January 2019

Director's Update - January 2019

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I am thrilled to bring to you my first newsletter as the Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities (Te Tari Matawaka). To those who have already reached out to me by email or at events, thank you for the warm welcome and for being generous with your thoughts and knowledge.  I look forward to strengthening relationships and meeting many more communities in the coming weeks.

Multicultural Festival Celebrates Chinese New Year

Performers at the Multicultural Festival held in Te Papa Museum Wellington

The Multicultural Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year Gala Performance was held at Te Marae, Te Papa in Wellington on 26 January 2019.

This multicultural event, co-hosted by the Multicultural Council of Wellington and the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, featured Chinese, Indian, African, Russian, Polynesian, Latin American and New Zealand song and dance acts. Showcasing the cultural diversity of the local talent in Wellington, the evening was an opportunity to enjoy cross-cultural performances with beautiful costumes from communities in the Wellington region.

Portuguese in Aotearoa 1826-1886

Book cover of Portuguese in Aotearoa 1826-1886
Hilda McDonnell is a former librarian with a fascination for social history. Her commitment to preservation and passion for history lead her to write Portuguese in Aotearoa, an investigation into the lives of early settlers originally of Portuguese nationality.
Portuguese settlers were among the first immigrants to New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ministry of Youth Development fund opening

Ministry of Youth Development logo

The Ministry of Youth Development is set to open two new funding streams: Youth Development and Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

The Youth Development funding stream supports the wellbeing of young people by funding holistic programmes and services that emphasise identity, belonging, connectedness and the strengths of young people. There is approximately $3 million available in this stream in 2019/2020. Applications will open on 28 January and close on 22 February 2019.

Suffrage 125 Fund celebrates women artists of diverse cultural backgrounds

Creative New Zealand logo

The new Suffrage 125 Arts Fund, part of the Suffrage 125 commemorations, is led by the Ministry for Women in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Fund supports high quality arts projects that recognise the contribution to women’s rights, by women from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Farewell to Tayyaba Khan

Tayyaba Khan

This week, we bid farewell to our colleague, Tayyaba Khan, who is moving on from the Office of Ethnic Communities to explore new adventures.

In her time as Manager Community Engagement, Tayyaba has made a marked and appreciated contribution to the Office of Ethnic Communities. Many of you have had the pleasure to meet Tayyaba during her time here, and see her dedication to our ethnic communities.

New Family Violence Law takes effect

Poster for family violence ad

On 3 December 2018, strangulation or suffocation, coerced marriage or civil union, and assault on a family member were introduced as amendments to the Family Violence Act 2018. Now, these behaviours are prosecutable under the Act as practices of family violence. Changes have also been made to help reduce trauma and improve the court experience for victims of family violence. 

Office of Ethnic Communities Civic Participation Project

Office of Ethnic Communities Civic Participation Project
On Friday 7 December 2018, the Office of Ethnic Communities concluded the face to face consultations for our civic participation project.
Attendees at a Civic Participation Workshop
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Office of Ethnic Communities civic participation project

Attendees at the Civic participation workshop

On Friday 7 December 2018, the Office of Ethnic Communities concluded the face to face consultations for our civic participation project.

The aim of this project is to reduce barriers and create opportunities for ethnic communities to engage in all aspects of New Zealand civic life.

Farewell to Vivien Verheijen

Farewell to Vivien Verheijen
Many of you will know Dr Vivien Verheijen, Senior Diversity and Engagement Advisor, who recently completed her doctorate and is moving on to new ventures. Congratulations Viv, and we’ll miss you!
Image of Vivien Verheijen in front of a lake
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