• Chilean Artist inspired by Wellington coastline

    Photograph of Playa Designs White lady sculpture

    Emerging Chilean Artist, Ronal Villalobos will host his first exhibition, Playa Designs, in Wellington from 19 -25 November 2012.

    Ronal is the founder of Playa Designs, and the creator and designer of a range of unique driftwood sculptures, mosaics, drawings and artwork. Ronal draws his inspiration from the coast, the beach, his native Chile and his new home, Wellington. In Spanish, “playa” means beach. 

  • Top Chinese educators visit the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    Diana Clark Manager Language Line and Mr Peng Xingqi, a Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Education

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs welcomed a delegation of senior Chinese government officials involved in language education on Tuesday morning. Led by Mr Peng Xingqi, a Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Education in Beijing, the group included other educational leaders from several provinces.

  • A Year in Review - new guide to our work

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs works to promote the benefits of ethnic diversity to increase prosperity for every New Zealander. We aim to provide the highest quality advice regarding ethnic diversity issues.

    The booklet  "A Year in Review" celebrates our work and achievements in 2011-2012. It also contains links to in-depth information if you would like to find out more.

    This booklet covers six areas.

  • Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    Unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity

    Every month, the Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham offers his views and insights on ethnic diversity issues.

    In this update he asks how the potential of New Zealand's ethnic diversity can be unlocked.

  • Language Line adds Indonesian

    Indonesian people who speak little or no English can now get a helping hand from the telephone interpreting service, Language Line. Check out more information at

    More than 80 government agencies use Language Line, run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, which encourages equal access to government services for all.

    The decision to add Indonesian to Language Line follows a steady increase of requests for this language and reflects the growing bonds between New Zealand and Indonesia.


  • Building business networks in Australia

    Presenter, Anukool Sathu, an Intercultural Advisor at the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs' project to help ethnic small and medium sized enterprises has been showcased at an international conference in Australia.

    Intercultural Advisor, Anukool Sathu, delivered the presentation at the Economic Development Conference held in Cairns on 18 September at a session highlighting the strategies that can be implemented to maximise the economic contribution of migrants in countries like New Zealand and Australia.

  • Ethnic Leaders Forum

    The Ethnic Leaders Forum in Christchurch takes place once every three months.

    The day-long forums are focussed on leadership development, civic participation and collaboration across ethnic communities.

    It is open to ethnic leaders - but new participants interested in attending should enquire as places are limited to 45. 

    Please contact:
    Deborah Lam
    Senior Ethnic Affairs Advisor
    Telephone:03 339 5459


  • Workshops

    The Office of Ethnic Communities runs workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the lefthand side menu for specific events.

    people attending a workshop

  • Ethnic diversity in the workplace

    An ethnically diverse workplace can bring many advantages and has been shown to benefit companies financially. The advantages include:

    • enabling better connections to an increasingly diverse customer base
    • promoting broader perspectives, greater innovation and effective problem solving
    • providing a competitive edge in the global economy by utilising overseas contacts for trade and investment
    • ensuring the widest pool of candidates is considered when recruiting.

  • What is social enterprise?

    image of hands with coins in themA social enterprise is an organisation that seeks to tackle social, cultural or environmental challenges.  Like a traditional business, a social enterprise sells goods and services.  However, instead of profits being distributed to shareholders or individuals, they are used to support the organisation’s mission.