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  • Fund dates for 2018 are set

    The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2019. There are three funding priorities: leadership development, social cohesion, and cultural events.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: Archna Tandon

    Image of Archna Tandon

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which gave all women in Aotearoa the right to vote.

    Archna Tandon migrated to New Zealand in 1990, from Delhi, India. Her experiences as a migrant inspired her to establish the Canterbury Indian Women’s Group, and encouraged her involvement in Shakti, an ethnic women’s support group. Shakti supports women to overcome barriers associated with migration, as well as to end all forms of violence and discrimination against migrant women.

  • Health scholarships awarded in Christchurch

    Image of the Health scholarship winners

    On 31 May, Pegasus Health and Workforce Development awarded scholarships to 23 students from diverse backgrounds to study nursing, medicine, or applied health. Two recipients of a scholarship were Seungjun Lee (known as Steve) and Phillipa Muza.

    Steve has just finished a nine week work placement in Christchurch Hospital as part of his Bachelor of Nursing. Steve’s placements in different areas of the health sector have always involved helping people with disabilities.

  • Meet the Office of Ethnic Communities newest member

    Mohamud (Centre) receiving his Local Hero Award from the CE of Kiwbank (right) and the Mayor for Auckland Phil Goff (left)

    Kia ora. My name is Mohamud Mohamed and I recently joined the Office of Ethnic Communities team as a Diversity & Engagement Advisor in Auckland.

  • MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity

    Image taken in 1922 of gathering of Indians at Grafton Bridge Auckland

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have funded ‘MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity - 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa’. Curated by the New Zealand Indian Central Association, this exhibition tells the story from the first Indian presence to pioneering settlers to established communities in New Zealand.

  • Looking for poems by writers with a migrant/former refugee background

    Adrienne Jansen, Carina Gallegos and ESOL students from Mana and Aotea Colleges read poems at My Name is not Refugee, an event a

    Landing Press, a small Wellington publisher, is inviting migrant and former refugee poets to send in their work for a collection to be published in October 2018.

    The book of poems will be a companion publication to ‘All of us’, a collection of poems on the themes of refugees and migrants, by Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos.

  • Auckland Agency Group: Enabling a great international student experience

    Attendees at the Auckland Agency Group meeting.

    Each year, 130,000 international students representing 140 nationalities choose to study in New Zealand. Of these, 80,000 live in the Auckland region.

  • 15 years on: Maintaining language and faith in Christchurch

    Ibrahim Abdelhalim (centre) celebrating with parents/teachers.

    15 years ago, Ibrahim Abdelhalim and his wife Salwa started the annual Arabic language and Qur'an competition in Christchurch. Ibrahim, current president of the Canterbury African Council and long serving member of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, explains that the language group aims to teach all interested children the Arabic language, and Islamic culture as a means of creating harmony between diverse religious and ethnic groups. Ibrahim believes in promoting the peace and loving nature of Islam to the younger generation.

  • Surinder Tandon: Role model for active citizenship

    Surinder Tandon (Left) with the Governor General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae  (Right)

    In 2014, Dr Surinder Tandon received the insignia of a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) for services to the community, and in the field of textile science. The award recognises a life time of service to others from a man whose personal motto is ‘service above self’.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a conversation with Naomi Tocher

    Naomi Tocker with Vanessa receiving the Implementation and Practice Award.

    This year we celebrate New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.

    ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is a Wellington based, non-government organisation, representing communities from former refugee backgrounds. The organisation has many initiatives designed to live out their vision of New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life.