• Starting the Constitutional question

    All New Zealanders are invited to share their aspirations for this country and what matters to them most about how Aotearoa New Zealand is run in the future.

    The Constitutional Advisory Panel will actively seek a broad range of views on New Zealand’s constitution in the first half of 2013. Panel co-chair Sir Tipene O’Regan says: “The review is a chance for us to think about this country’s future. What kind of place do we want our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to live in?”

  • Solidarity protest against rape highlights family violence

    Protestors with black scarves over their mouths as they take part in the silent protest

    Several hundred protesters gathered in Auckland and Wellington on Saturday 19 January in solidarity with demonstrations across India against the continued perpetration of rape.  Demonstrations have been held worldwide following the recent death of a young Indian woman who was brutally raped in New Delhi.

  • Training success for Unitec Institute of Technology

    Photograph of Berlinda Chin - presenting certificates to Unitec staff

    New Zealand’s largest institute of technology, Unitec, has been recognised by the Office of Ethnic Affairs for its success in equipping its people to communicate across social and cultural boundaries.

    Unitec has around 2,100 staff and 23,000 students based on three campuses across Auckland. Students come from more than 80 different countries and take courses in a wide range of disciplines from nursing to architecture, computing to gas-fitting.

    Since 2011 Unitec has been using the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) Training Programme.

  • Are you interested in helping to make decisions in the public sector?

    Photograph of ethnic business woman

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has a database of ethnic New Zealanders who are suitably qualified to be considered for appointment to a number of government boards, committees and advisory groups, including those of Crown companies.

    The positions are an excellent opportunity to contribute to the prosperity and strength of New Zealand’s economy and communities.  Ethnic people can register their interest and availability to take up board appointments.

    To be considered for these roles you need to display one or more of the following characteristics:

  • New guide for visitors to China launched

    Photograph of the China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China booklet

    A new booklet, China 101 An introduction to travelling and working in China, was launched at a ceremony organised by the University of Auckland’s Confucius Institute during Chinese State Councillor Liu Yandong’s recent visit to New Zealand.

    State Councillor Liu’s visit took place ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China on 22 December. Her visit highlighted the strong links New Zealand and China have in science, technology and education, and the intention to boost co-operation between our two countries in these areas.

  • Supporting ethnic entrepreneurs

    Photograph of Christchurch Social Enterprise workshop attendees

    The first Office of Ethnic Affairs’ led intensive training programme on social enterprise for ethnic entrepreneurs was held in Christchurch on Saturday 1 December.

    Social enterprises are organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

  • Young Leaders tackle the complexities of culture

    Photograph of Berlinda Chin

    Figuring out how culture affects real life experiences was the challenge put to members of our Young Leaders Auckland Pilot Programme at their most recent training session.

    Role play and discussion were used to improve understanding about the complexities of culture, effective communication and the importance of cultural self awareness.

    The importance of understanding unconscious bias which influences our attitudes and behaviour was also a focus.

  • Wellington stakeholders meet for their quarterly meeting

    Attendees at the Wellington stakeholder meeting

    The last quarterly meeting of the year for Wellington stakeholders was held on Wednesday 14 November.

  • Family violence activities

    White Ribbon - Stop Family Violence logo

    White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is an international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.

  • Chilean Artist inspired by Wellington coastline

    Photograph of Playa Designs White lady sculpture

    Emerging Chilean Artist, Ronal Villalobos will host his first exhibition, Playa Designs, in Wellington from 19 -25 November 2012.

    Ronal is the founder of Playa Designs, and the creator and designer of a range of unique driftwood sculptures, mosaics, drawings and artwork. Ronal draws his inspiration from the coast, the beach, his native Chile and his new home, Wellington. In Spanish, “playa” means beach.