• Visa processing moves online

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    Immigration New Zealand Auckland Central Visa Services counter services at 280 Queen Street are closing permanently 4 pm on Friday 21 December 2018.  There will be no drop box at this location.

    This is because Immigration New Zealand is moving to a largely online model of visa processing, to make the process faster, more accurate and more consistent.

  • The 4th Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

    Attendees at the Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

    The Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium was held on 21 November 2018. Over 100 people attended from various fields including academia, tourism and public service. The Office of Ethnic Communities was also represented. 

  • Nominations and appointments process

    When a board role becomes available, the Office of Ethnic Communities assists the appointing agency or Minister to find suitable candidates. Candidates who meet the criteria for the role are identified using our database and we make contact to confirm their interest in applying. In some cases interested candidates will be provided with the role details so that they can nominate themselves directly to the agency.

  • Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Rebranding

    Attendees at the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Rebranding

    On 20 November 2018, the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) held its annual general meeting at Auckland’s Fickling Convention Centre. The event was an opportunity for ARMS to showcase some of their 2018 highlights, share their new name, and their strategy going forward.

  • Japan Festival celebrates Wellington and Sakai's sister city relationship

    The sixth Japan Festival Wellington held 24 November 2018 had something for everyone – food, performances, art, workshops, poetry, and activities for kids.

  • 'Double Bond' between Hungary and New Zealand

    Hungarian Dancers performing

    On 15 November 2018, the Embassy of Hungary hosted an exhibition of art, titled ‘Double Bond’, by New Zealand-Hungarian artists. The exhibit explored the connection between the two countries using a range of genres including painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibition opening was celebrated with Hungarian dancing.

  • Getting to know Anita Balakrishnan

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    We welcomed our new Director, Anita Balakrishnan, to the Office of Ethnic Communities on 3 December 2018.

    To get to know Anita better, we asked her a few questions:

  • Volunteers build resilient communities

    Attendees at the Civic participation workshop in Auckland

    International Volunteer Day takes place each year on 5 December. Led by the United Nations, International Volunteer Day is an opportunity for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work within communities.

  • Sport NZ Seeks Ethnic Communities' Input into Sport Integrity Consultation

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    Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) recently launched a nationwide public consultation on their review into sport integrity, and they want to hear from you!

  • Director's Update - November 2018

    Kia ora koutou katoa,

    Welcome to the November edition of our monthly newsletter. This is my last newsletter, as I complete my time with the Office of Ethnic Communities on 7 December 2018. We welcome Anita Balakrishnan as the Director from Monday, 3 December 2018.