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  • Diversity on the paddock – a significant milestone for the New Zealand All Blacks Sevens team

    Wellington lit up this weekend with the colour and excitement of the Sevens tournament.  It was great to see people from all walks of life dressing up to celebrate a festival of sport and to support teams from all round the world.

    It was also great to see the first person of Fijian-Indian descent represent New Zealand in  the Sevens.

  • “Korean Wave” motivates Kiwis to learn Korean


    Psy’s mega-hit Gangnam Style has brought about a “Korean wave,” a term coined by a journalist to refer to the recent increase in the popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture.

    As the song gained global popularity, an increasing number of people with no knowledge of the Korean language started singing along to “Oppan Gangnam Style” which translates roughly to “Big Brother in Gangnam Style”.

  • 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.