Organisational Structure

The Office of Ethnic Affairs was launched in May 2001 and is part of Internal Affairs. On 2 March 2015 the name changed to the Office of Ethnic Communities to align with the ministerial portfolio.

Our acting Director is Anita Balakrishnan.

There are three teams: Community Engagement, Policy and Research and Planning, Systems and Services.

Keep up to date with our projects and ethnic diversity issues by subscribing to our contact list. Email Please provide your name, contact phone number, your region and an email address.

We report to the Chief Executive of Internal Affairs, Paul James.

Our Minister for Ethnic Communities is Hon Jenny Salesa.

The Office of Ethnic Communities runs the government’s  Language Line telephone interpreting service which encourages equal access to government services for people with little or no English.

Free phone: 0800 656 656
Phone: 64 4 495 9448

The Ethnic Communities Development fund is the responsibility of the Office of Ethnic Communities the contact details for further information are below:

Free phone: 0800 824 824

Organisational Chart

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Organisational Chart (PDF 141kb)

Corporate Publications

You can find information about the Office of Ethnic Communities in Flourishing ethnic diversity; thriving New Zealand - Strategic Direction and Intent 2016 - 2020 or in the Internal Affairs’ Statement of Intent and the Annual Report. 

Information provided to incoming Ministers about the Ethnic Communities portfolio can also be found on the Internal Affairs website at the Briefings to Incoming Ministers page.

Employment Opportunities

To find out about employment opportunities at the Office of Ethnic Communities, please visit the Department of Internal Affairs Vacancies.

Official Information Act Request

To make an Official Information Act request, please follow the process as set out on the Internal Affairs website.