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    For long appointments or special situations, book a professional telephone interpreter here.

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  • The role of the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the workplace

    A group of ethnically diverse work colleagues

    By 2021 a quarter of the New Zealand workforce is expected to have been born overseas.

    This ethnic diversity offers huge opportunities to our economy, offering a rich resource of experience, skills and overseas connections which can add to New Zealand’s wealth

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs is working to unlock this potential to help build economic growth. We provide practical advice and support to ethnic people in the business sector and work with other government agencies to provide equal access to government services.

  • Ethnicity Matters - a guide to working with ethnic communities

    Anjena and Chamain Singh from Waikato

    This is a guide intended to help public sector organisations work with and respond to the needs of ethnic communities.

    It provides simple, easy and practical advice for policy staff about how to incorporate ethnic perspectives into the work of government. 

     Ethnicity Matters (PDF 524kb)

  • Ethnicity data

    People from more than 200 different ethnicities live in New Zealand.

    Download this statistical snapshot (pdf) of New Zealand’s diversity.

    Whereabouts do people from ethnic communities live? What languages are spoken? What is the unemployment rate among ethnic communities? What health problems are an issue?

    Find out in our collection of data about ethnic people living in New Zealand.

    While Statistics New Zealand and other agencies collect a vast array of facts and figures, this is the first time that those applicable to ethnic people have been brought together in one place.

  • Director's Update - May 2018

    Image of Austin aka Cathrine Austin - Interim Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The Office of Ethnic Communities had a busy month organising the 2018 Safer Communities Ministerial Forum, which took place on May 26 in Auckland. The Forum brought together Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries from the Ethnic Communities, Justice, and Police portfolios. Together with ethnic community leaders we collaborated on sustainable, long-term interventions aimed at improving safety in our communities.

  • Meet the Office of Ethnic Communities newest member

    Mohamud (Centre) receiving his Local Hero Award from the CE of Kiwbank (right) and the Mayor for Auckland Phil Goff (left)

    Kia ora. My name is Mohamud Mohamed and I recently joined the Office of Ethnic Communities team as a Diversity & Engagement Advisor in Auckland.

  • MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity

    Image taken in 1922 of gathering of Indians at Grafton Bridge Auckland

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have funded ‘MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity - 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa’. Curated by the New Zealand Indian Central Association, this exhibition tells the story from the first Indian presence to pioneering settlers to established communities in New Zealand.

  • 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.