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  • Sport Waitakere works to increase diversity in sports clubs

    Image of people playing volleyball at a tournament.

    Sport Waitakere Trust’s Diverse Westies project aims to support West Auckland sports clubs to create welcoming environments for all participants. It is one of the initiatives receiving funding from our Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

  • Grant applications open for Community Connects Fund

    Office for Seniors Te Tari Kaumatua Administered by the Ministry of Social Development Logo

    The Office for Senior’s Community Connects Fund is now accepting grant applications. 

  • Happy International Mother Language Day 2019

    Hello in many languages at different angles

    Thursday 21 February 2019 marks International Mother Language Day, an opportunity to promote and celebrate our linguistic and cultural diversity. This year is also the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

  • Spotlight on: Monina Hernandez

    Image of Monica Hernandez

    We recently spoke with Monina Hernandez, a leader in the health sector, to find out more about who she is, her career, and her goals for the future. The Office of Ethnic Communities Nominations Service supported Monina’s successful application to the Board of the New Zealand Nursing Council.

  • Frequently Asked Questions – Governance and Boards

    Answers to questions about the Office of Ethnic Communities Nominations service and governance appointments are provided for your information. If you have a question that is not listed here, contact us at oecnominate@dia.govt.nz.

  • 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.