• He Tohu and Women's Suffrage Petition

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    You are warmly invited to attend a briefing on He Tohu, the exhibition of constitutional documents that shape our nation, including the Women’s Suffrage Petition. Philippa Doyle of the Department of Internal Affairs will be joined by National Council of Women of New Zealand Vice President, Vanisa Dhiru.

  • Come build an app

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    Multicultural New Zealand is seeking your assistance in finding youth leaders and people working with youth in the Mt Roskill region.

    The Multicultural New Zealand, New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Independent Police Conduct Authority and Hui E have partnered to hold a series of youth workshops with the support from Migrant action Trust, ACOFI and Mt Roskill Multicultural Councils.

  • ‘Walk in’ – Foundation North

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    Foundation North will be hosting 'walk in' sessions in Auckland.

    Over the next three months they will be taking to the streets of Glen Innes, Mt Roskill and Pukekohe in Auckland.

  • A focus on the smaller communities

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities has had a long-standing relationship with many ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. With over 200 distinct ethnicities and a population of half a million ethnic people (and growing) we are always seeking to engage with as many different communities as possible. In 2017 we initiated a pilot project to expand our engagement with ‘smaller’ ethnic communities (representing populations of under 10,000) to explore ways to build sustained and on-going engagement.

  • African Film Festival

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have partially sponsored the 2017 African Film Festival through our Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

  • New Organisation Paving Way for Women Empowerment

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    A new women entrepreneur centre dedicated to developing ethnic women as successful business leaders is becoming a beacon of hope for many in Auckland.

  • Celebrating Race Relations Day and flourishing ethnic diversity in Porirua

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    On Thursday 23 March a Race Relations event was hosted at Pataka – Porirua’s art gallery, museum and library precinct – to celebrate the newly established relationship between Multicultural Council Wellington and Porirua City Council.

  • The Hidden Multicultural History of Christchurch

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    Discussion with respected academic, Dorothy McMenamin has led to an interesting historical gem about one of Christchurch’s most upmarket suburbs, Cashmere. Cashmere was named after Kashmir in India and is closely linked to Christchurch’s Indian community.  13 Indians and 4 Anglo Indians (plus an Arabian stallion) travelled with John Croft a former judge in British India, to Christchurch in 1854.  The Judge built the Old Stone House in Cashmere in 1870. The remains of the house were demolished post-quake but repairs are due for completion later this year and will be marked by a remembrance plaque and documentary if funds can be found.

  • 8th Regional Refugee Forum Christchurch

    OEC Senior Advisor, Deborah Lam attended the 8th annual regional refugee forum in Christchurch hosted by the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre.

  • Chinese organization aspiring to growing business connections between China and South Island

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    A newly established Chinese not-for-profit organization, the New Zealand-China Exchange Incorporated is expected to develop business opportunity between China and New Zealand. On 26th February, the organization brought together over 120 guests from the across the Canterbury region including Mayors from Westport and Westland. The event was to celebrate and share the aspirations New Zealand-China Exchange Incorporated have of building real connections between China and South Island, New Zealand.