• A warm welcome to the Afghani families

    Powhiri for Afghani families

    Heartfelt gratitude was shared on both sides at the powhiri welcoming Afghani interpreters to Hamilton. 

  • Wellington EPIC NZ Conference Hailed a Success

    Mervin Singham and the EPIC audience

    Wellington’s EPIC NZ Conference turned out to be a successful networking opportunity for local businesses, who took advantage of the first conference in Wellington to make new contacts. Over 120 businesses registered for the Wellington conference.

  • US Family Violence Discussion - hosted by Office of Ethnic Affairs

    Some of those present paused during the thought provoking discussion to smile for the camera

    Sudha Shetty, a Berkley University lecturer and lawyer specialising in family violence issues faced by immigrant and ethnic minority women in the USA, led a robust group discussion in a lunchtime event hosted jointly by the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs on Thursday 5 June. Sudha spoke to a group made up of government officials, representatives of non-governmental organisations and private individuals all with concerns about violence against women and children.

  • Wellington's networking event to connect New Zealand’s ethnic and mainstream small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

    Join us at the EPIC NZ 2013 conference on June 13 at Vodafone Centre in Te Papa, Wellington

  • Harnessing trade opportunities through ethnic small and medium-sized enterprises

    The EPIC NZ 2013 conference held in Auckland on Friday 24 May is a key networking event to connect New Zealand’s ethnic and mainstream small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to better harness potential trade opportunities.

  • School Board of Trustees Elections a great opportunity to get involved

    School Trustee Elections 2013

    One of the largest and most significant democratic processes in New Zealand is currently taking place: the School Board of Trustees Elections. This process is also a great opportunity to join a board and gain valuable experience.

  • Ethics explored at interpreter’s seminar

    Participants at the Ethics Professional Development Seminar

    There were lively discussions and sharing of experiences at a professional development gathering in Auckland over the weekend.

  • Leading with Passion: EthnicA Wellington

    Photograph of Mervin Singham

    Excitement is building at the Office of Ethnic Affairs, with the EthnicA conference in Wellington happening on Saturday 11th May.   There are a few places left, so be in quick to register.

  • A decade of Language Line

    Language Line cards - the past 10 years

    In the past decade a massive 300,000 Language Line interpreting sessions have brought assistance and understanding to those who speak little or no English. There have been substantial increases in languages and agencies, and now there is promise of more change and innovation.

  • The Taniwha & Dragon Festival

    A Chinese dragon at the Taniwha and Dragon Festival

    Promoted as the world’s first Taniwha and Dragon Festival,  a celebration of the bonds between Maori and Chinese people took place on Saturday 27 April 2013.

    Auckland's Chinese community were formally welcomed with a pòwhiri on to Òràkei Marae by Ngàti Whàtua warriors and whànau, and accompanied by a a dancing Chinese dragon.

    At the heart of the festival was a workshop where traditional Māori and Chinese kites were made and flown.