• Confucius Institute to launch art exhibition at EthnicA Christchurch

    Dr Adam Lam - Photograph

    The Confucuis Institute will launch one of its most important exhibitions and research programmes on Harold Wilfred Youren, a peace advocate dedicated to opening dialogue between China and the West in the 1950's. He amassed a significant collection of art works which were gifted to him during his travels and which he used to illustrate his public talks on Chinese art and history. Three examples of his collection will be featured at EthnicA Christchurch.

  • EPICNZ Conference 2013

    This annual Ethnic People in Commerce NZ (EPIC NZ) conference provides a significant forum to build connections between ethnic businesses, entrepreneurs and investors and the wider New Zealand business community. It also offers advice about doing business overseas. This is the leading networking event for New Zealand businesses to connect with ethnic businesses to harness potential trade opportunities. Information about the next EPIC conference will be available soon. Below is information about previous conferences.

  • International Women's Day Christchurch - 8th March 2013

    Photograph of attendee to the International Women's day celebration

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs was proud to support the Canterbury Women’s Business Association project to host the International Women’s day celebrations on 8 March in Christchurch. The Canterbury Women’s Business Association project started last year and aims to encourage small business and entrepreneurship amongst its women participants through the development of skills in arts and culture.

  • Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs March 2013

    New Zealand on the world stage

    The Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham has recently returned from attending two United Nations' forums in Europe: the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the Alliance of Civilisations Global Forum.

    He says participation on a world stage shows the strength and maturity of New Zealand's diverse communities.

    Previous updates

  • Funding opportunities available

    The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust (CPTHT) is currently receiving applications for funding.  Applications must be submitted by 5pm 2 April 2013.

    The CPTHT funds projects that improve understanding of the Chinese community in New Zealand and strengthen the unique identity of Chinese New Zealanders.  Applicants do not have to be Chinese or descendants of early settlers.

  • EPIC NZ booklet now available online

    The Ethnic People in Commerce in New Zealand project, started in 2010, focuses on creating international business connections through our existing local diversity.

    This booklet (1.91mb PDF) provides small-medium businesses with a snap shot of the tools available from Office of Ethnic Affairs to help them, and some examples of businesses that are making the most of cultural diversity to help their business grow..

  • Auckland Japan Day 2013

    Japan Day 2013, was held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on Sunday 24th February were over 20,000 visitors experienced, watch and tasted the culture of Japan.

    Traditional and modern performances of Japanese dance, music and martial arts were held throughout the day. A display of Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Iai-Do Japanese Swordsmanship.  

  • Census 2013

    Statistics New Zealand Logo

    Make sure you count!

    Tuesday, 5 March 2013 is census day.

  • The Panel invites you to be part of The Constitution Conversation! Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakanui i tēnei kaupapa!

    Constitution Advisory Panel Logo

    What are your aspirations for Aotearoa New Zealand?

    How do you want our country to be run in the future?

    On Tuesday, 26 February, the Panel will be in the public space, Te Marae at Te Papa from 11.30 – 2.00pm to launch The Constitution Conversation.

  • Why not give rugby a go

    Poneke Rugby Club - Logo

    The Pōneke Football Club are very keen for children from communities without a tradition of playing rugby to come and try out our game and our Club.

    Registrations for the 2013 Rugby season open from 5 March. View flyer for more details (410kb PDF).

    Girls in Rugby – Saturday 23 February 2013.