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  • An emerging leader, Siona Fernandes - a young Olympian gives back

    Born in the Goa, India. Siona Fernandes was raised in a vibrant culture of diverse, values, practices and beliefs. She left home at 15 to pursue a dance career (she is a PhD scholarship recipient) and shortly after moved with her family to New Zealand. Siona’s own personal experience as a migrant in New Zealand has shaped her understanding of how culture influences the role of the body in wellbeing. In Goa the geographic layout of neighbourhoods promotes social interaction creating more opportunities for incidental movement such as walking, visiting, and group play. Upon arriving in New Zealand Siona noted that this level of incidental movement disappeared from the lives of many Indian migrants.

  • New Zealand Muslim Leaders’ Symposium

    Left to right - image of Wen Powles, Mrs Munira Khanum and Mrs Ann Pala

    The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) and Waikato Muslim Association (WMA) jointly hosted the first New Zealand Muslim Leaders’ Symposium in Hamilton on 20 January 2018. The symposium brought together over a hundred Muslim leaders, including women and youth, from across the country to discuss opportunities and challenges, and set the strategic direction for the wider Muslim community.

  • 2018 Census is today

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    Every five years Statistics New Zealand runs the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The next census day is 6 March 2018.

    Our next census will be different. Statistics New Zealand are aiming to collect most of the census information online.

    In February, Statistics New Zealand will send an access code to complete forms online, as well as guide notes and information about the census to every household in New Zealand.

  • Public’s views on human rights sought

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    New Zealanders have the chance to have their say on human rights issues in a national consultation process, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    A series of eight public consultation sessions, the last to be held in Gisborne on 12 March 2018, will seek the public’s views on New Zealand’s progress on human rights as part of a five-yearly review by the United Nations. The first was held in Wellington in mid-February.

  • Race Relations Day Festival and Peace March in Wellington

    The Race Relations Day Festival and Peace March is coming to Wellington on 24 March. With world class and local performers descending on the capital to celebrate ethnic diversity and mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event is proudly supported through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund from the Office of Ethnic Communities.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - recipients announced

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    The recipients of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for the 2018 year have been announced. A total of 71 groups received a combined total of $520,000 from the Fund.

    Grants were awarded for activities related to social cohesion, leadership development and cultural events. We received 138 requests for funding, totalling about $2.6 million.

    Check out the full list of recipients.

  • Welcoming Communities standard for New Zealand

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    Around the world Kiwis are renowned for being friendly, hospitable and inclusive – qualities highlighted in a new two-year pilot programme titled Welcoming Communities. The Welcoming Communities Standard was launched on 12 December 2017.

  • A Journey of Interethnic Mothering in Aotearoa

    Image of Lucia Davis with her family

    Interethnic Mothering is a topic dear to my heart academically and personally. My recently submitted Doctorial (PhD) thesis on this topic records experiences of migrant mothers in New Zealand and reveals interesting insights into their joys and challenges of parenting in an interethnic relationship.

  • The Reed Pen’s Tale

    Image of Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary and some of his calligraphy

    Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary’s (Ali) an Afghanistan-born calligraphy artist, opened his first New Zealand solo exhibition on Friday 8 December 2017.

    Celebrating Persian calligraphy and the resilience of an artist from a refugee background, the exhibition, titled the Reed Pen’s Tale, was launched at the Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland. The exhibition features 12 distinctive Persian calligraphic works.

  • Defining moments: Women in Leadership

    Image of left-to-right Maysoon Salama, Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen

    The Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) is a group that was formed in 1991 to cater specifically for the needs of Muslim women around New Zealand. Maysoon Salama, National Coordinator, and Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen, Assistant National Coordinators, are leaders within their own ethnic communities, serve on a range of boards, have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are highly entrepreneurial. They share some of their thoughts about their own journeys, life and leadership.