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  • Flourishing ethnic diversity; thriving New Zealand

    Strategic Direction and Intent for the Office of Ethnic Communities 2016 - 2020Children of diversity with a globe


  • Languages

    The list of 44 languages that Language Line currently uses

  • Participating Agencies

    Check out the latest list of participating agencies that can access Language Line.Photograph of multiple buildings - depicting participating agencies

  • Intercultural Capability Resources

    This resources page provides publications and other courses to support the Intercultural Capability eLearning modules.Image of books piled up

  • Intercultural Capability

    Image of people playing drums by handNew Zealand is a diverse country with over 200 different ethnicities. The Office of Ethnic Communities is committed to promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity and offers an Intercultural Capability eLearning programme to support this. This introductory programme is aimed at increasing anyone’s understanding to better interact or communicate with people from different backgrounds.

  • Using Language Line

    Photograph of a telephone interpreting session in progressClarity of communication means efficiencies, reduction of risk and more equity.

  • Minister's Update December 2015

    As the Minister for Ethnic Communities, I spend a lot of my time attending functions involving many diverse ethnic groups. Be it Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid or just a small gathering of people in my electorate of Maungakiekie, it is always an uplifting experience to meet and speak to people from the many cultures who call this beautiful country home.

  • Director's Update December 2015

    The Christmas break is almost on us so I’d like to wish you all a relaxing and happy holiday.

    The festive season gives us all the opportunity to reflect on what matters to us and our communities, and on what matters to others in our wider community. Participation and acceptance of what we each believe and celebrate are important for an ethnically diverse and prosperous New Zealand.

  • Diwali Celebration at Parliament

    Diwali male and female dancers

    Last night, our Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon John Key and representatives from across New Zealand’s ethnic communities at Parliament’s annual Diwali celebration.

  • Director's Update October 2015

    There’s a new buzzword on the block and its one that I’m pleased to see gaining traction through the media over recent months.  It’s a social science term used to describe a level and depth of societal experience that surpasses all others to date and it perfectly captures the changing face of our society here in New Zealand.  I’m talking about ‘super diversity’ and you should be talking about it too.