• A focus on the smaller communities

    Image of African woman in front of a table of food.

    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

    Image of the African Film Festival organisers

    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

    Women engaged in creative discussions at the workshop

    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

    Image of Race Relations Day in Porirua

    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

    Image of Cashmere, Christchurch

    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

    Image of New Zealand-China Exchange Incorporated

    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.

  • Canterbury Japan Day 2017

    Japanese women preforming tea ceremony

    On 3 March, Japan Day was held in Christchurch as an annual event in the Canterbury region. The event attracted over 13,000 people who enjoyed the unique culture and heritage of Japan and the richness that the Japanese community bring to New Zealand. A special Japanese Cultural Tour was introduced to audiences this year. The tour featured several traditional practices of Japan such as the Tea Ceremony allowing audiences to experience the art involved in such ceremonies.

  • New Zealand Chinese and Maori Arts Exhibition

    Preformance by Maori Women's Welfare League

    In conjunction with the Maori Women's Welfare League and Te Mahurehure Culture Marae Society, the New Zealand Women's Association hosted the New Zealand Chinese and Maori Arts Exhibition on 19 March in Auckland.  The performance began with kapa haka who welcomed a range of different artists and members from local communities, government officials and MPs who joined the opening ceremony. This creative arts exhibition displays artists' imaginations with colours, materials and various styles including paintings, photography and handicrafts products.

  • Graduate of the Christchurch Ethnic Women's leaders programme heads offshore

    Linda Cousins

    Originally from South Africa, both Linda Cousins and her husband Brian have departed Christchurch after several years of voluntary service in the city. Linda has persuaded Brian to follow her dream of working with refugees (particularly women) in Turkey.