• The Micies Award of the Access Community Radio

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    On 6 December, the Micies Award was hosted by the Access Community Radio in Auckland. This is a gathering for members and broadcasters with the annual Planet broadcasting awards for their contributions in producing and hosting their community programmes. This annual award has been hosted alternatively by different ethnic groups. This year the Romanian community provided their traditional food and folk dancing performance.

  • Younger generation flag for diversity as community board members

    Image of Catherine Chu and Linda Chen either side of Candy Wu Zhang from the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Two Korean young women were successfully elected to community boards from Christchurch local election 2016. Catherine Chu gained 2,074 votes; elected for Riccarton Ward of the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board, as well as her sister Linda Chen received 3,391 votes for Harewood Ward of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board. The siblings were thrilled with the final result and sincerely appreciated the unique experience, the support and encouragement from voters while they actively campaigned for the election by door knocking. “We kind of prepared and expected that we might experience discrimination during the campaign. But people’s passion, attitude and their embrace on diversity really inspired us” said Linda and Catherine.

  • Assess your readiness for governance roles

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities facilitates the appointment of people from ethnic communities to state sector boards and committees.

    Becoming a board member requires certain level of experience and skills. The Ministry for Women has developed a comprehensive non gender specific tool called My board strengths to help assess your readiness for governance roles.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund

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    This year, the Office of Ethnic Communities has introduced a new fund for ethnic communities. The Ethnic Communities Development Fund (ECDF) replaces Settling In, and is designed to contribute to improving New Zealand’s social cohesion and support the development of established and emerging ethnic communities. There is a total of $520,000 funding available.

  • Contributions from Diversity

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    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

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    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:

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  • 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

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    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.