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  • Migrant happiness survey

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    A market research company, Cultural Connections, carried out a survey to measure the shift in migrants’ level of happiness. The survey sampled 600 migrants by asking them to respond to "How happy were you when you first arrived in New Zealand?" and "How happy are you now?” on a 10 point scale.

  • Celebrations of cultural diversity in Rotorua

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    The Rotorua Multicultural Council receives Ethnic Communities Development Funding from the Office of Ethnic Communities. By making use of the contribution of volunteers and through the generosity of those who provide refreshments at low cost and venues for free, small amounts of money can go a long way when organising events to celebrate the cultural diversity of Rotorua.

  • Sharing information to combat global tax evasion

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    The Government has signed up to the global automatic exchange of information (AEOI) initiative led by the OECD. We’re one of 100 countries that will automatically share some financial account information about foreign tax residents. All countries will use the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) to identify and report on financial accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents.

  • In My Own Words: Ahi Karunaharan

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    Kia ora! My name is Ahi and I was born in the UK and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am the child of Sri Lankan migrants and have spent close to fifteen years working as a professional in the arts industry as an actor, writer, director, producer and composer. Like many other sectors, the landscape of New Zealand’s arts and culture industry is rapidly changing but right now we need to step up and start stepping ahead. 

  • 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

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    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.