• Wellington Chinese Women’s Association hosts women’s forum

    Wellington Chinese Women’s Association recently held a forum for Chinese women to come together, share experiences and support each other in their settlement journey.

  • Young leaders attend royal reception

    Duchess of Sussex talking with a group of young leaders

    Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, recently visited New Zealand. In honour of their visit, the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern hosted a reception on 30 October 2018 at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, supported by the Office of Ethnic Communities. The Office of Ethnic Communities recommended a group of young leaders from the Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, and Pakistani communities to participate in the event.

  • Diwali at Manukau Police Station

    Performers at Diwali

    The Counties Manukau branch of New Zealand Police jointly celebrated Diwali at Manukau Police Station on 30 October 2018, in partnership with Department of Corrections.

  • Minister stresses importance of ethnic people having say in future of New Zealand education

    Hon Jenny Salesa, the Minister for Ethnic Communities (Left) and Cathleen Wang (right) year 10 student from Burnside High School

    A meeting about the involvement of ethnic communities in the future of New Zealand’s education system has been hailed as a success by the Office of Ethnic Communities.

  • Director's Update - May 2018

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

    The Office of Ethnic Communities had a busy month organising the 2018 Safer Communities Ministerial Forum, which took place on May 26 in Auckland. The Forum brought together Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries from the Ethnic Communities, Justice, and Police portfolios. Together with ethnic community leaders we collaborated on sustainable, long-term interventions aimed at improving safety in our communities.

  • Chinese New Settlers Service Trust begins a new chapter

    Image of the Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, with Jenny Wang unveiling the plaque

    The Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Jenny Salesa, along with other dignitaries opened Kotuku House on the 28 March 2018.

  • Wellington Council consults on te reo Māori

    Image of the consultation document with a waka on the harbour on the bottom of the document.

    On Waitangi Day, Wellington City Council announced a consultation on how the city uses and recognises te reo Māori.

    The consultation follows a promise Mayor Justin Lester made during te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week), when he said Wellington would work towards becoming a te reo Māori city.

  • Losing momentum school leavers Asia engagement

    Image of the Asian New Zealand Foundation logo

    The Asia New Zealand Foundation has released a report, Losing Momentum – School Leavers’ Asia Engagement, which looks at New Zealand school leavers’ readiness for engaging with Asia. The report outlines the results of a survey of more than 1,000 senior school students and their level of Asia awareness. The questions asked were about cultural competencies and knowledge of Asia, and the perceived importance of Asia to New Zealand.

    The key findings compared an earlier baseline survey conducted in 2012 and found that:

  • Sharing information to combat global tax evasion

    Image of Inland Revenue Logo

    The Government has signed up to the global automatic exchange of information (AEOI) initiative led by the OECD. We’re one of 100 countries that will automatically share some financial account information about foreign tax residents. All countries will use the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) to identify and report on financial accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents.

  • He Tohu – The Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition have moved

    Image of the constitutional documents being moved

    Our most iconic constitutional documents were moved in the early hours of Saturday morning (22 April) in an emotional and uplifting atmosphere.

    At 4am a pūtātara heralded the start of the journey from Archives New Zealand to their new home at the National Library in Wellington.