Director's Update - December 2017

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

Tēnā koutou [Hello]

This is our last newsletter for 2017. I hope this has been a rewarding year for you, your whanau [extended family] and communities.Give nothing to racism campaign image

The year has ended on a high note. The 2017 grants under the Ethnic Communities Development Fund have been allocated for projects on culture, leadership, and social cohesion. Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa has warmly congratulated the recipients. Our thanks go to all applicants for your continuing interest in the Fund.

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission's Give Nothing to Racism campaign has won the Supreme Award at the Asia-Pacific Communications Awards. On behalf of the Office of Ethnic Communities, I congratulate the Commission for this fantastic campaign which features many of New Zealand's best-known people and organisations.

The campaign's witty and potent videos have been viewed more than three million times and shared half a million times. Its message of not abetting racism, discrimination or intolerance has reached over five million people in 180 countries. This message is so important in our super-diverse society. I encourage you to share the campaign with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours so that we may all "Give Nothing to Racism".

Winning this Award was especially great timing as we celebrated International Human Rights Day on 10 December. This special day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

From January, I will be continuing my visits to ethnic community organisations around the country. If you have not come across the Office of Ethnic Communities, or would like to share a project or celebration with us, please contact us on ethnic.communities@dia.govt.nz.

I wish everyone a peaceful and happy summer holiday.

Ngā mihi o Te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa, nā [Happy New Year everyone]

Wen Powles