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  • Ethnicity data

    People from more than 200 different ethnicities live in New Zealand.

    Download this statistical snapshot (pdf) of New Zealand’s diversity.

    Whereabouts do people from ethnic communities live? What languages are spoken? What is the unemployment rate among ethnic communities? What health problems are an issue?

    Find out in our collection of data about ethnic people living in New Zealand.

    While Statistics New Zealand and other agencies collect a vast array of facts and figures, this is the first time that those applicable to ethnic people have been brought together in one place.

  • Mitchell Pham receives Kea World Class New Zealand Award

    The Office of Ethnic Communities would like to congratulate Mitchell Pham on being the first ethnic migrant/refugee to receive the Kea World Class New Zealand Award for his contribution to the New Zealand technology sector and NZ-Asia relations.

  • Director's Update - June 2018

    Kia Ora! Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. While winter has well and truly settled in, the Office of Ethnic Communities remains as busy as ever.

    On 19 June, we joined members of our Muslim communities to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Parliament. I wish to extend my best wishes to all Muslims in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Minister's Update - June 2018

    Eid Mubarak.

    Ramadan came to an end on the evening of 14 June, signalling the start of Eid ul-Fitr. This time of year is particularly special for our Muslim communities, and it’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the Muslim New Zealanders who have made Aotearoa their home.

    The Eid ul-Fitr celebration I hosted in Parliament was a wonderful occasion, and a formal opportunity for such acknowledgement. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this joyous time with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

  • Do you have strong governance experience?

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is looking for ethnic people with strong governance experience to join our Nominations Service database.

    Government has a commitment that State sector boards are representative of the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including gender, ethnicity, age, and geographic location.

    The Office of Ethnic Communities’ Nominations Service facilitates the nomination of ethnic people for boards in order to meet the Government’s goal of greater ethnic diversity in board appointments.

  • Fund dates for 2018 are set

    The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2019. There are three funding priorities: leadership development, social cohesion, and cultural events.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: Archna Tandon

    Image of Archna Tandon

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which gave all women in Aotearoa the right to vote.

    Archna Tandon migrated to New Zealand in 1990, from Delhi, India. Her experiences as a migrant inspired her to establish the Canterbury Indian Women’s Group, and encouraged her involvement in Shakti, an ethnic women’s support group. Shakti supports women to overcome barriers associated with migration, as well as to end all forms of violence and discrimination against migrant women.

  • Health scholarships awarded in Christchurch

    Image of the Health scholarship winners

    On 31 May, Pegasus Health and Workforce Development awarded scholarships to 23 students from diverse backgrounds to study nursing, medicine, or applied health. Two recipients of a scholarship were Seungjun Lee (known as Steve) and Phillipa Muza.

    Steve has just finished a nine week work placement in Christchurch Hospital as part of his Bachelor of Nursing. Steve’s placements in different areas of the health sector have always involved helping people with disabilities.

  • Minister's update - May 2018

    Kia ora, mālō e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, annyeonghaseyo, and very warm greetings to you all.

  • Director's Update - May 2018

    Image of Austin aka Cathrine Austin - Interim Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The Office of Ethnic Communities had a busy month organising the 2018 Safer Communities Ministerial Forum, which took place on May 26 in Auckland. The Forum brought together Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries from the Ethnic Communities, Justice, and Police portfolios. Together with ethnic community leaders we collaborated on sustainable, long-term interventions aimed at improving safety in our communities.