Acting Director's Update - July 2017

Tēnā koutouImage of attendees at EPIC NZ conference 2017

This year, the Office of Ethnic Communities ran our 6th Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) conference in Auckland. Over 300 attendees had an opportunity to connect with 13 government agencies and network with speakers and other attendees. A range of diverse speakers, from established businesses to start-ups, discussed their experiences in embracing technology, innovation and diversity. There were a lot of stimulating conversations on and off the stage, and I would like to thank everybody who attended and provided feedback. The Office will now consider all the feedback received, and take a partnership approach to establish the way forward for EPIC.

You may be familiar with the launch of He Tohu, a new long term exhibition at the National Library in Wellington. He Tohu makes accessible to the public three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores contemporary issues related to how we live together, organise our society, and navigate social forces, including questions of gender equality and cultural interaction. In August the Office will be hosting a meet and greet for stakeholders with our Director, Wen Powles and the senior leadership team in Wellington. This will be hosted at the National Library and a tour of He Tohu will be provided to our guests as part of the event.

Finally, it is our intention to meet our key stakeholders in Hamilton and Christchurch in the coming months. In the meantime, if you are in Wellington we encourage you to visit He Tohu.

Ngā mihi

Di Solomon
Acting Director