News

  • Shama Fundraising Event Shines

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    Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre Trust organised an inspirational gala fundraising event on Saturday 29th April featuring poetry, films, and stories of resilience.

  • Media release: Conference drives growth in New Zealand’s ethnically diverse business community

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    15 May 2017 – The Office of Ethnic Communities is excited to announce this years’ Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) NZ conference, to be held in Auckland on 30 June at the Sky City Convention Centre. Diversity is a reality for New Zealand – is your business ready to unlock its benefits?

    EPIC NZ is an annual conference which celebrates the strength of New Zealand's growing and diverse business community, and has previously been attended by more than 300 people each year.

  • The 15th Asian Health Forum held in Auckland

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    The 15th Asian Health Forum held in Auckland created much health awareness and understanding about the health issues faced by the Asian migrants in New Zealand. Approximately 200 people representing government agencies, Non-Government Organisations, health service providers, as well as community representatives attended the day-long forum which was organised by the Asian Network Incorporated (TANI).

  • Race Relations Day

    Image from Vehaara Arts Dance Group from Malaysia - Credit Nicole Retter

    On 23 April, we attended the Race Relations Day celebration event in Wellington organised by the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils (Multicultural New Zealand), in partnership with Multicultural Council of Wellington and the Human Rights Commission.

    Race Relations Day (21 March) has been observed in New Zealand since 2003 and marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The date is the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa in 1960. 

  • He Tohu – The Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition have moved

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    Our most iconic constitutional documents were moved in the early hours of Saturday morning (22 April) in an emotional and uplifting atmosphere.

    At 4am a pūtātara heralded the start of the journey from Archives New Zealand to their new home at the National Library in Wellington.

  • Recent Publications: Race in the Workplace

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    In February 2017, the independent review report by Baroness McGregor-Smith  on Race in the [British] Workplace was published. The review provides insights into issues faced by British businesses and public sector organisations in developing Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) talent in the workplace.

  • He Tohu and Women's Suffrage Petition

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    You are warmly invited to attend a briefing on He Tohu, the exhibition of constitutional documents that shape our nation, including the Women’s Suffrage Petition. Philippa Doyle of the Department of Internal Affairs will be joined by National Council of Women of New Zealand Vice President, Vanisa Dhiru.

  • Come build an app

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    Multicultural New Zealand is seeking your assistance in finding youth leaders and people working with youth in the Mt Roskill region.

    The Multicultural New Zealand, New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Independent Police Conduct Authority and Hui E have partnered to hold a series of youth workshops with the support from Migrant action Trust, ACOFI and Mt Roskill Multicultural Councils.

  • ‘Walk in’ – Foundation North

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    Foundation North will be hosting 'walk in' sessions in Auckland.

    Over the next three months they will be taking to the streets of Glen Innes, Mt Roskill and Pukekohe in Auckland.

  • A focus on the smaller communities

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities has had a long-standing relationship with many ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. With over 200 distinct ethnicities and a population of half a million ethnic people (and growing) we are always seeking to engage with as many different communities as possible. In 2017 we initiated a pilot project to expand our engagement with ‘smaller’ ethnic communities (representing populations of under 10,000) to explore ways to build sustained and on-going engagement.