• 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.

  • Neighbourly Morning Tea

    Please join us this Labour Weekend to celebrate New Zealand’s cultural and ethnic diversity and the contribution to our communities made by migrants, new comers and refugees, by hosting a Neighbourly Morning Tea.

    As Neighbourly members we invite you to bring together your neighbours by hosting a Morning Tea to celebrate all cultures that come together to make New Zealand a great society.

  • Making contributions to the New Zealand-China relationship

    CNSST Managers and their Trustees

    Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST) was a finalist for one of the HSBC and New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) China Business Awards this year. Established in 2004 to celebrate companies with successful business or investment relationships between New Zealand and China, the HSBC NZCTA China Business Awards are a fast track to business and investment success with China.

  • Register now for 'Money Matters' - Building Sustainable Funding Workshops

    keyboard, pen, glasses on printed financial spreadsheets

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is pleased to invite you to its series of Building Sustainable Funding Workshops, aimed at helping you get funding for your community organisation.

    We’re partnering with Philanthropy New Zealand on workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to help community organisations build a better understanding of the not-for-profit sector, including the best places to seek funding and how to develop robust commercial funding proposals for accessing funding.

  • The Auckland Refugee Community Coalition – making a difference

    Image of Berlinda Chin and Abann Yor are holding a painting depicting journey of refugees into NZ.

    Finding out more about the community in Auckland and giving them an update on the work of the Office of Ethnic Affairs was the motivation for a visit by Director, Berlinda Chin and Senior Ethnic Affairs Advisor, Bernard Gomes to the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition (ARCC).

  • Office of Ethnic Affairs hold 2nd Korean Non Government Organisation forum

    Sooyoung Lee from Korean Women's Network, Lisa Lee Master of Ceremonies and Parliamentary Private Secretary Melissa Lee

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs held the 2nd Korean Non Government Organisation Forum in Auckland on Saturday 9 March in collaboration with the Community Operations team of Department of Internal Affairs and with generous support from AUT University.

    The forum was held to build the governance and management capacity of Korean organisations and community groups.

  • Funding opportunities available

    The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust (CPTHT) is currently receiving applications for funding.  Applications must be submitted by 5pm 2 April 2013.

    The CPTHT funds projects that improve understanding of the Chinese community in New Zealand and strengthen the unique identity of Chinese New Zealanders.  Applicants do not have to be Chinese or descendants of early settlers.

  • Community Photos

    A police officer interacts with the community, Auckland

    In 2012 we invited you to send us your photos that represented  the concept of “connecting with the community.”

    We are hoping to build on these photos year-by-year to create a photographic archive which, in time, will provide a fascinating glimpse into the way things may have changed.

    2012 photos

    If you’d like to be involved, please send your photos to with “community photo” in the information line.

  • Chinese Poll Tax

    Jim Ng, Chair of the first Chinese Poll Tax Trust Board, 2005

    In 2002 the New Zealand Government apologised to the Chinese community, for those who had paid the Chinese poll tax and suffered other discrimination, and to their descendants.

  • Portraits

    Wolf Zimmerman and his brother and sister, William and Aiko Chun

    New Zealand's increasing ethnic diversity plays an important part in the country's vibrancy.

    The photos in this set of "Portraits:Youth" illustrate some of that diversity as well as the similarities that bind us all.

    We have a few hard copies left of the original "Portraits:Youth" booklet. If you'd like to receive a copy please email us on: