Director's Update - May 2018

The Office of Ethnic Communities had a busy month organising the 2018 Safer Communities Ministerial Forum, which took place on May 26 in Auckland. The Forum brought together Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries from the Ethnic Communities, Justice, and Police portfolios. Together with ethnic community leaders we collaborated on sustainable, long-term interventions aimed at improving safety in our communities.

The National Race Unity Speech Awards took place on 12 May in Auckland as part of the Race Unity Conference. Congratulations to the winner of this year’s award, Hena Dugh of Hastings Girls’ High, and to all competitors.  It is incredible to see so many young New Zealanders engaging with important social topics.

The Office of Ethnic Communities held a workshop at the Race Unity Conference on civic participation in the digital world. The session brought youth together to discuss the civil rights movement, and the role of social media in providing people a voice.

Enhancing migrant civic participation as a tool to help integration into New Zealand is one of the Minister of Ethnic Communities’ priorities. Response from the workshop has been informative, and will feed into the Office of Ethnic Communities’ work programme.

At this time, I would like to recognise those who are observing Ramadan for their strength in their belief.

Assalamu Alaykum

Kia kaha

Cathrine Austin