Public sector agencies

  • 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. 

  • Director's Update - March 2018

    Image of Cathrine Austin (Austin) Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    A month into my role as Acting Director, Office of Ethnic Communities, I already feel at home here. The support and dedication of the hard-working team of professionals at the Office has played a big part in this, for which I am very grateful.

  • Wellington Council consults on te reo Māori

    Image of the consultation document with a waka on the harbour on the bottom of the document.

    On Waitangi Day, Wellington City Council announced a consultation on how the city uses and recognises te reo Māori.

    The consultation follows a promise Mayor Justin Lester made during te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week), when he said Wellington would work towards becoming a te reo Māori city.

  • Rescuing the Old Stone House in Canterbury

    Image of the Old Stone House in Canterbury

    On 7 February 2018 a large group of people witnessed Mayor Liane Dalziel re-open the Old Stone House in Canterbury. The Building is a monument to resilience having survived both fire and earthquakes.

    It also represents a key part of Canterbury's history. The Christchurch Suburb of Cashmere, where the building is located, takes its name from the estate of Sir John Cracroft, who, after a career in the East India company, retired to New Zealand and named his farm after Kashmir.

  • Celebrating diversity on International Mother Language Day

    Image of Mercury staff front row seated and back row standing in front of tables.

    Energy company Mercury has nearly 300 people in its Greenlane office, and this month it celebrated the strong diversity in its team on International Mother Language Day.

    The day celebrated the 20 or more ethnic groups within the Commercial Operations team; the people who make sure Mercury’s customers are well looked-after.

  • An emerging leader, Siona Fernandes - a young Olympian gives back

    Born in the Goa, India. Siona Fernandes was raised in a vibrant culture of diverse, values, practices and beliefs. She left home at 15 to pursue a dance career (she is a PhD scholarship recipient) and shortly after moved with her family to New Zealand. Siona’s own personal experience as a migrant in New Zealand has shaped her understanding of how culture influences the role of the body in wellbeing. In Goa the geographic layout of neighbourhoods promotes social interaction creating more opportunities for incidental movement such as walking, visiting, and group play. Upon arriving in New Zealand Siona noted that this level of incidental movement disappeared from the lives of many Indian migrants.

  • New Zealand Muslim Leaders’ Symposium

    Left to right - image of Wen Powles, Mrs Munira Khanum and Mrs Ann Pala

    The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) and Waikato Muslim Association (WMA) jointly hosted the first New Zealand Muslim Leaders’ Symposium in Hamilton on 20 January 2018. The symposium brought together over a hundred Muslim leaders, including women and youth, from across the country to discuss opportunities and challenges, and set the strategic direction for the wider Muslim community.

  • 2018 Census is today

    Image of Census 2018 Banner - its how we find out ... website and blurred image of people behind.

    Every five years Statistics New Zealand runs the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The next census day is 6 March 2018.

    Our next census will be different. Statistics New Zealand are aiming to collect most of the census information online.

    In February, Statistics New Zealand will send an access code to complete forms online, as well as guide notes and information about the census to every household in New Zealand.