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  • Director's update - August 2018

    Image of Cathrine Austin - Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora koutou katoa

    Welcome to the Office of Ethnic Communities’ August newsletter.

    Education has been an ongoing area of focus for the Office this month. We are currently collaborating with the Education on the Education Conversation, to improve New Zealand’s education system for future generations. In September, the Office of Ethnic Communities will be assisting Education with three of its pan-ethnic consultations across Auckland, and identifying key themes and concerns raised by our ethnic communities around the NCEA system.

  • Live Your Dream – Ethnic Women in Entrepreneurship

    From Left to right next to Hetal Parmar - Cake Lounge, Shaila Bhatt - Smart Drive and Vanessa Gutierrez Maciel - Elderly IT

    What links a cupcake business, an ethnic driving school for women and an IT support and training service for the elderly?  These businesses all began with the Women Entrepreneurship Centre’s Live Your Dream workshops.

    The Women Entrepreneurship Centre, supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund, created the Live Your Dream workshops as leadership development courses for ethnic women. 

  • Minister's Update - August 2018

  • Director's Update - August 2018

  • Live Your Dream – Ethnic Women in Entrepreneurship

  • Minister's Update - August 2018

    Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo, and very warm greetings to all.

    This month, I was delighted to celebrate Indian Independence Day with so many of our New Zealand Indian families and friends, at Radio Tarana’s event in Auckland. It was very special to have so many of my Cabinet and parliamentary colleagues, as well as major community organisations attend. Well done to everyone who made this celebration a success.

  • Supporting Active Citizenship

    The team at SPLICE

    SPLICE, an Auckland-based movement aimed at connecting communities, has recently been supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund to launch Active Citizens in New Zealand.

    Active Citizens is a social leadership programme developed by the British Council.  The programme aims to build skills in intercultural awareness, problem-solving and positive community engagement. The programme has connected over 50 countries, and helped launch over 7,500 community-based social action projects.

  • The Ethnic Communities Development Fund is open for requests

  • Minister's Update - July 2018

  • Minister's Update - July 2018

    Hon Jenny Salesa - Minister for Ethnic Communities

    Kia ora, namaste, ni hao, mabuhay, anyoung haseyo, mālō e lelei and very warm greetings to you all.

    I began the month by visiting many bright year 7 and 8 students at St John the Evangelist School, in Ōtara. I shared with them my migration journey; from arriving as a Tongan teenager with English as a second language, to becoming a Cabinet Minister. It was a delight to meet such a diverse group of engaged students and future leaders. Many of our students and their families have similar migration journeys in coming to settle in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was a great opportunity to acknowledge their skills, and the ambition of positive changes they wish to bring about in South Auckland.