News

  • Contributions from Diversity

    Image of Matesha Ababa

    This piece is a guest contribution from Matesha Ababa, President, West Indian and Caribbean Society

    The growth of diversity in New Zealand is a fairly obvious phenomenon of the last few decades. New Zealand has more ethnicities than the world has countries. The vibrancy that brings is also clear, and most New Zealanders will take advantage of the cuisine and the cultural opportunities arising. My own community, through our West Indies and Caribbean Society, has held a number of successful dining events recently, and when we last welcomed the touring West Indies cricket team there was music and rum aplenty.

  • Diversity is a real strength for New Zealand

    World map made up of people standing on a white space.

    The media has recently reported on comments by an Imam in Auckland.  These comments have drawn expressions of concern from the Human Rights Commissioner and the Minister for Ethnic Communities.  You can see their statements here:

  • Interpreter?

    Language Line

    Do you know someone that needs an interpreter?

    Language Line can provide interpreters over the phone in 44 Languages.

    To get an interpreter, any member of the public can call or visit an organisation that has access to this service, just state the language needed.

    Language Line is available from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.

  • New Zealand - A kaleidoscope of culture needs nurturing

    Image of Dr Anwar Ghani (left) with the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (Right)

    30 years ago most of us would never have imagined the culturally diverse nation that New Zealand has become. The city of sails Auckland is culturally more diverse than London, Sydney and New York. By 2025, 1 in 5 New Zealanders will come from an ethnic minority so planning for our current situation as well as the years to come is crucial.

  • Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence

    Left to right - Fatumata Bah, Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive Department of Internal Affairs, Guled Mire OEC

    Fatumata Bah’s ability to demonstrate a capacity to influence and to act as a catalyst for change has resulted in her being selected as a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards. In its fourth year, the Women of Influence Programme identifies, recognises and celebrates the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Science and Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.

  • Linwood Christchurch moves forward

    Image of the attendees at the stakeholder meeting

    Along with approximately 25 other agencies the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the agency stakeholder meeting to discuss the findings of the Linwood Development Aspirations Project. Agencies were invited to identify gaps in the projects understanding and analysis of the Linwood Heathcote area from the perspective of their agencies specific knowledge and to identify synergies which might impact on local government and community aspirations (social, economic, environmental and governance outcomes) for the area.

  • 10th Anniversary Celebrating Achievements for Positive Aging

    Image of performers at the celebration

    On 8 October, the Chinese Positive Aging Charitable Trust (CPA) organised the 10th anniversary celebration in Auckland. Approximately 200 people, including senior citizens, representing the Chinese community, government agencies and non-governmental organisations participated in the whole day activities.

  • Best things in life are Free! So is Christchurch Holi Festival 2017

    Image of people at the Holi festival throwing colour. Words best things in life are free! So is Christchurch Holi Festival 2017

    Holi Festival 2017 will be bigger than ever and we’d love for you to part of it. Next year for the first time this popular Christchurch community event will have no entry fee to make it even more accessible. We’re expecting some 5,000 people. Holi is all about attracting life, colour and fun to our central city. Everyone is invited to come along, throw powder colours and dance, while enjoying DJs, traditional Indian games, cultural performances and festive Holi delicacies.

  • Mujeres in Aotearoa Incorporated Latin Festival Wellington

    Image of performers at last year's festival

    The Mujeres in Aotearoa Incorporated (MIA) – Latin American Women’s Group are having a festival from 11am – 4pm Saturday 29 October at Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki Street, Mt Cook, Wellington. Koha Entry – Cash only (no EFTPOS).

  • Empowering change 5 day programme – Christchurch

    Image of a shadowed person in front of an orange sunset

    People are shaped by the life that they have experienced and for many, this has not always been a completely positive experience. Kiwi Family Trust help people to remove negative aspects of their conditioning by giving them useful tools and easy-to-learn techniques. This allows their own unique positivity to emerge.