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  • Minister's Update - April 2015

    Over the next few months I will be holding a series of forums around the country to learn more about our ethnic communities. The forums kicked off this week in Taupō. Information about upcoming forums and how to register are noted below.

  • A bitter-sweet moment - Mervin Singham

    After eight years at the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Director Mervin Singham is moving to a new position as a Deputy Chief Executive within the Department of Internal Affairs. This is his personal farewell to the many people who he has worked and connected with and who have helped to make the Office the success it is.

  • Why we celebrate cultural events

    With the recent celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid al Fitr, the Office of Ethnic Affairs' Director, Mervin Singham looks at the significance of acknowledging New Zealand's cultural diversity by celebrating important cultural events.

  • Media portrayal of ethnic people - how to react?

    The Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham says the publishing of a cartoon that depicted ethnic people in a negative and stereo-typical manner has prompted new questions about the media's portrayal of ethnic people in New Zealand.

    What should the reaction be?
     

  • Ethnic diversity - a double edged sword

    Auckland is the most ethnically diverse city in the southern hemisphere. The Office of Ethnic Affairs' Director, Mervin Singham says it's here that the debate about the value of ethnic diversity is at its sharpest.

  • Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs March 2013

    New Zealand on the world stage

    The Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham has recently returned from attending two United Nations' forums in Europe: the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the Alliance of Civilisations Global Forum.

    He says participation on a world stage shows the strength and maturity of New Zealand's diverse communities.

    Previous updates

  • Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs, January 2013

    Wider questions raised by the rape of an Indian woman

    What does the rape and murder of a young Indian woman in Delhi say about the perceptions and attitudes society has about women? 

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs' Director, Mervin Singham invites us to explore our own values and response to these attitudes.

  • Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    Unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity

    Every month, the Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham offers his views and insights on ethnic diversity issues.

    In this update he asks how the potential of New Zealand's ethnic diversity can be unlocked.