Public sector agencies

  • Minister's Update - April 2017

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    Yesterday was ANZAC Day and, as I do every year, I joined veterans and members of the public at the dawn service in Papakura and other services throughout the day, to acknowledge and honour the courage and sacrifice of all those who bravely served our nation at Gallipoli and in subsequent conflicts.

  • Minister’s Update

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    The month of March was a busy month for ethnic communities-starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March, Race Relations Day on 21 March and a host of multicultural events delivered throughout the country.

  • General Manager's Update - March 2017

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    In my last update I welcomed two of the three new managers in the Office of Ethnic Communities – Natasha Narayan, the Manager of our Planning, Systems and Services team, and Tayyaba Khan, the Manager for our Community Engagement team.  Tayyaba is based in Auckland.  I’m pleased to say that Natasha and Tayyaba will now be joined by Diana Solomon as the Manager for the Policy and Research team – which completes the leadership team for the Office for Ethnic Communities.  Diana comes to OEC from her role as Principal Advisor Strategy and Planning in the Strategy and Governance Group of the Department of Internal Affairs, although she has had extensive experience in policy work previously including in the Treasury.

  • General Manager's Update - Febuary 2017

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    Kung hei fat choi! Xin Nian Hao! Sen-nin haow! Happy New Year!

    In September last year I outlined the work that the Office of Ethnic Communities was doing to develop its Operating Model. Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand is the vision for the Office of Ethnic Communities and drives our Operating Model. This is the strategic framework for what we do, why we do it, and how we go about our work. You can check it out on our website.

  • General Manager's Update - December 2016

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    Well I must say it feels like ground has shifted significantly since my last update in October!

    The ground has shifted literally in Kaikoura, and it continues to move along the many fractured fault lines which run through our country.  Also in the past week a number of our Tongan community have lost their lives in trying to reach solid ground in the Kaipara Harbour.  Our thoughts are with the Tongan community and the people of Kaikoura as they pull their lives and communities back together.

  • Diversity is a real strength for New Zealand

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    The media has recently reported on comments by an Imam in Auckland.  These comments have drawn expressions of concern from the Human Rights Commissioner and the Minister for Ethnic Communities.  You can see their statements here:

  • Interpreter?

    Language Line

    Do you know someone that needs an interpreter?

    Language Line can provide interpreters over the phone in 44 Languages.

    To get an interpreter, any member of the public can call or visit an organisation that has access to this service, just state the language needed.

    Language Line is available from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.

  • Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand

    Over the past 5 months I have had the privilege of meeting a wide range of people from ethnic communities, ethnic community leaders, NGOs and government agencies. You have all shared with me your passion and commitment for supporting strong ethnic communities and realising the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand. You have talked to me about the many ways in which you are working to support ethnic communities, and the ways in which you would like the Office for Ethnic Communities to support this work, advise government about the important issues for ethnic communities, deliver services like Language Line, and fund community initiatives that support ethnic communities and build social cohesion.

  • New Zealand - A kaleidoscope of culture needs nurturing

    Image of Dr Anwar Ghani (left) with the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (Right)

    30 years ago most of us would never have imagined the culturally diverse nation that New Zealand has become. The city of sails Auckland is culturally more diverse than London, Sydney and New York. By 2025, 1 in 5 New Zealanders will come from an ethnic minority so planning for our current situation as well as the years to come is crucial.

  • Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence

    Left to right - Fatumata Bah, Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive Department of Internal Affairs, Guled Mire OEC

    Fatumata Bah’s ability to demonstrate a capacity to influence and to act as a catalyst for change has resulted in her being selected as a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards. In its fourth year, the Women of Influence Programme identifies, recognises and celebrates the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Science and Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.