• We need to understand each other this Race Relations Day

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    The theme of this year’s Race Relations Day – ‘O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo – Our people, our cultures, our languages’ – is poignant and appropriate, says Anita Balakrishnan, Director, Office of Ethnic Communities.

  • Director's Update - 20 March 2019

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    Salaam alaykum. Tēnā koe.

    I have been spending time in Christchurch, meeting the brave and grieving people affected by the terrible events of last Friday. I’ve also connected with the Christchurch City Council and key central government agencies. What is noticeable is the effort and willingness among communities and government to develop coordinated responses in the short and long term for Christchurch’s communities. And the consensus that this must be led by communities for it to succeed.

  • Director's Update - 16 March 2019

    Our thoughts remain with those of you who are affected following yesterday's attack on the Muslim community.

  • Ethnic community group supports migrants to understand tax in New Zealand

    IRD representative standing in front of a screen with picture of NZ and Who pays tax? above it.

    On 2 March 2019, Indian community organisation Ekta, hosted an Inland Revenue seminar for migrants on the tax implications of overseas income and assets.

  • Police officer helps keep Christchurch beautiful

    Li Ying Cai painting a Chorus Box.

    Li Ying Cai is one of the first Chinese women police officers in Christchurch and is well known in the community as an example of and champion for diversity. 

  • Christchurch celebrates Japan Day

    Tea ceremony along with the Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel

    On 3 March 2019, Christchurch commemorated Japan Day, one of the best attended activities on the Christchurch event calendar.

  • Auckland Arts Festival showcases stories of migrants and refugees

    Performers at the Auckland Arts Festival

    Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand’s largest festival of arts and culture, returns across Auckland from 7 – 24 March 2019.

  • Director's Update - February 2019

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    Tēnā koutou katoa,

    February has brought mostly beautiful weather for many places around the country, and I hope you have enjoyed the long days and warm evenings. The heat however, can cause it to get very dry in some regions. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the Nelson fires, including the many ethnic communities who have settled in the area. The strength of a community is so powerful at a time like this.

  • Sport Waitakere works to increase diversity in sports clubs

    Image of people playing volleyball at a tournament.

    Sport Waitakere Trust’s Diverse Westies project aims to support West Auckland sports clubs to create welcoming environments for all participants. It is one of the initiatives receiving funding from our Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

  • Grant applications open for Community Connects Fund

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    The Office for Senior’s Community Connects Fund is now accepting grant applications.