• The 4th Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

    Attendees at the Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

    The Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium was held on 21 November 2018. Over 100 people attended from various fields including academia, tourism and public service. The Office of Ethnic Communities was also represented. 

  • The Canterbury Muslim Community Trust - a force for good in Canterbury

    The Canterbury Muslim Community Trust (the Trust) incorporated as a Charitable Trust in order to progress the work begun by the Canterbury Building Bridges Muslim Advisory Group. The advisory group was the regional arm of the Office of Ethnic Communities long standing national Building Bridges Programme which completed two years ago.

  • Ministers meet with the Waikato Muslim Community

    Image LtoR Dr Anwar Ghani, Hon Christopher Finlayson, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

    The Government is keen to engage with Muslim communities and acknowledge their contribution to New Zealand over a long period of time. The Office of Ethnic Communities also wanted to address some of the issues facing this diverse community such as the media reporting about Muslims in New Zealand and concerns about safety, security and their human rights.

  • Eid Celebration at Parliament

    Ahmad, Berlinda Chin (Director, Office of Ethnic Communities), and Sara

    The Office of Ethnic Communities was thrilled to be a part of parliament’s celebrations last night acknowledging Eid ul-fitr (Eid) – the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawaal (the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar).

    The event was hosted by the Minister for Ethnic Communities the Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with the Prime Minister, members of New Zealand’s Muslim community, academics, religious leaders and members of the diplomatic corps.

  • Building Bridges - connecting Muslims in NZ to non-Muslims

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has worked with the New Zealand Muslim community on the Building Bridges Programme since 2005. The programme aims to create better connections, meaningful collaboration and open communication to support the maintenance of New Zealand’s social harmony. We also recognise that New Zealand Muslims not only contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy but provide New Zealand with a pathway to trade with the Muslim world.

  • 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.

  • Muslim World Forum

    Image of Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque

    23 November 2013


    The Muslim World Forum is open to all with an interest in the contemporary issues relating to New Zealand’s relationship with the Muslim world and the New Zealand Muslim community.