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  • Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister's Update

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    Kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo and very warm greetings!

    It is my honour to be able to provide you with my first message since becoming your Minister for Ethnic Communities – a portfolio I am immensely humbled to have been given by our Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, and one which I am excited about.

  • In My Own Words: Rob Dewhirst

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    Rob Dewhirst is a New Zealand born engineer based in Christchurch. He is a convert to Islam and the Chairperson of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust.

    Rob kindly took time out for a quick question and answer session with the Office of Ethnic Communities while he was in Christchurch last week. This was despite being busy with international development contracts in East Timor, his work as Chairperson for the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust and preparations to go on the Hajj. The Hajj is the pilgrimage to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s most sacred space, and is one of the five essential pillars of Islam – meaning that all Muslims should perform Hajj at least once in their lives.

  • Director's Update - August 2017

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    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.

  • Director's Update - August 2017

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    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.

  • Losing momentum school leavers Asia engagement

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    The Asia New Zealand Foundation has released a report, Losing Momentum – School Leavers’ Asia Engagement, which looks at New Zealand school leavers’ readiness for engaging with Asia. The report outlines the results of a survey of more than 1,000 senior school students and their level of Asia awareness. The questions asked were about cultural competencies and knowledge of Asia, and the perceived importance of Asia to New Zealand.

    The key findings compared an earlier baseline survey conducted in 2012 and found that:

  • Minister's Update - August 2017

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    This is a good time of year to consider opportunities for governance roles. The Office of Ethnic Communities keeps a database of New Zealanders from ethnic communities who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups. The nominations service seeks to increase ethnic representation in leadership and governance positions.

  • Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) 2017 Conference

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities hosted its EPIC 2017 conference on 30 June at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.

  • Welcoming Communities

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    Welcoming Communities is a two year pilot programme established by Immigration New Zealand in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, Office of Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission.  The initiative brings together local government and community leadership to make the places we live more welcoming for everyone.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund

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    The Ethnic Communities Development Fund applications dates for 2017 have been set. The fund will be open for requests on Wednesday 16 August 2017 and close at midnight on Wednesday 27 September 2017. There will be one funding round a year.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2018. There are three fund priorities, leadership development, social cohesion and cultural events.

  • Director's Update - June 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The month of June has flown by.  We paid tribute to the sheer courage and perseverance of refugees on World Refugee Day, 20 June.  As I began my work as Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities, old and new friends have made me aware of the significant difference that ethnic community representatives involved in business, migrant settlement, refugee services, culture and heritage, education and other important fields are making too many people's lives in Auckland and elsewhere.