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  • Heritage takes centre stage in Christchurch

    Crowd at the event hosted by Mayor Lianne Dalziel

    29 August 2018 marked the first anniversary of Christchurch City Council’s Multicultural Strategy, Our Future Together.  The strategy emphasises Christchurch’s continued efforts to rebuild a modern and inclusive city that reflects collective identity.

  • Youth Parliament

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    The Youth Parliament 2019 selection process is now open!

    There are two roles available to young people who are interested in participating in the programme, Youth Parliament Member and Youth Press Gallery Member.

  • Suffrage 125 Spotlight: Grace Ryu

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    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which gave all women in Aotearoa the right to vote.

    Grace Ryu was born in South Korea and arrived in New Zealand in 1997. She is the Operations Manager of the Asian Health Services at Waitemata District Health Board, and is on the ethnic advisory panel for English Language Partners (a Non-Government Organisation for former refugees and migrants). She was recently appointed as a panel member of the Ethnic Community Development Fund.

  • Christchurch, a refugee settlement, once again!

    Pictured with Hon Iain Lees-Galloway [Immigration Minister] are Hon Megan Woods [Minister Earthquake Commission] and Ahmed Tani

    On the 18th of August at the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister for Immigration, announced that the Government will reinstate Christchurch as a place for refugee resettlement.

  • Hamilton City Mayor welcomes international students

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    On the 15th August, His Worship Andrew King, Mayor of Hamilton, welcomed over 200 international students to the Hamilton region at an event jointly hosted by Hamilton City Council and Study Waikato. Students from countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asian nations attended the event reflecting ethnic diversity and a thriving New Zealand.

  • Have your say on the future of education

    Image of There's still time to have your say on the future of NCEA

    The Ministry of Education is working to understand what New Zealanders need and want from the education system.  

    Your views will help design an education system for the future – one that provides all New Zealanders with lifelong learning opportunities. You can find information about this on their website

  • Director's update - August 2018

    Image of Cathrine Austin - Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora koutou katoa

    Welcome to the Office of Ethnic Communities’ August newsletter.

    Education has been an ongoing area of focus for the Office this month. We are currently collaborating with the Education on the Education Conversation, to improve New Zealand’s education system for future generations. In September, the Office of Ethnic Communities will be assisting Education with three of its pan-ethnic consultations across Auckland, and identifying key themes and concerns raised by our ethnic communities around the NCEA system.

  • Live Your Dream – Ethnic Women in Entrepreneurship

    From Left to right next to Hetal Parmar - Cake Lounge, Shaila Bhatt - Smart Drive and Vanessa Gutierrez Maciel - Elderly IT

    What links a cupcake business, an ethnic driving school for women and an IT support and training service for the elderly?  These businesses all began with the Women Entrepreneurship Centre’s Live Your Dream workshops.

    The Women Entrepreneurship Centre, supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund, created the Live Your Dream workshops as leadership development courses for ethnic women. 

  • Minister's Update - August 2018

    Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

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

    This month, I was delighted to celebrate Indian Independence Day with so many of our New Zealand Indian families and friends, at Radio Tarana’s event in Auckland. It was very special to have so many of my Cabinet and parliamentary colleagues, as well as major community organisations attend. Well done to everyone who made this celebration a success.

  • Supporting Active Citizenship

    The team at SPLICE

    SPLICE, an Auckland-based movement aimed at connecting communities, has recently been supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund to launch Active Citizens in New Zealand.

    Active Citizens is a social leadership programme developed by the British Council.  The programme aims to build skills in intercultural awareness, problem-solving and positive community engagement. The programme has connected over 50 countries, and helped launch over 7,500 community-based social action projects.