Individuals

  • 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

    Image of a crowd celebrating

    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

    Image of different people in front of a marae

    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.

  • The Reed Pen’s Tale

    Image of Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary and some of his calligraphy

    Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary’s (Ali) an Afghanistan-born calligraphy artist, opened his first New Zealand solo exhibition on Friday 8 December 2017.

    Celebrating Persian calligraphy and the resilience of an artist from a refugee background, the exhibition, titled the Reed Pen’s Tale, was launched at the Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland. The exhibition features 12 distinctive Persian calligraphic works.

  • Director's Update - November 2017

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa Minister for Ethnic Communities (Foreground) with Michael Wood MP background

    The Office of Ethnic Communities warmly welcomes our Minister, the Hon Jenny Salesa, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Michael Wood MP. We will be supporting the Minister and Under-Secretary to deliver the Government’s priorities to ensure that ethnic diversity is a source of strength for New Zealand, and brings new insights, skills and opportunities to everyone in our society.

  • Defining moments: Women in Leadership

    Image of left-to-right Maysoon Salama, Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen

    The Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) is a group that was formed in 1991 to cater specifically for the needs of Muslim women around New Zealand. Maysoon Salama, National Coordinator, and Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen, Assistant National Coordinators, are leaders within their own ethnic communities, serve on a range of boards, have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are highly entrepreneurial. They share some of their thoughts about their own journeys, life and leadership.

  • Ancient instrument played at festival

    Image of Candy Wu Zhang playing the guqin ancient seven-string Chinese instrument.

    Candy Wu Zhang played the guqin, an ancient seven-string Chinese instrument, at the Gold Silk International Musical and Cultural Festival 2017. The guqin has a three thousand year history so is often referred to as the “instrument of the ages”. It is noted for its great subtlety of sound and revered for its association with scholars and literati particularly the Chinese philosopher Confucius.

  • In remembrance: Councillor Philip Yeung

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councillor Phillip Yeung on 29 September in Hamilton, aged 60.