Communities

  • Ashburton: A most Welcoming Community

    New Zealand memorabilia

    On 11 July, the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the launch of Ashburton District Council’s Welcoming Plan - Whakatau mai ki te rōhe o Hakatere.

    The Welcoming Plan was created to encourage local communities to take a greater leadership role in helping newcomers to settle in their new home. The activities are structured around Immigration New Zealand’s standard for welcoming communities focusing on: inclusive leadership; welcoming communications; equitable access; connected and inclusive communities; economic development; business and employment; civic engagement and participation; welcoming public spaces; and culture and identity.

  • Former Afghan Interpreters given New Zealand Citizenship

    The Council’s Kaumatua, Tame Pokaia, speaks at Kirikiriroa Marae during the Pōwhiri which preceded the Citizenship Ceremony

    On 22 June, 68 former Afghan interpreters and their families became New Zealand citizens at a very special ceremony at Kirikiriroa Marae, Hamilton.

    Over 200 people attended, including family, friends, Hamilton Mayor Andrew King, members of the New Zealand’s Defence and Police forces, local Iwi and city officials.

  • Leading the Dance

    Photo of the 3 Judges of The Great NZ Dance Masala (Shawn pictured at the back)along with the host, Colin Mathura-Jeffree

    Shawn Thomas making the Indian community proud through his creative achievements; he’s part of TV3’s The Great New Zealand Dance Masala, a competition showcasing a variety of dancing styles including classical, traditional, hip hop and Bollywood. Shawn a judge on this Indian-inspired dance show; the first of its kind.

  • Mitchell Pham receives Kea World Class New Zealand Award

    The Office of Ethnic Communities would like to congratulate Mitchell Pham on being the first ethnic migrant/refugee to receive the Kea World Class New Zealand Award for his contribution to the New Zealand technology sector and NZ-Asia relations.

  • Director's Update - June 2018

    Kia Ora! Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. While winter has well and truly settled in, the Office of Ethnic Communities remains as busy as ever.

    On 19 June, we joined members of our Muslim communities to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Parliament. I wish to extend my best wishes to all Muslims in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Minister's Update - June 2018

    Eid Mubarak.

    Ramadan came to an end on the evening of 14 June, signalling the start of Eid ul-Fitr. This time of year is particularly special for our Muslim communities, and it’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the Muslim New Zealanders who have made Aotearoa their home.

    The Eid ul-Fitr celebration I hosted in Parliament was a wonderful occasion, and a formal opportunity for such acknowledgement. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this joyous time with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

  • Do you have strong governance experience?

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is looking for ethnic people with strong governance experience to join our Nominations Service database.

    Government has a commitment that State sector boards are representative of the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including gender, ethnicity, age, and geographic location.

    The Office of Ethnic Communities’ Nominations Service facilitates the nomination of ethnic people for boards in order to meet the Government’s goal of greater ethnic diversity in board appointments.

  • Fund dates for 2018 are set

    The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2019. There are three funding priorities: leadership development, social cohesion, and cultural events.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: Archna Tandon

    Image of Archna Tandon

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which gave all women in Aotearoa the right to vote.

    Archna Tandon migrated to New Zealand in 1990, from Delhi, India. Her experiences as a migrant inspired her to establish the Canterbury Indian Women’s Group, and encouraged her involvement in Shakti, an ethnic women’s support group. Shakti supports women to overcome barriers associated with migration, as well as to end all forms of violence and discrimination against migrant women.

  • Health scholarships awarded in Christchurch

    Image of the Health scholarship winners

    On 31 May, Pegasus Health and Workforce Development awarded scholarships to 23 students from diverse backgrounds to study nursing, medicine, or applied health. Two recipients of a scholarship were Seungjun Lee (known as Steve) and Phillipa Muza.

    Steve has just finished a nine week work placement in Christchurch Hospital as part of his Bachelor of Nursing. Steve’s placements in different areas of the health sector have always involved helping people with disabilities.