August 2013

Are you enrolled to vote?

Are you enrolled to vote?
To vote in the 2013 Local Elections, you need to be enrolled on the electoral roll.
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Are you enrolled to vote?

Elections - vote here sign

To vote in the 2013 Local Elections, you need to be enrolled on the electoral roll.

Voting papers are mailed out to people who have enrolled and need to be filled in, and mailed back by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October. Everyone who was correctly enrolled by Friday 16 August 2013 will get their voting papers for the 2013 local elections sent to them in the mail.

Does Islam have an image problem?

Does Islam have an image problem?
This was one of the topics at a series of talks hosted by the New Zealand Muslim community in August.
to left Maliha Sani, Waseema Ahmad, Dr Ingrid Mattson, Munira Khanum, Sidra Khan, Sahar Farhat
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Building Bridges - connecting Muslims in NZ to non-Muslims

The Office of Ethnic Affairs has worked with the New Zealand Muslim community on the Building Bridges Programme since 2005. The programme aims to create better connections, meaningful collaboration and open communication to support the maintenance of New Zealand’s social harmony. We also recognise that New Zealand Muslims not only contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy but provide New Zealand with a pathway to trade with the Muslim world.

Why we celebrate cultural events

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With the recent celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid al Fitr, the Office of Ethnic Affairs' Director, Mervin Singham looks at the significance of acknowledging New Zealand's cultural diversity by celebrating important cultural events.

Muslim World Forum

Image of Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque

23 November 2013


The Muslim World Forum is open to all with an interest in the contemporary issues relating to New Zealand’s relationship with the Muslim world and the New Zealand Muslim community.

Muslim forum a first for New Zealand

Muslim forum a first for New Zealand
Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins has announced plans are underway for an official Muslim forum to be held in November.
Minister with the High Commissioners of Pakistan (Left) and Malaysia (Right)
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Conference on Contemporary China

LtoR: Jane Golley - Australia, Dr Jason Young - New Zealand, Dr Paul Irwin Crookes - UK

On 20 and 21 August, the 2013 Wellington Conference on Contemporary China was hosted by the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre.

History of Chinese immigration now online

Image of a Chinese New Zealander (from the online Exhibition)

The documented history of Chinese immigration to New Zealand from the 1880s, including their requirement to pay a poll tax, has been put together by a team from Archives New Zealand with the assistance of the Office of Ethnic Affairs. An inventory of records of Chinese immigrants held by Archives New Zealand is now available in the Australian e-journal Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies (volume 6).

Recognition for Hamilton Settlement Services

John Bercow with Waikato Migrant Resource Centre Staff

Hamilton settlement services are getting International recognition again. The United Kingdom Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow, took time in a brief visit to New Zealand to head to Hamilton. He was interested in the settlement journey of the Somalis and the recent arrival of Afghani interpreters.