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  • EPIC NZ Conference – Registrations now open

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    Registrations are now open for the Ethnic People In Commerce (EPIC) NZ Conference 2017. Spaces are limited to 300 so be in quick. You can find out more about the conference and how to register here

  • Migrant happiness survey

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    A market research company, Cultural Connections, carried out a survey to measure the shift in migrants’ level of happiness. The survey sampled 600 migrants by asking them to respond to "How happy were you when you first arrived in New Zealand?" and "How happy are you now?” on a 10 point scale.

  • Celebrations of cultural diversity in Rotorua

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    The Rotorua Multicultural Council receives Ethnic Communities Development Funding from the Office of Ethnic Communities. By making use of the contribution of volunteers and through the generosity of those who provide refreshments at low cost and venues for free, small amounts of money can go a long way when organising events to celebrate the cultural diversity of Rotorua.

  • Sharing information to combat global tax evasion

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    The Government has signed up to the global automatic exchange of information (AEOI) initiative led by the OECD. We’re one of 100 countries that will automatically share some financial account information about foreign tax residents. All countries will use the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) to identify and report on financial accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents.

  • In My Own Words: Ahi Karunaharan

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    Kia ora! My name is Ahi and I was born in the UK and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am the child of Sri Lankan migrants and have spent close to fifteen years working as a professional in the arts industry as an actor, writer, director, producer and composer. Like many other sectors, the landscape of New Zealand’s arts and culture industry is rapidly changing but right now we need to step up and start stepping ahead. 

  • Media release: Conference drives growth in New Zealand’s ethnically diverse business community

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    15 May 2017 – The Office of Ethnic Communities is excited to announce this years’ Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) NZ conference, to be held in Auckland on 30 June at the Sky City Convention Centre. Diversity is a reality for New Zealand – is your business ready to unlock its benefits?

    EPIC NZ is an annual conference which celebrates the strength of New Zealand's growing and diverse business community, and has previously been attended by more than 300 people each year.

  • Director's Update - April 2017

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    E rere kau mai te awa nui nei
    Mai i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa
    Ko au te awa
    Ko te awa ko au.

    Ko Caroline Bridgland tāku ingoa
    Ko Ruapehu te maunga
    Ko Whanganui te awa
    Ko te Atihaunui-a-paparangi te iwi

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    Welcome to the April edition of our monthly newsletter.

  • He Tohu and Women's Suffrage Petition

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    You are warmly invited to attend a briefing on He Tohu, the exhibition of constitutional documents that shape our nation, including the Women’s Suffrage Petition. Philippa Doyle of the Department of Internal Affairs will be joined by National Council of Women of New Zealand Vice President, Vanisa Dhiru.

  • ‘Walk in’ – Foundation North

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    Foundation North will be hosting 'walk in' sessions in Auckland.

    Over the next three months they will be taking to the streets of Glen Innes, Mt Roskill and Pukekohe in Auckland.

  • A focus on the smaller communities

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities has had a long-standing relationship with many ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. With over 200 distinct ethnicities and a population of half a million ethnic people (and growing) we are always seeking to engage with as many different communities as possible. In 2017 we initiated a pilot project to expand our engagement with ‘smaller’ ethnic communities (representing populations of under 10,000) to explore ways to build sustained and on-going engagement.