• Ship for World Youth, Next Generation Global Leaders Programme 2016

    Image of Naomi Simon-Kumar

    Naomi Simon-Kumar, a recent grad from our Youth Leaders programme, is heading off to Japan as part of the Ship for World Youth programme.

    “A friend encouraged me to apply. Having previously travelled on exchange to Japan as an exchange student, I was especially interested in participating in an international programme based in Asia that would allow me to make use of my own cross-cultural skills.”

  • Young Leaders programme graduation 2014

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs Young Leaders programme for 2014 has ended on a high note with three graduation events held in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. The Auckland event served as a combined graduation for Auckland and Hamilton based participants.

  • Trailblazers going global

    Image From left to right: Vivien Verheijen, Berlinda Chin and Huong Nguyen

    As a government agency, the Office of Ethnic Affairs is committed to promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity in New Zealand and supporting the valuable role that women play in society. Over the past few years we have worked towards building capacity for ethnic women leaders around New Zealand. And we have now published an article on ethnic women entrepreneurs in an international forum – the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

  • Christchurch youth leader receives an honourable mention award

    Image of Shawn Kurian Thomas with his video camera

    Shawn Kurian Thomas, 20 year old young leader who participated in the Christchurch Youth Leadership programme, recently received an honourable mention award from The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The two organisations invited youth from all over the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of PLURAL+, a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity, and social inclusion, as well as to share their creative vision with the world. Since 2009 over 400 entries from 63 countries have been submitted. Winning videos have been screened in dozens of festivals, and broadcast on television networks around the world.

  • The must have skill sets for tomorrow's leaders

    Image of Berlinda Chin, presenting to the CPIT Students

    “Global perspectives and intercultural competency are the ‘must have’ skill sets for tomorrow’s leaders like you”, Berlinda Chin, Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, told students from the Broadcasting School at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).

  • Helping Build New Zealand’s Future Ethnic Leaders

    Image of Daniel (right) with Scott Miller of Charities Services

    Daniel Gamboa Salazar, a 20-year old former refugee from Columbia, is one of 56 participants nationwide in the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Young Leaders Programme 2014. Daniel arrived here in June 2012 and has since been immersing himself in New Zealand culture and getting involved in numerous community activities.

  • Young leader on the world stage

    Image of Arish Naresh

    A young and aspiring Kiwi of Fijian Indian origin recently attended a workshop held by the World Network of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs. The International Workshop on Youth Innovative Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development was held in Helsinki, Finland in November. It aims to facilitate the exchange of leadership and entrepreneurship best practice and nurture leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

  • Leading the Way

    The Office of Ethnic Commmunities is committed to building the capacity and capability of ethnic people to provide leadership for their communities.

  • Ethnic Leaders Forum - Programme - 1st June 2013

    Saturday 1st June 2013

    Peppers Clearwater Golf Club Resort
    Clearwater Avenue
    Christchurch 8051