ethnic

  • The role of the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the workplace

    A group of ethnically diverse work colleagues

    By 2021 a quarter of the New Zealand workforce is expected to have been born overseas.

    This ethnic diversity offers huge opportunities to our economy, offering a rich resource of experience, skills and overseas connections which can add to New Zealand’s wealth

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs is working to unlock this potential to help build economic growth. We provide practical advice and support to ethnic people in the business sector and work with other government agencies to provide equal access to government services.

  • Ethnicity data

    People from more than 200 different ethnicities live in New Zealand.

    Download this statistical snapshot (pdf) of New Zealand’s diversity.

    Whereabouts do people from ethnic communities live? What languages are spoken? What is the unemployment rate among ethnic communities? What health problems are an issue?

    Find out in our collection of data about ethnic people living in New Zealand.

    While Statistics New Zealand and other agencies collect a vast array of facts and figures, this is the first time that those applicable to ethnic people have been brought together in one place.

  • Building Bridges - connecting Muslims in NZ to non-Muslims

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has worked with the New Zealand Muslim community on the Building Bridges Programme since 2005. The programme aims to create better connections, meaningful collaboration and open communication to support the maintenance of New Zealand’s social harmony. We also recognise that New Zealand Muslims not only contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy but provide New Zealand with a pathway to trade with the Muslim world.

  • Family violence and ethnic communities

    Family violence speaks many languages, has many colours, and lives in everyone’s community.

    We understand that family violence is a difficult thing to talk about.

    It creates a sense of shame for many ethnic communities. It arouses fear of alienation and stigmatisation.

    A critical step in its reduction is to ensure that family violence can be discussed without fear and that offenders and victims can seek help.

  • Connecting and building businesses

    Watch a video about our Connecting the Regions visit to Dunedin.

  • Trailblazers - inspiring stories from migrant women entrepreneurs

    Trailblazers is a collection of inspirational journeys of first generation, migrant women business entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

    Read about their passion and motivation to achieve success.

    Trailblazers (PDF 769KB)

  • About us

    Group of diverse children around a globe

    Who we are

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is the government’s authoritative advisor on ethnic diversity in New Zealand.

  • 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 ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz with “community photo” in the information line.
     

  • 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.

  • 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:

    ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz