• Travel the world in a day, right here in Auckland

    Image of Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with the Electoral Commission stand

    This month Office of Ethnic Communities attended the 17th annual Auckland International Cultural Festival held at Mount Roskill War Memorial Park. The Festival is a well-established key Auckland multicultural event organised by Auckland Council.

    Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga attended the festival and spoke about the value of celebrating and embracing cultural diversity.  

  • Settling In - online application training and application guidelines

    The next Settling In funding round will be done using a new online system replacing the paper based application form from previous years. All requests must be lodged in the new two people training at a deskonline system. [Training Workshops are now closed]

  • EthnicA 2014 Conference - Auckland

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    Building a Stronger New Zealand

    Join us as we celebrate the contributions that people of many ethnicities are making to build a more inclusive and economically sustainable New Zealand.

    The 2014 EthnicA conference programme will feature ethnic leaders and professionals whose success is built on their ability to "walk in two worlds". Hear also from emerging young ethnic leaders about the New Zealand they are working to create and be challenged to consider your own 'right to lead'.

  • Muslim World Forum

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    23 November 2013


    The Muslim World Forum is open to all with an interest in the contemporary issues relating to New Zealand’s relationship with the Muslim world and the New Zealand Muslim community.

  • Bangladesh community supports leprosy eradication work in Chittagong

    Mr Ataur Rahman visited the Leprosy Mission project in Bangladesh is seen talking to a beneficiary of the project in Chittagong

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs successfully connected the international leprosy agency,  The Leprosy Mission, with the small Bangladesh community in Auckland.

  • Ethnic diversity - a double edged sword

    Auckland is the most ethnically diverse city in the southern hemisphere. The Office of Ethnic Affairs' Director, Mervin Singham says it's here that the debate about the value of ethnic diversity is at its sharpest.

  • Aashirwad - better care for the elderly

    Acting Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Berlinda Chin (left) joins others at the opening of the new wing.

    A new wing that caters for the special needs of the elderly in the South Asian community in Auckland has been launched at the David Lange Care Home in Mangere East. The new wing, opened on 10 January 2013, is named "Aashirwad" which means Blessings.

    The move follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Bupa Care Services and the Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust to deliver culturally appropriate care for South Asian community elders in November  2012.

  • Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian

    Cover of the booklet "Caste Away"

    'Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian' is a fascinating booklet about the history of Maori Indian communities in New Zealand

    The research has been conducted by Dr Edwina Pio, Associate Professor at the Business and Law School of AUT University, Auckland, in association with the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

    The book explores the experiences of those from a mixed Māori/Indian background.

  • Contact us

    General enquiries and Wellington Office

    Office of Ethnic Communities
    PO Box 805
    45 Pipitea Street
    Wellington 6011

    Telephone: +64 4 494 5784

  • Connecting entrepreneurs

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs demonstrated its new business matching database at the recent Auckland Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo.

    The Expo attracted 3,500 people to the ASB Showground on 10, 11 and 12 August.