Communities

  • New Zealand Muslim Leaders’ Symposium

    Left to right - image of Wen Powles, Mrs Munira Khanum and Mrs Ann Pala

    The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) and Waikato Muslim Association (WMA) jointly hosted the first New Zealand Muslim Leaders’ Symposium in Hamilton on 20 January 2018. The symposium brought together over a hundred Muslim leaders, including women and youth, from across the country to discuss opportunities and challenges, and set the strategic direction for the wider Muslim community.

  • 2018 Census is today

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    Every five years Statistics New Zealand runs the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The next census day is 6 March 2018.

    Our next census will be different. Statistics New Zealand are aiming to collect most of the census information online.

    In February, Statistics New Zealand will send an access code to complete forms online, as well as guide notes and information about the census to every household in New Zealand.

  • Public’s views on human rights sought

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    New Zealanders have the chance to have their say on human rights issues in a national consultation process, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    A series of eight public consultation sessions, the last to be held in Gisborne on 12 March 2018, will seek the public’s views on New Zealand’s progress on human rights as part of a five-yearly review by the United Nations. The first was held in Wellington in mid-February.

  • Race Relations Day Festival and Peace March in Wellington

    The Race Relations Day Festival and Peace March is coming to Wellington on 24 March. With world class and local performers descending on the capital to celebrate ethnic diversity and mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event is proudly supported through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund from the Office of Ethnic Communities.

  • 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. 

  • Minister's Update - December 2017

    Namaste, Ni hao, Mabuhay, Anyoung haseyo, Salaam Alaikum, Shalom, Malo e lelei, Kia ora, Talofa lava; warm and festive greetings to all.

    This is the time of the year when our thoughts focus on the excitement of holidays and time with our families and loved ones. It is also a time of contemplation, of what a New Year may bring, of resolve and change, and the determination to make 2018 the best year of our lives.

  • Director's Update - December 2017

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

    Tēnā koutou [Hello]

    This is our last newsletter for 2017. I hope this has been a rewarding year for you, your whanau [extended family] and communities.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - recipients announced

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    The recipients of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for the 2018 year have been announced. A total of 71 groups received a combined total of $520,000 from the Fund.

    Grants were awarded for activities related to social cohesion, leadership development and cultural events. We received 138 requests for funding, totalling about $2.6 million.

    Check out the full list of recipients.

  • Welcoming Communities standard for New Zealand

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    Around the world Kiwis are renowned for being friendly, hospitable and inclusive – qualities highlighted in a new two-year pilot programme titled Welcoming Communities. The Welcoming Communities Standard was launched on 12 December 2017.

  • A Journey of Interethnic Mothering in Aotearoa

    Image of Lucia Davis with her family

    Interethnic Mothering is a topic dear to my heart academically and personally. My recently submitted Doctorial (PhD) thesis on this topic records experiences of migrant mothers in New Zealand and reveals interesting insights into their joys and challenges of parenting in an interethnic relationship.