• Launch of the Community and Heritage Language Celebration Guidelines

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    This month we launched the Community and Heritage Language Celebration Guidelines.  This is a resource for you and your community to explain the process of planning a language celebration.

    New Zealand is home to more than 160 languages and this incredible cultural and linguistic diversity makes New Zealand a better place to live.  We developed the guidelines to recognise the importance of communities celebrating, maintaining and sharing their language and culture.

  • Fulbright Forum: embracing & advancing diversity

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    The people of New Zealand encompass many ethnicities, cultures, sexualities and religions but is that vast diversity reflected at leadership levels? This Fulbright Forum explores the benefits to New Zealand of genuinely embracing and advancing diversity for all people to feel supported and celebrated in their chosen fields.

  • Intercultural Capability Resources

    This resources page provides publications and other courses to support the Intercultural Capability eLearning modules.Image of books piled up

  • Lining up Languages

    If you build it, and it’s good, sometimes they really will come.

    That was certainly the case for the Office of Ethnic Communities in Wellington last week.  More than 150 people from around New Zealand gathered at Te Papa for the first ever Lining Up Languages: Navigating Policy and Programmes conference. Aimed at fostering discussion about government policy and activity in relation to language use and learning in New Zealand, the two-day conference brought together a range of speakers from government, academia and the private and not-for-profit sectors to work together to develop language use and learning in New Zealand.

  • Census paints detailed picture of ethnic groups – Media release

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    The average Dutch person living in New Zealand is more than twice as old as the average Tuvaluan, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics New Zealand today.

  • New research about older people in New Zealand.

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    The Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) at Massey University and the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit (FCPRU) have just released research that explores the living standards of older New Zealanders.

  • Languages in New Zealand

    People have come from all over the world to make New Zealand their home. As they do so, the range of languages spoken in New Zealand is becoming more diverse.

  • Language Information and Advice

    Information and advice about language.

  • Language Learning

    Language plays a critical role in all our lives; it determines who we interact with and how we are perceived. Learning a language can also help us learn about our heritage or connect with a culture different from our own. It can also bring employment or business opportunities. For most of us, learning a language starts in school.

  • Language Spoken by Birthplace

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    At the time of Census 2013, there were 2,980,824 New Zealand-born people living in this country and 1,001,787 people born overseas. Table 1 shows the percentage of these groups by the languages that they are able to speak.