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  • 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.

  • EPIC NZ Conferences 2013 - Connecting businesses

    EPIC NZ 2013 is the leading networking event for New Zealand businesses to connect with ethnic businesses to harness potential trade opportunities.

    Two conferences, in Auckland and Wellington, will highlight the importance of networks, provide tools to grow your business, and showcase local success stories.

    Auckland: 24 May 2013, 1pm - 5pm at The Langham Hotel. 

    Wellington: 13 June 2013, 1pm - 4pm at Te Papa.

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  • EthnicA Auckland Conference 2013

    Photograph of Mai Chen

    Over 250 participants at the EthnicA Conference in Auckland on 20 April had an opportunity to share the experiences of leaders in ethnic communities and participate in lively discussion on ethnic diversity issues. Click the following link to see highlights of the day.

    In his welcome speech, Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham reinforced the need for leaders in ethnic communities to play a more active role in shaping the New Zealand of tomorrow. He encouraged leaders within ethnic communities to shift their gaze to big picture societal issues and to motivate others to actively participate in public affairs.

  • The challenges of health promotion within African communities

    Photograph of Kudakwashe Tuwe

    Research conducted by Kudakwashe Tuwe reveals significant health promotion challenges among African communities in New Zealand.

    The study entitled, “The challenges of health promotion within African communities in New Zealand” reported key health promotion issues such as:

  • Knowledge Workshop for migrant Small and Medium Enterprises

    First slide from the presentation

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs held a Knowledge Workshop for migrant Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Auckland on Tuesday 19 March in collaboration with Auckland Council, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), and Westpac.

  • International Women's Day Christchurch - 8th March 2013

    Photograph of attendee to the International Women's day celebration

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs was proud to support the Canterbury Women’s Business Association project to host the International Women’s day celebrations on 8 March in Christchurch. The Canterbury Women’s Business Association project started last year and aims to encourage small business and entrepreneurship amongst its women participants through the development of skills in arts and culture.

  • Office of Ethnic Affairs hold 2nd Korean Non Government Organisation forum

    Sooyoung Lee from Korean Women's Network, Lisa Lee Master of Ceremonies and Parliamentary Private Secretary Melissa Lee

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs held the 2nd Korean Non Government Organisation Forum in Auckland on Saturday 9 March in collaboration with the Community Operations team of Department of Internal Affairs and with generous support from AUT University.

    The forum was held to build the governance and management capacity of Korean organisations and community groups.