Blog posts

  • We need to understand each other this Race Relations Day

    Image of Anita Balakrishnan

    The theme of this year’s Race Relations Day – ‘O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo – Our people, our cultures, our languages’ – is poignant and appropriate, says Anita Balakrishnan, Director, Office of Ethnic Communities.

  • Director's Update - 20 March 2019

    Image of Anita Balakrishnan

    Salaam alaykum. Tēnā koe.

    I have been spending time in Christchurch, meeting the brave and grieving people affected by the terrible events of last Friday. I’ve also connected with the Christchurch City Council and key central government agencies. What is noticeable is the effort and willingness among communities and government to develop coordinated responses in the short and long term for Christchurch’s communities. And the consensus that this must be led by communities for it to succeed.

  • Director's Update - 16 March 2019

    Our thoughts remain with those of you who are affected following yesterday's attack on the Muslim community.

  • Director's Update - February 2019

    Image of Anita Balakrishnan

    Tēnā koutou katoa,

    February has brought mostly beautiful weather for many places around the country, and I hope you have enjoyed the long days and warm evenings. The heat however, can cause it to get very dry in some regions. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the Nelson fires, including the many ethnic communities who have settled in the area. The strength of a community is so powerful at a time like this.

  • Director's Update - January 2019

    Tēnā koutou katoa,

    I am thrilled to bring to you my first newsletter as the Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities (Te Tari Matawaka). To those who have already reached out to me by email or at events, thank you for the warm welcome and for being generous with your thoughts and knowledge.  I look forward to strengthening relationships and meeting many more communities in the coming weeks.

  • Minister's Update - March 2018

    Image of the Hon Minister Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities - speaking at the Holi festival celebration

    Kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo and very warm greetings to everyone.

  • Director's Update - August 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.

  • Director's Update - August 2017

    Image of Wen Powles, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The General Election is just around the corner on Saturday 23 September. The Office of Ethnic Communities encourages all eligible voters from our communities to participate in this important exercise of democracy in New Zealand.

  • Minister's Update - August 2017

    Image of Hon Judith Collins

    This is a good time of year to consider opportunities for governance roles. The Office of Ethnic Communities keeps a database of New Zealanders from ethnic communities who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups. The nominations service seeks to increase ethnic representation in leadership and governance positions.

  • Minister's Update - July 2017

    Image of Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Judith Collins

    It has been a busy and successful few weeks in the Ethnic Communities portfolio.