• Leadership and Diversity Thinking

    Photograph of people sitting at a table - "Diversity of thought is seen as an essential tool for innovation."

    Progressing diversity thinking - from Human Resources to Leadership

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs is pleased to be part of a new working group drawing together New Zealand’s corporate leaders. Diverse NZ Inc. is a collaboration of some of this country’s biggest and brightest business minds, and the platform has been formed to galvanise businesses to harness the economic benefit, business gain and GDP uplift that results from diverse leadership and diversity of thought.

  • Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence

    Left to right - Fatumata Bah, Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive Department of Internal Affairs, Guled Mire OEC

    Fatumata Bah’s ability to demonstrate a capacity to influence and to act as a catalyst for change has resulted in her being selected as a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards. In its fourth year, the Women of Influence Programme identifies, recognises and celebrates the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Science and Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.

  • Bollywood Dreams for Christchurch Dance Group

    Image of the audience prior to the production starting

    One of the Office of Ethnic Communities very own youth leaders Shawn Thomas, 22, was the force behind ‘Meri Padosan (PK)’. Based on the 1968 Indian Bollywood Classic film, it featured 45 local performers and 45 Bollywood dance medleys.

  • Career lessons from the front line

    from left to right: Sina Wendt-Moore, Jody Jackson-Becerra and Gabriela Ugalde

    The Professionelle’s latest career development event for women, Begin with Success, was held at AUT on 11 April.  Founded in 2007, Professionelle is a well-established organisation that focuses on supporting women in business, offering pragmatic advice and connecting professional women at all stages of their careers.  Supported by AUT Business School this event attracted over 200 women from various business backgrounds, education sectors and leadership development associations.

  • Mana Tangata – Ethnic community leadership programme

    Image of two men and a woman talking

    This month (19-20 March 2016) the Office of Ethnic Communities ran the Mana Tangata Community Leadership Programme at Massey University’s Albany campus. This is a pilot programme aimed to support diverse ethnic representation and visibility across the public sector.

  • New Zealand young leader selected for 33Sixty programme

    Image of Fatumata Bah

    Fatumata Bah has been selected to attend 33Sixty in Scotland in April this year where she joins 99 other young leaders from around the Commonwealth selected from a pool of over 6,500 applicants globally.

    As part of the programme, Fatumata will be looking at collaboration between the public and private sectors and not-for-profit organisations, coming up with realistic implementation ideas and meeting with senior Commonwealth leaders.

  • Director's Update February 2015

    Gong Xi Fa Cai, Kong Hei Fatt Choy

    Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Spring Festival to all.

    Here’s hoping you have all had the opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities this annual celebration has to offer. Chinese New Year is an occasion for most Chinese families to gather for annual reunion dinners. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house during this auspicious season, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and make change for more opportunities and good luck.

    Change is also in the air for us at Ethnic Affairs. As of Monday, the Office of Ethnic Affairs is now known as the Office of Ethnic Communities. This change aligns with the renaming of the ministerial portfolio from Ethnic Affairs to Ethnic Communities after the last election.    

  • 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.

  • Winning projects from the Young Leaders Programme 2014

    Image of Youth Leaders watching a video from Berlinda Chin

    As part of the project management module of the Office of Ethnic Affairs Young Leaders Programme 2014, participants developed and delivered a suite of social justice themed projects. Led by expert trainer Ron Eckman, participants were taken through the principles of project management and then worked together in small groups to apply what they had learned over 12 weeks to implement these projects.

  • 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.