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  • 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.

  • Minister's Update - March 2018

    Image of the Hon Minister Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities - speaking at the Holi festival celebration

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

  • Race Unity Speech Competition

    Entries to the Race Unity Speech competition are now open for year 11, 12 and 13 high school students.

  • In my own words - Ron Lal

    Image of Ron Lal

    Ron Lal is a Fijian-Indian New Zealander based in Auckland, and the co-founder of Momentum New Zealand. His creativity enables him to work with clients across multiple sectors. Ron’s purpose and passion lies in helping business owners understand the fundamentals of their business, their customers, and the environment they operate in.

  • Women stand proud

    Image of women at the International Women's Day celebration

    Over 200 women signed the Press for Progress letter at the recent International Women’s Day celebration on 8 March 2018, at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall.

  • Suffrage 125

    The Electoral Act 1893 was passed on 19 September 1893, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This year marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

  • Are you ready for governance roles?

    Image of 'My  Board Strengths' tool available from www.women.govt.nz

    The Office of Ethnic Communities facilitates the appointment of people from ethnic communities to State sector boards and committees.

  • Celebrating ethnic diversity in Parliament

    As Minister for Ethnic Communities, I’m privileged to be invited to many community events and to host special events in Parliament that celebrate the colourful ethnic diversity of Aotearoa.

    I recently hosted my first Chinese New Year parliamentary event, which has been a feature on the Parliamentary calendar since 2002. It was a great opportunity to meet key members from the Chinese community, as well as dignitaries and the general public.

  • Rescuing the Old Stone House in Canterbury

    Image of the Old Stone House in Canterbury

    On 7 February 2018 a large group of people witnessed Mayor Liane Dalziel re-open the Old Stone House in Canterbury. The Building is a monument to resilience having survived both fire and earthquakes.

    It also represents a key part of Canterbury's history. The Christchurch Suburb of Cashmere, where the building is located, takes its name from the estate of Sir John Cracroft, who, after a career in the East India company, retired to New Zealand and named his farm after Kashmir.

  • Celebrating diversity on International Mother Language Day

    Image of Mercury staff front row seated and back row standing in front of tables.

    Energy company Mercury has nearly 300 people in its Greenlane office, and this month it celebrated the strong diversity in its team on International Mother Language Day.

    The day celebrated the 20 or more ethnic groups within the Commercial Operations team; the people who make sure Mercury’s customers are well looked-after.