February 2015

Register now for 'Money Matters' - Building Sustainable Funding Workshops

keyboard, pen, glasses on printed financial spreadsheets

The Office of Ethnic Communities is pleased to invite you to its series of Building Sustainable Funding Workshops, aimed at helping you get funding for your community organisation.

We’re partnering with Philanthropy New Zealand on workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to help community organisations build a better understanding of the not-for-profit sector, including the best places to seek funding and how to develop robust commercial funding proposals for accessing funding.

Director's Update February 2015

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Kong Hei Fatt Choy

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Spring Festival to all.

Here’s hoping you have all had the opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities this annual celebration has to offer. Chinese New Year is an occasion for most Chinese families to gather for annual reunion dinners. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house during this auspicious season, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and make change for more opportunities and good luck.

Change is also in the air for us at Ethnic Affairs. As of Monday, the Office of Ethnic Affairs is now known as the Office of Ethnic Communities. This change aligns with the renaming of the ministerial portfolio from Ethnic Affairs to Ethnic Communities after the last election.    

Minister's Update - February 2015

The last month has been dominated by the Chinese Lunar New Year and I have been attending many functions celebrating this important time for a large group in our diverse ethnic communities.

Among these many celebrations marking the Year of the Sheep was a function at Parliament’s Banquet Hall which I hosted and which was attended by the Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key and more than 200 guests.

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Prime Minister John Key and Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Liga with the Poon Fah Lion Dancers at New Zealand Parliament Buildin

Happy Chinese New Year

More than 200 people joined staff from the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA), the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, and members of the Chinese community at Parliament last night to welcome in the Year of the Sheep.

Lining up Language: Navigating Government Policy

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Event date: 
Thursday, 26 March 2015 - Friday, 27 March 2015

The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to host Lining up Language: Navigating Policy and Programmes, a two-day conference aimed at fostering discussion about government policy and activity in relation to language use and learning in New Zealand.

New Kiwis tell their stories in ‘Choice Whiriwhiria’

Choice Whiriwhiria book cover

Choice Whiriwhiria: The New Zealand citizenship story is a commemorative book launched by the Department of Internal Affairs which celebrates our nationhood, acknowledges the commitment new citizens make and showcases the value of citizenship to the individual and New Zealand.