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  • Director’s Update - First Quarter 2018

    Kia ora koutou katoa

    Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog has been welcomed with colour and verve across the country.  Xin nian kuai le!

    A distinctive array of New Year celebrations in our ethnic communities are now among the many traditions enjoyed in our wonderfully diverse country. These festivals and observances, held throughout the year, have become integral to our home-grown Kiwi custom and tradition. 

  • In remembrance: Councillor Philip Yeung

    Image of Councillor Philip Yeung

    The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councillor Phillip Yeung on 29 September in Hamilton, aged 60.

  • Population projections

    Image of Statistics NZ graph on projected ethnic populations of New Zealand 2013 - 2038

    On 3 October 2017, Statistics New Zealand released an update of their population projections, which states that the four largest ethnic population groups in New Zealand are projected to grow between 2013 and 2038.

  • Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister's Update

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo and very warm greetings!

    It is my honour to be able to provide you with my first message since becoming your Minister for Ethnic Communities – a portfolio I am immensely humbled to have been given by our Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, and one which I am excited about.

  • Director's Update - September 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora tātou

    Our Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, during September, marking the start of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar. Shana tova u’metuka (sweet and good year) to all!

    As it is start of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, and the second holiest month for Muslims following Ramadan, we wish you a year of peace and prosperity.

  • Meeting the Office of Ethnic Communities Leadership Team

    Image of attendees at the Meet and Greet event in Christchurch

    Over the past three months, the Office of Ethnic Communities has held a series of 'Meet and Greet' events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. These events collectively have been attended by approximately 100 stakeholders who represented a cross section of government, non-government organisations, ethnic organisations and private sector partners who are significant in the field of ethnic diversity.

  • In Remembrance of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam

    Image of Dr Rasalingam

    The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam, who passed away peacefully at his home in Auckland on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the age of 81. Dr Rasalingam was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He moved from Sri Lanka to New Zealand with his wife in 1970. He then set up his General Practice clinic in the centre of Glen Innes, which provided free care to groups of former refugees.

  • One plus one is greater than two

    Image of (LtoR) Rachel Hu, Tina Zhang, Shane Zheng, Jack Ma and Wendy Lu

    China.NZ is a group of Chinese professionals dedicated to bridging the two cultures. The group is made up of six Chinese New Zealanders who call New Zealand home after they migrated here at a young age.

    The Office of Ethnic Communities met with them to hear their story.

    What were your drivers in establishing this group?

  • Kiwi Indian woman now leads National Council of Women

    Image of Vanisa Dhiru in front of the image of the first meeting of the National Council of Women held in Christchurch in 1896.

    Vanisa Dhiru is the new President of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ). Vanisa, a New Zealand-born Gujarati, will be responsible for leading the board of the 121-year-old organisation, which was founded by Kate Sheppard.  Her appointment was announced on Suffrage Day last week (19 September).

  • Director's Update - August 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.