• Are you interested in helping to make decisions in the public sector?

    Photograph of ethnic business woman

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has a database of ethnic New Zealanders who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups, including those of Crown companies.

    The positions are an excellent opportunity to contribute to the prosperity and strength of New Zealand’s economy and communities.  Ethnic people can register their interest and availability to take up board appointments.

    To be considered for these roles you need to display one or more of the following characteristics:

  • New guide for visitors to China launched

    Photograph of the China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China booklet

    A new booklet, China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China, was launched at a ceremony organised by the University of Auckland’s Confucius Institute during Chinese State Councillor Liu Yandong’s recent visit to New Zealand.

    State Councillor Liu’s visit took place ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China on 22 December. Her visit highlighted the strong links New Zealand and China have in science, technology and education, and the intention to boost co-operation between our two countries in these areas.

  • Budding social entrepreneurs meet for Wellington workshops

    A group of 12 budding social entrepreneurs have met in the Capital as part of the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ workshop in Wellington on the topic.

    The social enterprise model is seen as an alternative funding source for organisations which have traditionally received grants from the Government.

    It involves organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

    At the first workshop in Wellington on 8 December the 12 participants heard from four speakers.

  • Supporting ethnic entrepreneurs

    Photograph of Christchurch Social Enterprise workshop attendees

    The first Office of Ethnic Affairs’ led intensive training programme on social enterprise for ethnic entrepreneurs was held in Christchurch on Saturday 1 December.

    Social enterprises are organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

  • Young Leaders tackle the complexities of culture

    Photograph of Berlinda Chin

    Figuring out how culture affects real life experiences was the challenge put to members of our Young Leaders Auckland Pilot Programme at their most recent training session.

    Role play and discussion were used to improve understanding about the complexities of culture, effective communication and the importance of cultural self awareness.

    The importance of understanding unconscious bias which influences our attitudes and behaviour was also a focus.

  • An exciting multicultural community hub

    Photograph of Dr Parrill with a vietnamese student in front of the books available at the Palmerston North City Library

    The multicultural section of the Palmerston North City Library has become an exciting community hub thanks to its librarian’s hard work.

  • Kapiti Coast District Council and Dunedin's Prison join Language Line

    Language line has added two new agencies to the 90 or so already participating in the telephone interpreting service, which is run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

  • Wellington stakeholders meet for their quarterly meeting

    Attendees at the Wellington stakeholder meeting

    The last quarterly meeting of the year for Wellington stakeholders was held on Wednesday 14 November.

  • Family violence activities

    White Ribbon - Stop Family Violence logo

    White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is an international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.

  • Chilean Artist inspired by Wellington coastline

    Photograph of Playa Designs White lady sculpture

    Emerging Chilean Artist, Ronal Villalobos will host his first exhibition, Playa Designs, in Wellington from 19 -25 November 2012.

    Ronal is the founder of Playa Designs, and the creator and designer of a range of unique driftwood sculptures, mosaics, drawings and artwork. Ronal draws his inspiration from the coast, the beach, his native Chile and his new home, Wellington. In Spanish, “playa” means beach.