Resource

  • Language Guidelines

    The Heritage and Community Language Celebration Guidelines (the guidelines) are a resource the Office of Ethnic Communities developed to support communities to celebrate and maintain their heritage languages.  The guidelines use plain language and give practical advice through the process of organising a language celebration.

  • Our Languages - Tō Tātou Reo

    Image of globe with Languages on itNew Zealand has three official languages: English, Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.  According to Census 2013, English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Hindi are the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand.

  • Contact Language Line

    Language Line has an enthusiastic team ready to help with questions, resources and training.Language Line logo

  • The role of the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the workplace

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    By 2021 a quarter of the New Zealand workforce is expected to have been born overseas.

    This ethnic diversity offers huge opportunities to our economy, offering a rich resource of experience, skills and overseas connections which can add to New Zealand’s wealth

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs is working to unlock this potential to help build economic growth. We provide practical advice and support to ethnic people in the business sector and work with other government agencies to provide equal access to government services.

  • Recent Publications: Race in the Workplace

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    In February 2017, the independent review report by Baroness McGregor-Smith  on Race in the [British] Workplace was published. The review provides insights into issues faced by British businesses and public sector organisations in developing Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) talent in the workplace.

  • Interpreter?

    Language Line

    Do you know someone that needs an interpreter?

    Language Line can provide interpreters over the phone in 44 Languages.

    To get an interpreter, any member of the public can call or visit an organisation that has access to this service, just state the language needed.

    Language Line is available from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.

  • Flourishing Diversity; Thriving New Zealand

    Over the past 5 months I have had the privilege of meeting a wide range of people from ethnic communities, ethnic community leaders, NGOs and government agencies. You have all shared with me your passion and commitment for supporting strong ethnic communities and realising the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand. You have talked to me about the many ways in which you are working to support ethnic communities, and the ways in which you would like the Office for Ethnic Communities to support this work, advise government about the important issues for ethnic communities, deliver services like Language Line, and fund community initiatives that support ethnic communities and build social cohesion.

  • Measuring our Success

    Our work contributes to the Department of Internal Affairs’ overall strategic direction and outcomes. The Department’s Statement of Intent provides the high level framework which the Office of Ethnic Communities work attaches to.

    Image of Overarching outcome - connected citizens, communities and government, Focus areas - Strong more resolient communities and measure area - sense of community

  • Our Operating Principles

    mage of operating principles - we work from a strong knowledge base, we partner with others to deliver, we work through and influence others, we are proactive, agile and creative, we are disciplined in our focus on outcomes. On a green background

    Our Operating Principles are about how we work in the Office of Ethnic Communities, and they reflect the reality of being a relatively small Office with a broad operating context and an increasingly diverse population to serve.

  • Our Service Model

    Image of Service Model process map - Community Engagement feeds into and from policy and project services feed into each other and also into processes, systems and support which also feeds into community engagement.

    Our Service Model is a tool to help us think about our work internally in the context of a connected system and as part of the ‘diversity eco-system’.