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  • Privacy policy

    1. Purpose

    The purpose of this privacy policy is to let users of the Office of Ethnic Communities website (the “Site”) know when we collect personal information and what we do with it. We do not use, share or transfer personal information except as set out in this policy.

    Collection, storage and use

    2.  No need to disclose personal information

    The Site can be viewed and its web feeds can be subscribed to without the need to disclose any personal information to us.

  • How do I become a professional interpreter

    There are several institutions in New Zealand that have courses available. Unfortunately these courses are not known widely outside of New Zealand.

  • How do I become a Language Line interpreter

  • Contact Language Line

    Language Line has an enthusiastic team ready to help with questions, resources and training.Language Line logo

  • About this site

    Site Owner

    This is site is owned and maintained by Office of Ethnic Communities,  Department of Internal Affairs (external site).

  • 'Pathways to Metropolis' conference – immigration issues and futures

    Topical immigration subjects will be the focus of this year's 'Pathways to Metropolis in the 21st Century: Immigration Issues and Futures' conference being held in Auckland from 24 to 26 October.

    The conference will explore a range of issues:

  • Language Line adds Indonesian

    Indonesian people who speak little or no English can now get a helping hand from the telephone interpreting service, Language Line. Check out more information at www.languageline.govt.nz.

    More than 80 government agencies use Language Line, run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, which encourages equal access to government services for all.

    The decision to add Indonesian to Language Line follows a steady increase of requests for this language and reflects the growing bonds between New Zealand and Indonesia.


  • Building business networks in Australia

    Presenter, Anukool Sathu, an Intercultural Advisor at the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs' project to help ethnic small and medium sized enterprises has been showcased at an international conference in Australia.

    Intercultural Advisor, Anukool Sathu, delivered the presentation at the Economic Development Conference held in Cairns on 18 September at a session highlighting the strategies that can be implemented to maximise the economic contribution of migrants in countries like New Zealand and Australia.

  • Ethnic Leaders Forum

    The Ethnic Leaders Forum in Christchurch takes place once every three months.

    The day-long forums are focussed on leadership development, civic participation and collaboration across ethnic communities.

    It is open to ethnic leaders - but new participants interested in attending should enquire as places are limited to 45. 

    Please contact:
    Deborah Lam
    Senior Ethnic Affairs Advisor
    Telephone:03 339 5459

    Email: deborah.lam@dia.govt.nz

  • Workshops

    The Office of Ethnic Communities runs workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the lefthand side menu for specific events.

    people attending a workshop