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  • The Reed Pen’s Tale

    Image of Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary and some of his calligraphy

    Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary’s (Ali) an Afghanistan-born calligraphy artist, opened his first New Zealand solo exhibition on Friday 8 December 2017.

    Celebrating Persian calligraphy and the resilience of an artist from a refugee background, the exhibition, titled the Reed Pen’s Tale, was launched at the Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland. The exhibition features 12 distinctive Persian calligraphic works.

  • Director's Update - November 2017

    Image of Hon Jenny Salesa Minister for Ethnic Communities (Foreground) with Michael Wood MP background

    The Office of Ethnic Communities warmly welcomes our Minister, the Hon Jenny Salesa, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Michael Wood MP. We will be supporting the Minister and Under-Secretary to deliver the Government’s priorities to ensure that ethnic diversity is a source of strength for New Zealand, and brings new insights, skills and opportunities to everyone in our society.

  • Defining moments: Women in Leadership

    Image of left-to-right Maysoon Salama, Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen

    The Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) is a group that was formed in 1991 to cater specifically for the needs of Muslim women around New Zealand. Maysoon Salama, National Coordinator, and Anjum Rahman and Aliya Danzeisen, Assistant National Coordinators, are leaders within their own ethnic communities, serve on a range of boards, have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are highly entrepreneurial. They share some of their thoughts about their own journeys, life and leadership.

  • Ancient instrument played at festival

    Image of Candy Wu Zhang playing the guqin ancient seven-string Chinese instrument.

    Candy Wu Zhang played the guqin, an ancient seven-string Chinese instrument, at the Gold Silk International Musical and Cultural Festival 2017. The guqin has a three thousand year history so is often referred to as the “instrument of the ages”. It is noted for its great subtlety of sound and revered for its association with scholars and literati particularly the Chinese philosopher Confucius.

  • In remembrance: Councillor Philip Yeung

    Image of Councillor Philip Yeung

    The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councillor Phillip Yeung on 29 September in Hamilton, aged 60.

  • Population projections

    Image of Statistics NZ graph on projected ethnic populations of New Zealand 2013 - 2038

    On 3 October 2017, Statistics New Zealand released an update of their population projections, which states that the four largest ethnic population groups in New Zealand are projected to grow between 2013 and 2038.

  • SmartStart

    Image looking over the shoulder of somebody using an ipad and a phone to connect with SmartStart

    Have you seen SmartStart?  Given the projections for New Zealand’s increasing population, it’s a very smart way for new parents to get step-by-step information to help them and their babies get off to the best start!

  • Potting Up for Khaled

    Image of some of the volunteers supporting Khaled Al Jouja and family

    Office of Ethnic Communities Senior Services Advisor, Craig Nicholson and son Noa recently spent a few hours volunteering to support Khaled Al Jouja and family – along with around 500 other volunteers.

  • New Connections Inspiring Christchurch

    Image of Issac Winsley - Inspiring Stories Charitable Trust

    Isaac Winsley from the social enterprise Inspiring Stories Charitable Trust, visited the Office of Ethnic Communities in Christchurch recently to talk about the trust’s vision - “To see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change their world”. A key topic of discussion was the trust’s desire to expand its connections with young people from diverse communities in the South Island.

  • Justice promoting diversity in the workplace

    Image of volunteers and organisers for the Ministry of Justice Diwali Celebration

    More than 200 people from Wellington’s Courts and Ministry of Justice offices got together on the 13 October and enjoyed an authentic Indian lunch to celebrate Diwali, the annual Hindu Festival of Lights.