Director's Update - April 2018

Tena koutou katoa

April was another busy month at the Office of Ethnic Communities with Easter break now seeming a distant memory.  I’d like to take the opportunity once again to thank the dedicated staff of the Office, and all the passionate and committed representatives of diverse ethnic communities that engage with us, to make this work possible. 

A real highlight this month was the Wellington region Race Unity Speech Awards, which were held on 11 April.  Six courageous and skillful high school students presented on the chosen theme for the day; 'Give Nothing to Racism'. They were inspiring and it is encouraging to hear different perspectives on race and racism shared in this way.  The winner of the regional event will have the opportunity to compete at the National finals at the Race Unity Conference in May. Good luck to everyone involved!

This coming month, I’m looking forward to the Africa Day celebrations being held in Auckland and Wellington.  These vibrant celebrations allow us all to enjoy the sounds, songs, dance and food, and of course meet and mingle with the people of the diverse African communities that have made New Zealand their home.   If you are in Wellington on the 12 May, head to Queens Wharf and join in the Africa Day festivities and if you happen to be in Auckland on 26 May you might like to take in the Ubuntu Festival.

Finally, on a more sombre note, I hope you had the opportunity yesterday, if only for a moment, to reflect on the service and sacrifice made by others for New Zealand and the benefits we all enjoy as a result of their efforts.

Kia kaha

Cathrine Austin