• 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.

  • 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.

  • Blender Networking Events

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    Free Networking Opportunity

    Join guest speaker Malcolm Rands (Ecoman), Chief Executive Officer of ecostore, and Master of Ceremonies Simon Shepherd, Reporter/Representer at TV3 for a night of learning, inspiration and networking.

  • Indian Newslink Business Awards

    Steven Joyce with the Supreme Business Award winner Vinod Kumar and category sponsors Tejal Ranchhod and Raman Ranchhod.

    Ten succesful business people received awards for business excellence at an awards ceremony held  by Indian Newslink, an Indian newspaper. About 800 people attended the award ceremony on 18 November at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.

  • Social enterprise

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    A social enterprise is an organisation that uses business activities to support social, cultural or environmental objectives.

    A social enterprise operates like a business, but instead of distributing profits to shareholders or individuals, they are used for a social purpose, to support the organisation’s mission to benefit wider society or specific groups of people.

  • Knowledge Workshop for migrant Small and Medium Enterprises

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    The Office of Ethnic Affairs held a Knowledge Workshop for migrant Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Auckland on Tuesday 19 March in collaboration with Auckland Council, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), and Westpac.

  • International Women's Day Christchurch - 8th March 2013

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    The Office of Ethnic Affairs was proud to support the Canterbury Women’s Business Association project to host the International Women’s day celebrations on 8 March in Christchurch. The Canterbury Women’s Business Association project started last year and aims to encourage small business and entrepreneurship amongst its women participants through the development of skills in arts and culture.

  • Enhanced EPIC NZ website now live!

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    New features, faster business searches, social media integration, a new look, and much more!

  • Building business networks in Australia

    Presenter, Anukool Sathu, an Intercultural Advisor at the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs' project to help ethnic small and medium sized enterprises has been showcased at an international conference in Australia.

    Intercultural Advisor, Anukool Sathu, delivered the presentation at the Economic Development Conference held in Cairns on 18 September at a session highlighting the strategies that can be implemented to maximise the economic contribution of migrants in countries like New Zealand and Australia.

  • Connecting and building businesses

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