Language Guidelines

Information to celebrate your language and empower your communityImage of Chinese youth with musical instruments

The Heritage and Community Language Celebration Guidelines (the guidelines) are a resource the Office of Ethnic Communities developed to support communities to celebrate and maintain their heritage languages.  The guidelines use plain language and give practical advice through the process of organising a language celebration.  Click below and find out more about where to start, who to involve, what to include, when to organise, how to find support and how others have developed language celebrations.

The Heritage and Community Language Celebration Guidelines (PDF - 6.9mb*)

Ministers Press Release

If you have any queries please email us ethnic.communities@dia.govt.nz

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