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  • Celebrating ethnic diversity in Parliament

  • 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.

  • First Quarter 2018

  • 2018 Census is today

  • Public’s views on human rights sought

  • New office in Wellington

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An emerging leader, Siona Fernandes - a young Olympian gives back

    Born in the Goa, India. Siona Fernandes was raised in a vibrant culture of diverse, values, practices and beliefs. She left home at 15 to pursue a dance career (she is a PhD scholarship recipient) and shortly after moved with her family to New Zealand. Siona’s own personal experience as a migrant in New Zealand has shaped her understanding of how culture influences the role of the body in wellbeing. In Goa the geographic layout of neighbourhoods promotes social interaction creating more opportunities for incidental movement such as walking, visiting, and group play. Upon arriving in New Zealand Siona noted that this level of incidental movement disappeared from the lives of many Indian migrants.