• Language Guidelines

    The Heritage and Community Language Celebration Guidelines (the guidelines) are a resource the Office of Ethnic Communities developed to support communities to celebrate and maintain their heritage languages.  The guidelines use plain language and give practical advice through the process of organising a language celebration.

  • Language Celebration Guidelines - Foreword

    New Zealand is home to more than 160 languages, a reflection of our diversity. One of my priorities as Minister for Ethnic Communities is to support different languages, cultures and identities in New Zealand.

  • Where do we start?

    Starting to plan language celebrations is exciting. Remember that the purpose of a language celebration is to publicly recognise your language, culture and community. A useful place to start the process is determining your community’s goals.

  • Launch of the Community and Heritage Language Celebration Guidelines

    Image of children riding bikes with Language is my identity, my uniqueness and is life on the bottom, also in Maori

    This month we launched the Community and Heritage Language Celebration Guidelines.  This is a resource for you and your community to explain the process of planning a language celebration.

    New Zealand is home to more than 160 languages and this incredible cultural and linguistic diversity makes New Zealand a better place to live.  We developed the guidelines to recognise the importance of communities celebrating, maintaining and sharing their language and culture.