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  • Trailblazers - inspiring stories from migrant women entrepreneurs

    Trailblazers is a collection of inspirational journeys of first generation, migrant women business entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

    Read about their passion and motivation to achieve success.

    Trailblazers (PDF 769KB)

  • About us

    Group of diverse children around a globe

    Who we are

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is the Government’s advisor on ethnic diversity in New Zealand.

  • Community Photos

    A police officer interacts with the community, Auckland

    In 2012 we invited you to send us your photos that represented  the concept of “connecting with the community.”

    We are hoping to build on these photos year-by-year to create a photographic archive which, in time, will provide a fascinating glimpse into the way things may have changed.

    2012 photos

    If you’d like to be involved, please send your photos to ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz with “community photo” in the information line.
     

  • Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian

    Cover of the booklet "Caste Away"

    'Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian' is a fascinating booklet about the history of Maori Indian communities in New Zealand

    The research has been conducted by Dr Edwina Pio, Associate Professor at the Business and Law School of AUT University, Auckland, in association with the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

    The book explores the experiences of those from a mixed Māori/Indian background.

  • 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