July 2018

Director's update - July 2018

Director's update - July 2018
At this time of year, the Office of Ethnic Communities also eagerly awaits the upcoming applications for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. If you would like to know more ...
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Building Positive Ethnic Community Leaders

Building Positive Ethnic Community Leaders
Each year the Office of Ethnic Communities supports a range of worthy community initiatives through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. Last year, we supported Umma Trust to set up a programme to empower refugee Muslim youth ...
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Reminder - fund dates for 2018 are set

Reminder - fund dates for 2018 are set
The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.
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Suffrage 125 Spotlight: Nirmala Narasimhan

Suffrage 125 Spotlight: Nirmala Narasimhan
his year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which succeeded in giving women in Aotearoa the right to vote. In recognition of this achievement, this month feature Nirmala Narasimhan who is a current champion for change for ethnic women.
Nirmala Narasimhan
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Director's update - July 2018

Kia ora

Welcome to the July edition of our monthly newsletter.  At this time of year, the Office of Ethnic Communities also eagerly awaits the upcoming applications for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. If you would like to know more about the Fund, or even receive some advice before submitting your application, please visit the Office of Ethnic Communities website or email us at community.matters@dia.govt.nz.

Building Positive Ethnic Community Leaders

Image of the boys of Blessed Movement

Each year the Office of Ethnic Communities supports a range of worthy community initiatives through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.  Last year, we supported Umma Trust to set up a programme to empower refugee Muslim youth to become mentors and role models for refugee children and youth in their local community. This resulted in a number of successful outcomes for youth.

Reminder - fund dates for 2018 are set

Image of group of people celebrating

The dates have been set for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018. There is one funding round a year.

Suffrage 125 Spotlight: Nirmala Narasimhan

Image of Nirmala Narasimhan

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, which succeeded in giving women in Aotearoa the right to vote. In recognition of this achievement, this month feature Nirmala Narasimhan who is a current champion for change for ethnic women.

International connections

Image of Candy Wu Zhang - Sister Cities Panellist - Image courtesy of NZ Herald

Sister Cities New Zealand is a national organisation established to promote peace by fostering exchanges between cities in New Zealand and abroad. It aims to facilitate cultural understanding, stimulate economic development and strengthen partnerships between New Zealanders, migrants and international communities.

Ashburton: A most Welcoming Community

New Zealand memorabilia

On 11 July, the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the launch of Ashburton District Council’s Welcoming Plan - Whakatau mai ki te rōhe o Hakatere.

The Welcoming Plan was created to encourage local communities to take a greater leadership role in helping newcomers to settle in their new home. The activities are structured around Immigration New Zealand’s standard for welcoming communities focusing on: inclusive leadership; welcoming communications; equitable access; connected and inclusive communities; economic development; business and employment; civic engagement and participation; welcoming public spaces; and culture and identity.