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  • Suffrage 125 Fund celebrates women artists of diverse cultural backgrounds

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    The new Suffrage 125 Arts Fund, part of the Suffrage 125 commemorations, is led by the Ministry for Women in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Fund supports high quality arts projects that recognise the contribution to women’s rights, by women from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

  • Farewell to Tayyaba Khan

    Tayyaba Khan

    This week, we bid farewell to our colleague, Tayyaba Khan, who is moving on from the Office of Ethnic Communities to explore new adventures.

    In her time as Manager Community Engagement, Tayyaba has made a marked and appreciated contribution to the Office of Ethnic Communities. Many of you have had the pleasure to meet Tayyaba during her time here, and see her dedication to our ethnic communities.

  • Office of Ethnic Communities civic participation project

    Attendees at the Civic participation workshop

    On Friday 7 December 2018, the Office of Ethnic Communities concluded the face to face consultations for our civic participation project.

    The aim of this project is to reduce barriers and create opportunities for ethnic communities to engage in all aspects of New Zealand civic life.

    We spoke to more than 300 members of ethnic communities across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to understand their views and experiences of civic participation. 

  • Farewell to Vivien Verheijen

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    Many of you will know Dr Vivien Verheijen, Senior Diversity and Engagement Advisor, who has been with the Office of Ethnic Communities for 11 years. She recently completed her doctorate and is moving on to new ventures. Congratulations Viv, and we’ll miss you!

  • Cherry Blossom Festival and Art Salon held in Auckland

    Some of the attendees at the Cherry Blossom Festival

    Auckland’s Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple held its annual two day Cherry Blossom festival on 24 and 25 November 2018. 

    The festival welcomed spring and celebrated the beauty of cherry blossoms with musical performances, a blessing ceremony for babies and children, tea meditation, and vegetarian food stalls to coincide with International Vegetarian Day.

  • 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. 

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  • Belonging to a board

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    The purpose of a board is to provide leadership and direction and devise strategy for the organisation. Members of a board focus on the high-level planning for a business or entity, rather than the day to day operations. The board must ensure that:

    • Finances are sound
    • Operations are legal
    • Procedures are working
    • Assets are safe
    • All tasks are carried out in the public interest

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  • 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.