Office of Ethnic Affairs

  • 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.

  • Introducing the Office of Ethnic Communities!

    the office of ethnic communities logo in colour

    You’ll notice some changes on this site from Monday 2 March. That’s because we’ve changed our name from The Office of Ethnic Affairs to The Office of Ethnic Communities.

    This change aligns with the renaming of the ministerial portfolio from Ethnic Affairs to Ethnic Communities that happened after the last election.

    But that’s not all that’s changing: we’ve also recently streamlined The Office of Ethnic Communities, ensuring teams are now better placed to work with local communities to help New Zealand move forward economically, socially and culturally.

    It also means we’re now able to not only work with ethnic communities and businesses, but are also able to use that experience to inform government policy and practice.

    We hope you’ll join all of us at The Office of Ethnic Communities for this exciting next phase in our journey.           

  • Speak Up, Seek Help, Safe Home

    The Speak Up, Seek Help, Safe Home family violence guide

    This guide, Speak Up, Seek Help, Safe Home, is to help women from different cultures and their families live without violence at home

    Speak Up, Seek Help, Safe Home leaflet (PDF 320 KB)

    Advice and help in other languages

    Services that provide advice and support are there to help everyone – women, men and children – no matter what their language or culture.