Berlinda's Update - February 2016

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Kung Hei Fat Choy

Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival to all.

Every year in most parts of New Zealand, we now have the opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities that this annual celebration has to offer. These celebrations are growing larger and more inclusive as all New Zealanders share an appreciation for the traditions and customs of this auspicious season. February also brings us the International Mother Languages Day and there are several activities being held to commemorate this event.

While we celebrate, I am also mindful that February 2016 greets us with a reminder of how Mother Nature can affect change swiftly. My heart goes out to all Cantabrians as well as our neighbours in Fiji in remembrance of how fragile our beautiful country is and indeed, but we remain strong, hopeful and gracious. New Zealanders are known for their humanitarian efforts and I know we all will share support where we can.

The Office of Ethnic Communities continues to facilitate recognition for ethnic communities as positive contributors to the strength and prosperity of New Zealand. There are many ways you can actively participate with us. Look out for our Minister’s imminent launch of the Community and Heritage Languages, attend the Fulbright Forum to be held in Auckland , apply for the Settling In grant. For more information on this, please check out our website.

With so much happening in March we have decided to reschedule the release of the Faces of Our Future report to a later date. We will keep you updated on our website.

Be safe everyone and I hope you’ll enjoy the warmth of summer for as long as it may last.