• Education Consultation in Wellington


    The Office of Ethnic Communities has continued supporting Ministry of Education (MoE) in hosting Education Consultation meetings for ethnic communities.

    The Wellington meeting, held on 18 October at the Ministry of Education’s National Office, attracted over 100 participants from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities and Associate Minster for Education, who attended the meeting, stressed the importance of ethnic people having their say in shaping the future of the New Zealand’s education.

  • Mehregan celebrated in Christchurch

    Performers at the Mehregan celebration

    The Christchurch Iranian Society held an event at the University of Canterbury on Sunday 14 October to celebrate Mehregan.

  • Wellington Phoenix Football Diversity and Inclusion Programme

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    Wellington Phoenix launched its 2018/19 Football Diversity and Inclusion Programme (FDIP) at Wellington’s Civic Square on 15 October.

    Now in its second year, the FDIP is focused on promoting wellbeing outcomes for young people and their families. As part of the programme, the Wellington Phoenix will offer complimentary 2018/19 season tickets for recently resettled refugees and people from low socioeconomic communities in the Wellington region. Recipients will also receive free train transport on game day for Wellington Phoenix’s 2018/19 home games at Westpac Stadium.

  • Kings Plant Barn - helping the Chinese community grow their gardens

    Kings Plant Barn

    Kings Plant Barn , Auckland’s largest garden centre chain, is helping the Chinese community grow their gardens by working to combat language barriers and increase New Zealand plant knowledge in the Chinese community.

    Recognising the changing dynamic of the Auckland demographic, Kings Plant Barn has launched a variety of new services to help the Chinese population in Auckland.

  • Creative upcycling!


    The Chinese Conservation Education Trust (the Trust) recently held a creative upcycling workshop at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Auckland.

  • 69th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

    Attendees at the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

    On 30 September, the Auckland Chinese Community Centre (ACCC) held an event in Mangere to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

  • Learning about conservation

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    To celebrate Conservation Week, the Chinese Conservation Education Trust worked with the Department of Conservation to develop a programme on conservation in New Zealand for members of the Chinese community.

  • 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.