• Recognition for Hamilton Settlement Services

    John Bercow with Waikato Migrant Resource Centre Staff

    Hamilton settlement services are getting International recognition again. The United Kingdom Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow, took time in a brief visit to New Zealand to head to Hamilton. He was interested in the settlement journey of the Somalis and the recent arrival of Afghani interpreters.

  • Working together for the migrant and refugee community

    Ethnic Sector agencies meeting to discuss opportunities to work better together for the migrant and refugee community

    Exploring innovative ways of working together has been the focus of two recent interagency meetings in Christchurch.

  • 2013 New Zealand Diversity Forum


    Register now for the 2013 New Zealand Diversity Forum

    The forum, themed “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand," is a unique national convention at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.  The emphasis is on practical action. with a diverse range of organisations hosting their own forums and events that together make up the programme. These range from professional meetings to forums on topical issues and projects.

  • New publication to improve response during an emergency

    A new publication for  the civil defence emergency management (CDEM) sector will help improve community readiness and response during an emergency event.  Published by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, the document has been developed to address an identified gap in the response to the Canterbury earthquakes.

  • Greater diversity on boards

    Appoint logo

    “Diverse boards are better boards” says Appoint founder Simon Telfer.

  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme Applications close on 31 July

    Community Organisation Grants Scheme Logo

    The final day for submitting  a Community Organisation Grants Scheme application this year is 31 July 2013. Non-profit community groups are invited to apply to the scheme for projects and community-based social services. Visit for full details about funding criteria and how to apply online.

    You can also call the contact centre, freephone 0800 824 824 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

  • World Refugee Day celebrations in Christchurch

    Audience at the World Refugee Day celebrations in Christchurch

    Despite chilly weather conditions, there was a huge turnout for the World Refugee Day celebrations in Christchurch on 9 July. The celebrations had been deferred from 20 June in view of the snowstorms. Hagley Community College, supported by Pegasus Health and the Canterbury Refugee Council, hosted the event to celebrate the contribution refugees make to the community.

  • Enrol now for 2013 local elections

    Your Vote your Community - 2013 Logo

    The Electoral Commission wants everyone who’s eligible enrolled to vote in this year’s local elections. Local elections give people the chance to have their say on who runs their local council and district health board, and who makes decisions on things like the local environment, rates, parking, rubbish, parks and health services.

  • Let's talk marriage

    New Registrar General - Jeff Montgomery

    The new Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages wants to make sure that the services that are on offer to people living in New Zealand are accessible and easily understood by ethnic communities. Jeff Montgomery has recently taken on the role at the Department of Internal Affairs . And he would like to see more marriage celebrants from the ethnic communities.

    "I am particularly interested in meeting with ethnic community leaders to discuss marriage," says Mr Montgomery.

  • Bangladesh community supports leprosy eradication work in Chittagong

    Mr Ataur Rahman visited the Leprosy Mission project in Bangladesh is seen talking to a beneficiary of the project in Chittagong

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs successfully connected the international leprosy agency,  The Leprosy Mission, with the small Bangladesh community in Auckland.