• Ethnic Diversity Management presentations spark interest in Australia

    Photo of Berlinda Chin presenting

    A presentation at a Specsavers Professional Development Day has generated greater interest here and across the ditch. As part of our ongoing work in Ethnic Diversity Management, the Office of Ethnic Affairs works with various businesses and organisations to support them in maximising the benefits of a diverse workforce and engaging with an increasingly diverse customer base. On 23 March the Office of Ethnic Affairs delivered a presentation titled “Riding the wave: leading ethnic diversity in the workplace” at a Specsavers Professional Development Day in Wellington. That presentation led to another in Auckland on 27 August, attended by about 60 people, including directors, general managers, dispensing opticians and support staff. Attendees came from various parts of New Zealand including Palmerston North, Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton.

  • Civic Participation and Visibility: Women in Action

    Tanya Suin, Grace Ryu, Pritika Sharma, Gabriela Ugalde and Lucia Davis.

    Participants from the Ethnic Women's Leadership Programme have established the Ethnic Women’s Leadership Network, a collaboration of women leaders from various migrant communities living in Auckland. The group are also from a wide range of sectors such as media, health, education, advocacy, research and disability.

  • Limitless with Support

    ‘‘I want New Zealand to come along on the journey with me, and be a part of this adventure”

    When Neelu Memon stands on top of South America's highest mountain early next year, her experience will be very different from that of other climbers.

  • Communities Connect through Rugby

    Players at the Poneke Football Club

    The Poneke Rugby Club in Kilbirnie, Wellington held a multicultural rugby festival on Sunday 8 August in collaboration with the Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wellington Multicultural Councils. The sun was out and families from across Wellington joined in the fun.

  • First Multicultural Rugby Festival

    Poneke Rugby Club Poster

    The Pōneke Football Club's vision to grow the first All Black or Black Fern from migrant communities other than the communities from the South Pacific, Europe or South Africa has had incredible support from multicultural communities in the Wellington region.

  • Think differently

    Think differently

    Funding available to help make a difference Think Differently is a social change campaign to encourage and support a shift in attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people. And they have funding available for community-led projects that can help make a difference.

  • Are you enrolled to vote?

    Elections - vote here sign

    To vote in the 2013 Local Elections, you need to be enrolled on the electoral roll.

    Voting papers are mailed out to people who have enrolled and need to be filled in, and mailed back by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October. Everyone who was correctly enrolled by Friday 16 August 2013 will get their voting papers for the 2013 local elections sent to them in the mail.

  • Muslim World Forum

    Image of Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque

    23 November 2013


    The Muslim World Forum is open to all with an interest in the contemporary issues relating to New Zealand’s relationship with the Muslim world and the New Zealand Muslim community.

  • Conference on Contemporary China

    LtoR: Jane Golley - Australia, Dr Jason Young - New Zealand, Dr Paul Irwin Crookes - UK

    On 20 and 21 August, the 2013 Wellington Conference on Contemporary China was hosted by the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre.

  • History of Chinese immigration now online

    Image of a Chinese New Zealander (from the online Exhibition)

    The documented history of Chinese immigration to New Zealand from the 1880s, including their requirement to pay a poll tax, has been put together by a team from Archives New Zealand with the assistance of the Office of Ethnic Affairs. An inventory of records of Chinese immigrants held by Archives New Zealand is now available in the Australian e-journal Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies (volume 6).