Christchurch

  • Linwood Christchurch moves forward

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    Along with approximately 25 other agencies the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the agency stakeholder meeting to discuss the findings of the Linwood Development Aspirations Project. Agencies were invited to identify gaps in the projects understanding and analysis of the Linwood Heathcote area from the perspective of their agencies specific knowledge and to identify synergies which might impact on local government and community aspirations (social, economic, environmental and governance outcomes) for the area.

  • Best things in life are Free! So is Christchurch Holi Festival 2017

    Image of people at the Holi festival throwing colour. Words best things in life are free! So is Christchurch Holi Festival 2017

    Holi Festival 2017 will be bigger than ever and we’d love for you to part of it. Next year for the first time this popular Christchurch community event will have no entry fee to make it even more accessible. We’re expecting some 5,000 people. Holi is all about attracting life, colour and fun to our central city. Everyone is invited to come along, throw powder colours and dance, while enjoying DJs, traditional Indian games, cultural performances and festive Holi delicacies.

  • Empowering change 5 day programme – Christchurch

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    People are shaped by the life that they have experienced and for many, this has not always been a completely positive experience. Kiwi Family Trust help people to remove negative aspects of their conditioning by giving them useful tools and easy-to-learn techniques. This allows their own unique positivity to emerge.

  • Bollywood Dreams for Christchurch Dance Group

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    One of the Office of Ethnic Communities very own youth leaders Shawn Thomas, 22, was the force behind ‘Meri Padosan (PK)’. Based on the 1968 Indian Bollywood Classic film, it featured 45 local performers and 45 Bollywood dance medleys.

  • New Offices for Christchurch

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    The revitalisation of Christchurch’s CBD is one of the Government’s top priorities for 2016. With this in mind the Department of Internal Affairs along with Statistics NZ, NZ Transport Agency, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri, EECA and the Human Rights Commission are now all located in the same building.

  • 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]

  • Leading on from the leadership programme

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    Today the Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga recognised and congratulated Christchurch Young Leaders programme members for continuing their leadership learning journey by developing a digital website presence project funded and supported by the Ministry of Youth Development Fund 2015/2016.

  • Christchurch youth leader receives an honourable mention award

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    Shawn Kurian Thomas, 20 year old young leader who participated in the Christchurch Youth Leadership programme, recently received an honourable mention award from The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The two organisations invited youth from all over the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of PLURAL+, a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity, and social inclusion, as well as to share their creative vision with the world. Since 2009 over 400 entries from 63 countries have been submitted. Winning videos have been screened in dozens of festivals, and broadcast on television networks around the world.

  • NZ Diversity Forum - Christchurch 24 - 25 August 2014

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    The Office of Ethnic Affairs will be presenting two sessions at this year’s Diversity Forum. The theme this year is “Migrant and Refugee Employment: valuing diversity”.

  • EthnicA 2014 Conference - Christchurch

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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'.