• Team sport! Considering it for yourself or your children?

    At every level of life, whether it is international competition or your local soccer club, sport is a great way to build relationships with people from all walks of life.

    Sport is not just a way to get fit, but also an important way of life in New Zealand... From the 1905 All Black’s rugby tour of England and Wales to the New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team’s gold medal run of 2012, sport plays a major part in our everyday lives.

  • Young Aucklander motivated by London youth conference

    Delegates at the Global Youth Summit in London

    Inspiring and energised people, incredible conversations and benefits for years to come. Those are the lasting impressions for young Aucklander Ajay Ravindran who represented New Zealand in London at the Global Youth Summit in London in December 2012.

    His selection followed his work with young people with the P3 Foundation. The Foundation’s name stands for Peace, Prosperity and Progress. It’s a local youth-for-youth, non-profit organisation that is run by a team of  volunteers from across New Zealand.

  • Starting the Constitutional question

    All New Zealanders are invited to share their aspirations for this country and what matters to them most about how Aotearoa New Zealand is run in the future.

    The Constitutional Advisory Panel will actively seek a broad range of views on New Zealand’s constitution in the first half of 2013. Panel co-chair Sir Tipene O’Regan says: “The review is a chance for us to think about this country’s future. What kind of place do we want our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to live in?”

  • Solidarity protest against rape highlights family violence

    Protestors with black scarves over their mouths as they take part in the silent protest

    Several hundred protesters gathered in Auckland and Wellington on Saturday 19 January in solidarity with demonstrations across India against the continued perpetration of rape.  Demonstrations have been held worldwide following the recent death of a young Indian woman who was brutally raped in New Delhi.

  • Aashirwad - better care for the elderly

    Acting Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Berlinda Chin (left) joins others at the opening of the new wing.

    A new wing that caters for the special needs of the elderly in the South Asian community in Auckland has been launched at the David Lange Care Home in Mangere East. The new wing, opened on 10 January 2013, is named "Aashirwad" which means Blessings.

    The move follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Bupa Care Services and the Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust to deliver culturally appropriate care for South Asian community elders in November  2012.

  • Training success for Unitec Institute of Technology

    Photograph of Berlinda Chin - presenting certificates to Unitec staff

    New Zealand’s largest institute of technology, Unitec, has been recognised by the Office of Ethnic Affairs for its success in equipping its people to communicate across social and cultural boundaries.

    Unitec has around 2,100 staff and 23,000 students based on three campuses across Auckland. Students come from more than 80 different countries and take courses in a wide range of disciplines from nursing to architecture, computing to gas-fitting.

    Since 2011 Unitec has been using the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) Training Programme.

  • Ending the year on a training note

    The final Intercultural Awareness and Communication training for the 2012 year was held on 11 and 12 December, with eight diverse participants learning how to deliver the training to others.

    The training is a core part of the work of the Office of Ethnic Affairs. It aims to improve the skills of individuals so they can work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and establish effective communication, interaction and workplace relationships.

    These trainees can then become trainers themselves, championing ethnic diversity in their own workplace.

  • Are you interested in helping to make decisions in the public sector?

    Photograph of ethnic business woman

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has a database of ethnic New Zealanders who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups, including those of Crown companies.

    The positions are an excellent opportunity to contribute to the prosperity and strength of New Zealand’s economy and communities.  Ethnic people can register their interest and availability to take up board appointments.

    To be considered for these roles you need to display one or more of the following characteristics:

  • New guide for visitors to China launched

    Photograph of the China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China booklet

    A new booklet, China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China, was launched at a ceremony organised by the University of Auckland’s Confucius Institute during Chinese State Councillor Liu Yandong’s recent visit to New Zealand.

    State Councillor Liu’s visit took place ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China on 22 December. Her visit highlighted the strong links New Zealand and China have in science, technology and education, and the intention to boost co-operation between our two countries in these areas.

  • Budding social entrepreneurs meet for Wellington workshops

    A group of 12 budding social entrepreneurs have met in the Capital as part of the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ workshop in Wellington on the topic.

    The social enterprise model is seen as an alternative funding source for organisations which have traditionally received grants from the Government.

    It involves organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

    At the first workshop in Wellington on 8 December the 12 participants heard from four speakers.