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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.

  • Nominations service

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

    The Office of Ethnic Communities maintains a database of suitably qualified people from within our mandated ethnic communities, who want to be considered for appointment to State sector boards, committees and advisory groups. (PDF 175 kb).

  • Ethnic communities and the suffrage movement

    Image of the suffrage petition of M Alloo's signature

    New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Did you know, members of New Zealand’s ethnic communities played a role in shaping this part of New Zealand’s history?

  • 250 years of encounters – a snapshot of first encounters between the people of Aotearoa and our ethnic communities

    Graphic showing ethnicities versus years from 1750 onwards

    James Cook arrived in New Zealand 250 years ago while on his first Pacific voyage. The year 1769 not only marks the first encounters between Māori and Europeans, but also the beginning of continuous and increasing encounters between the people of Aotearoa and people from across the globe.

  • Director's Update - January 2019

    Tēnā koutou katoa,

    I am thrilled to bring to you my first newsletter as the Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities (Te Tari Matawaka). To those who have already reached out to me by email or at events, thank you for the warm welcome and for being generous with your thoughts and knowledge.  I look forward to strengthening relationships and meeting many more communities in the coming weeks.

  • Multicultural Festival Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Performers at the Multicultural Festival held in Te Papa Museum Wellington

    The Multicultural Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year Gala Performance was held at Te Marae, Te Papa in Wellington on 26 January 2019.

    This multicultural event, co-hosted by the Multicultural Council of Wellington and the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, featured Chinese, Indian, African, Russian, Polynesian, Latin American and New Zealand song and dance acts. Showcasing the cultural diversity of the local talent in Wellington, the evening was an opportunity to enjoy cross-cultural performances with beautiful costumes from communities in the Wellington region.

  • Ministry of Youth Development fund opening

    Ministry of Youth Development logo

    The Ministry of Youth Development is set to open two new funding streams: Youth Development and Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

    The Youth Development funding stream supports the wellbeing of young people by funding holistic programmes and services that emphasise identity, belonging, connectedness and the strengths of young people. There is approximately $3 million available in this stream in 2019/2020. Applications will open on 28 January and close on 22 February 2019.

  • Suffrage 125 Fund celebrates women artists of diverse cultural backgrounds

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    The new Suffrage 125 Arts Fund, part of the Suffrage 125 commemorations, is led by the Ministry for Women in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Fund supports high quality arts projects that recognise the contribution to women’s rights, by women from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

  • Farewell to Tayyaba Khan

    Tayyaba Khan

    This week, we bid farewell to our colleague, Tayyaba Khan, who is moving on from the Office of Ethnic Communities to explore new adventures.

    In her time as Manager Community Engagement, Tayyaba has made a marked and appreciated contribution to the Office of Ethnic Communities. Many of you have had the pleasure to meet Tayyaba during her time here, and see her dedication to our ethnic communities.

  • Office of Ethnic Communities civic participation project

    Attendees at the Civic participation workshop

    On Friday 7 December 2018, the Office of Ethnic Communities concluded the face to face consultations for our civic participation project.

    The aim of this project is to reduce barriers and create opportunities for ethnic communities to engage in all aspects of New Zealand civic life.

    We spoke to more than 300 members of ethnic communities across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to understand their views and experiences of civic participation.