• Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand Annual General Meeting

    L-R: Mustafa Farouk (President - FIANZ), Hon Jenny Salesa (Minister for Ethnic Communities), Dr Anwar Ghani (Chairman - FIANZ)

    The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 8 September 2018 at the Avondale Islamic Centre.

  • 2018 Teej Celebration

    The Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Jenny Salesa with some of the attendees of the Teej Celebration

    New Zealand Nepal Society hosted its annual Teej Celebration 8 September 2018 in Auckland.  The vibrant event, celebrated with cultural performances and colourful decorations, was attended by community members, government agencies, and MPs.

  • Director's Update - September 2018

    Kia ora, nĭ hăo and namaste!

    This month the Office of Ethnic Communities (OEC) celebrated Māori, Chinese, and Hindi language weeks.  We also observed the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement, and saw the release of the report on Diverse Thinking Capability Audit in New Zealand Boardrooms 2018.  These events allowed us to learn and share the rich languages, history, and innovations that we have here in Aotearoa. 

  • Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition celebrates innovation and diversity

    Image of attendees at the opening of the exhibition

    An exhibition of projects honoured by one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards has opened in Auckland. The George Fraser Gallery is exhibiting projects from the most recent round of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

  • Ahead of the game – ISANA NZ workshops for International Student Wellbeing

    Image of workshop attendees sitting at a table

    In June 2017, the Government released the International Student Wellbeing Strategy designed to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a safe and welcoming destination for international students to study.

  • Suffrage 125 Spotlight: Vanisa Dhiru

    Vanisa Dhiru

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. This month, we celebrate suffrage month, as we remember the signing of the petition that worked towards the passing of the Electoral Act 1893, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.

  • Ethnicity data of State sector boards and committees

    Image of silhouette people sitting at a table boardroom style in front windows with an evening city lights behind.

    As a part of one of the Government’s key priorities, Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities, announced that the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee has agreed that ethnicity data be collected for candidates appointed to State sector boards and committees.

  • Access Radio review – submit your feedback

    Image of people working in access radio - Plains FM

    Have your say in the Community Access Radio review!

    Community Access Radio, part of NZ On Air, is a non-profit platform dedicated to giving diverse groups throughout New Zealand a voice in mainstream media.  The organisation supports stations that are made by, and for, local communities.

  • Family Justice

    Have your say on the family justice system - A consultation document released by Independent Panel

    Public submissions for input on the 2014 family justice reforms are now open!

    The Independent Panel considering the 2014 family justice reforms wants to hear from people who have used the family justice system so they can better understand what is working and what can be improved.

  • Heritage takes centre stage in Christchurch

    Crowd at the event hosted by Mayor Lianne Dalziel

    29 August 2018 marked the first anniversary of Christchurch City Council’s Multicultural Strategy, Our Future Together.  The strategy emphasises Christchurch’s continued efforts to rebuild a modern and inclusive city that reflects collective identity.