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  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a conversation with Naomi Tocher

    Naomi Tocker with Vanessa receiving the Implementation and Practice Award.

    This year we celebrate New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.

    ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is a Wellington based, non-government organisation, representing communities from former refugee backgrounds. The organisation has many initiatives designed to live out their vision of New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life.

  • Director's Update - April 2018

    Tena koutou katoa

    April was another busy month at the Office of Ethnic Communities with Easter break now seeming a distant memory.  I’d like to take the opportunity once again to thank the dedicated staff of the Office, and all the passionate and committed representatives of diverse ethnic communities that engage with us, to make this work possible. 

  • Minister's Update - April 2018

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities

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

  • Lest We Forget The Other – Chinese and Indian contributions to ANZAC

    The New Zealand Indian Central Association and New Zealand Chinese Association recently collaborated on an exhibition in Wellington to honour the service of Indian and Chinese New Zealanders in the First World War.  The exhibition was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park between 25 November 2017 and 25 March 2018.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: Pohswan Narayanan

    Pohswan Narayanan is a strong voice for equality and inclusion in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

  • Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust

    On 12 April, over 150 families and friends attended the Hamilton Multicultural Services (HMS) Trust graduation evening at the WINTEC Atrium, Hamilton.

  • Nominations are now open for the Health Volunteer Awards

    2018 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards logo

    Do you know an unsung hero in New Zealand’s health and disability system? The Minister of Health is looking for nominations for this year’s Health Volunteer Awards.

    From helping people navigate their way around hospitals and health services, to providing at home or community support and assistance to people who need it, health volunteers make life better for people in many ways.

  • Census 2018 operations update

    Image With the Hazard sign in red with Is your Census Overdue? in white

    A third letter has been sent to approximately 180,000 households last week, with a message to remind people that taking part in the census is compulsory. Census forms are now overdue, but it’s not too late to take part.

  • Japan Day 2018

    On the 4th March the Japanese Society of Canterbury celebrated Japan day in Christchurch. The Japanese language students from Avonside Girls High led the opening ceremony with a rousing dance routine. Avonside Girls have taught Japanese for over 40 years and has supported cultural exchanges and school visits through the Kurashiki student goodwill student exchange.

  • Director's Update - March 2018

    Image of Cathrine Austin (Austin) Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    A month into my role as Acting Director, Office of Ethnic Communities, I already feel at home here. The support and dedication of the hard-working team of professionals at the Office has played a big part in this, for which I am very grateful.