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  • 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.

  • How many different ethnic groups call New Zealand home?

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    Prior to the EPIC Conference, the Office of Ethnic Communities held an online quiz about ethnic diversity in New Zealand. Over 1,200 people participated.

  • Welcoming Communities

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    Welcoming Communities is a two year pilot programme established by Immigration New Zealand in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, Office of Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission.  The initiative brings together local government and community leadership to make the places we live more welcoming for everyone.

  • Making Tax Simpler: Tell the Government what you think

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    The Government wants to know what you think about plans to simplify income tax for people who earn income only from a salary, wages, interest or dividends.

  • Give Nothing to Racism

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    Give Nothing to Racism is an anti-racism campaign launched by the Human Rights Commission, and led by the Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. The campaign urges New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance. Since its release in June 2017, it has been viewed more than 3 million times.