remembrance of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam, who passed away peacefully at his home in Auckland on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the age of 81. Dr Rasalingam was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He moved from Sri Lanka to New Zealand with his wife in 1970. He then set up his General Practice clinic in the centre of Glen Innes, which provided free care to groups of former refugees.

  • One plus one is greater than two

    Image of (LtoR) Rachel Hu, Tina Zhang, Shane Zheng, Jack Ma and Wendy Lu

    China.NZ is a group of Chinese professionals dedicated to bridging the two cultures. The group is made up of six Chinese New Zealanders who call New Zealand home after they migrated here at a young age.

    The Office of Ethnic Communities met with them to hear their story.

    What were your drivers in establishing this group?

  • Kiwi Indian woman now leads National Council of Women

    Image of Vanisa Dhiru in front of the image of the first meeting of the National Council of Women held in Christchurch in 1896.

    Vanisa Dhiru is the new President of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ). Vanisa, a New Zealand-born Gujarati, will be responsible for leading the board of the 121-year-old organisation, which was founded by Kate Sheppard.  Her appointment was announced on Suffrage Day last week (19 September).

  • 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.