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  • MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity

  • MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity

    Image taken in 1922 of gathering of Indians at Grafton Bridge Auckland

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have funded ‘MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity - 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa’. Curated by the New Zealand Indian Central Association, this exhibition tells the story from the first Indian presence to pioneering settlers to established communities in New Zealand.

  • Looking for poems by writers with a migrant/former refugee background

    Adrienne Jansen, Carina Gallegos and ESOL students from Mana and Aotea Colleges read poems at My Name is not Refugee, an event a

    Landing Press, a small Wellington publisher, is inviting migrant and former refugee poets to send in their work for a collection to be published in October 2018.

    The book of poems will be a companion publication to ‘All of us’, a collection of poems on the themes of refugees and migrants, by Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a conversation with Naomi Tocher

  • Auckland Agency Group: Enabling a great international student experience

    Attendees at the Auckland Agency Group meeting.

    Each year, 130,000 international students representing 140 nationalities choose to study in New Zealand. Of these, 80,000 live in the Auckland region.

  • 15 years on: Maintaining language and faith in Christchurch

    Ibrahim Abdelhalim (centre) celebrating with parents/teachers.

    15 years ago, Ibrahim Abdelhalim and his wife Salwa started the annual Arabic language and Qur'an competition in Christchurch. Ibrahim, current president of the Canterbury African Council and long serving member of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, explains that the language group aims to teach all interested children the Arabic language, and Islamic culture as a means of creating harmony between diverse religious and ethnic groups. Ibrahim believes in promoting the peace and loving nature of Islam to the younger generation.

  • Surinder Tandon: Role model for active citizenship

    Surinder Tandon (Left) with the Governor General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae  (Right)

    In 2014, Dr Surinder Tandon received the insignia of a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) for services to the community, and in the field of textile science. The award recognises a life time of service to others from a man whose personal motto is ‘service above self’.

  • Suffrage 125 spotlight: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a conversation with Naomi Tocher

    Naomi Tocker with Vanessa receiving the Implementation and Practice Award.

    This year we celebrate New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.

    ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is a Wellington based, non-government organisation, representing communities from former refugee backgrounds. The organisation has many initiatives designed to live out their vision of New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life.

  • Director's Update - April 2018

  • Director's Update - April 2018

    Tena koutou katoa

    April was another busy month at the Office of Ethnic Communities with Easter break now seeming a distant memory.  I’d like to take the opportunity once again to thank the dedicated staff of the Office, and all the passionate and committed representatives of diverse ethnic communities that engage with us, to make this work possible.