Individuals

  • Auckland Agency Group: Enabling a great international student experience

    Attendees at the Auckland Agency Group meeting.

    Each year, 130,000 international students representing 140 nationalities choose to study in New Zealand. Of these, 80,000 live in the Auckland region.

  • 15 years on: Maintaining language and faith in Christchurch

    Ibrahim Abdelhalim (centre) celebrating with parents/teachers.

    15 years ago, Ibrahim Abdelhalim and his wife Salwa started the annual Arabic language and Qur'an competition in Christchurch. Ibrahim, current president of the Canterbury African Council and long serving member of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, explains that the language group aims to teach all interested children the Arabic language, and Islamic culture as a means of creating harmony between diverse religious and ethnic groups. Ibrahim believes in promoting the peace and loving nature of Islam to the younger generation.

  • Surinder Tandon: Role model for active citizenship

    Surinder Tandon (Left) with the Governor General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae  (Right)

    In 2014, Dr Surinder Tandon received the insignia of a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) for services to the community, and in the field of textile science. The award recognises a life time of service to others from a man whose personal motto is ‘service above self’.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a conversation with Naomi Tocher

    Naomi Tocker with Vanessa receiving the Implementation and Practice Award.

    This year we celebrate New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.

    ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is a Wellington based, non-government organisation, representing communities from former refugee backgrounds. The organisation has many initiatives designed to live out their vision of New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life.

  • Director's Update - April 2018

    Tena koutou katoa

    April was another busy month at the Office of Ethnic Communities with Easter break now seeming a distant memory.  I’d like to take the opportunity once again to thank the dedicated staff of the Office, and all the passionate and committed representatives of diverse ethnic communities that engage with us, to make this work possible. 

  • Minister's Update - April 2018

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo, kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, and very warm greetings to everyone.

  • Lest We Forget The Other – Chinese and Indian contributions to ANZAC

    The New Zealand Indian Central Association and New Zealand Chinese Association recently collaborated on an exhibition in Wellington to honour the service of Indian and Chinese New Zealanders in the First World War.  The exhibition was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park between 25 November 2017 and 25 March 2018.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: Pohswan Narayanan

    Pohswan Narayanan is a strong voice for equality and inclusion in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

  • Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust

    On 12 April, over 150 families and friends attended the Hamilton Multicultural Services (HMS) Trust graduation evening at the WINTEC Atrium, Hamilton.

  • Chinese New Settlers Service Trust begins a new chapter

    Image of the Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, with Jenny Wang unveiling the plaque

    The Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Jenny Salesa, along with other dignitaries opened Kotuku House on the 28 March 2018.