What's new

  • Chinese Poll Tax

    Jim Ng, Chair of the first Chinese Poll Tax Trust Board, 2005

    In 2002 the New Zealand Government apologised to the Chinese community, for those who had paid the Chinese poll tax and suffered other discrimination, and to their descendants.

  • Ethnicity data

    People from more than 200 different ethnicities live in New Zealand.

    Download this statistical snapshot (pdf) of New Zealand’s diversity.

    Whereabouts do people from ethnic communities live? What languages are spoken? What is the unemployment rate among ethnic communities? What health problems are an issue?

    Find out in our collection of data about ethnic people living in New Zealand.

    While Statistics New Zealand and other agencies collect a vast array of facts and figures, this is the first time that those applicable to ethnic people have been brought together in one place.

  • Portraits

    Wolf Zimmerman and his brother and sister, William and Aiko Chun

    New Zealand's increasing ethnic diversity plays an important part in the country's vibrancy.

    The photos in this set of "Portraits:Youth" illustrate some of that diversity as well as the similarities that bind us all.

    We have a few hard copies left of the original "Portraits:Youth" booklet. If you'd like to receive a copy please email us on:

    ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz

  • 150 Years of Croatians in New Zealand

    In July 2008, celebrations were held to mark 150 years of Croatian settlement in New Zealand.

    Watch this video to see images of the historical settlement and some traditional Croatian (including Dalmatian) music.

  • Contact us

    General enquiries and Wellington Office

    Office of Ethnic Communities
    PO Box 805
    45 Pipitea Street
    Thorndon
    Wellington 6011

    Telephone: +64 4 494 5784
    Email: ethnic.communities@dia.govt.nz

  • Young Leaders Pilot Programme opens in Auckland

  • Young Leaders Pilot Programme Opens in Auckland

    Rimon Nissan; Zahra Atai; Naima Ali; Fatumata Bah

    Potential leaders of the future met at the Office of Ethnic Affairs on 16 August to celebrate the opening of the 2012-13 Young Leaders Auckland Pilot (YLAP) Programme.

    Photos

    The programme is being delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Development and is aimed at building leadership potential and improving knowledge about how to succeed within government.

  • Connecting entrepreneurs

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs demonstrated its new business matching database at the recent Auckland Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo.

    The Expo attracted 3,500 people to the ASB Showground on 10, 11 and 12 August.

  • EPIC NZ database

    Connect with businesses overseas without leaving home!

    Are you a small or medium sized business wanting to connect with other businesses, find specific skills or resource or look at options overseas?

    A new database offers you just that.  Register Now!

  • Nominations Service

    Image of board meeting

    The Government has an expectation that State sector boards are representative of the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including ethnicity, gender, age and geographic location.

    The Office of Ethnic Communities maintains a database of suitably qualified people from within our mandated ethnic communities, who want to be considered for appointment to State sector boards, committees and advisory groups.