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  • Former Afghan Interpreters given New Zealand Citizenship

    The Council’s Kaumatua, Tame Pokaia, speaks at Kirikiriroa Marae during the Pōwhiri which preceded the Citizenship Ceremony

    On 22 June, 68 former Afghan interpreters and their families became New Zealand citizens at a very special ceremony at Kirikiriroa Marae, Hamilton.

    Over 200 people attended, including family, friends, Hamilton Mayor Andrew King, members of the New Zealand’s Defence and Police forces, local Iwi and city officials.

  • Leading the Dance

    Photo of the 3 Judges of The Great NZ Dance Masala (Shawn pictured at the back)along with the host, Colin Mathura-Jeffree

    Shawn Thomas making the Indian community proud through his creative achievements; he’s part of TV3’s The Great New Zealand Dance Masala, a competition showcasing a variety of dancing styles including classical, traditional, hip hop and Bollywood. Shawn a judge on this Indian-inspired dance show; the first of its kind.

  • Mitchell Pham receives Kea World Class New Zealand Award

    The Office of Ethnic Communities would like to congratulate Mitchell Pham on being the first ethnic migrant/refugee to receive the Kea World Class New Zealand Award for his contribution to the New Zealand technology sector and NZ-Asia relations.

  • Director's Update - June 2018

  • Minister's Update - June 2018

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  • Fund dates for 2018 are set

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  • Director's Update - June 2018

    Kia Ora! Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. While winter has well and truly settled in, the Office of Ethnic Communities remains as busy as ever.

    On 19 June, we joined members of our Muslim communities to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Parliament. I wish to extend my best wishes to all Muslims in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Minister's Update - June 2018

    Eid Mubarak.

    Ramadan came to an end on the evening of 14 June, signalling the start of Eid ul-Fitr. This time of year is particularly special for our Muslim communities, and it’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the Muslim New Zealanders who have made Aotearoa their home.

    The Eid ul-Fitr celebration I hosted in Parliament was a wonderful occasion, and a formal opportunity for such acknowledgement. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this joyous time with our Muslim brothers and sisters.