Director's updates

  • Director's Update - March 2019

    Anita Balakrishnan, Director Office of Ethnic Communities

    As-salamu alaykum

    It’s a phrase I have heard a lot in the past 14 days, as I’ve met so many of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch. It feels like this experience has been going for longer than two weeks. The depth of the different stages of grief, and the awareness that this poses some hard questions for New Zealand to face, is so much to take in.

  • We need to understand each other this Race Relations Day

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    The theme of this year’s Race Relations Day – ‘O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo – Our people, our cultures, our languages’ – is poignant and appropriate, says Anita Balakrishnan, Director, Office of Ethnic Communities.

  • Director's Update - 20 March 2019

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    Salaam alaykum. Tēnā koe.

    I have been spending time in Christchurch, meeting the brave and grieving people affected by the terrible events of last Friday. I’ve also connected with the Christchurch City Council and key central government agencies. What is noticeable is the effort and willingness among communities and government to develop coordinated responses in the short and long term for Christchurch’s communities. And the consensus that this must be led by communities for it to succeed.

  • Director's Update - 16 March 2019

    Our thoughts remain with those of you who are affected following yesterday's attack on the Muslim community.

  • Director's Update - February 2019

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    Tēnā koutou katoa,

    February has brought mostly beautiful weather for many places around the country, and I hope you have enjoyed the long days and warm evenings. The heat however, can cause it to get very dry in some regions. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the Nelson fires, including the many ethnic communities who have settled in the area. The strength of a community is so powerful at a time like this.

  • 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.

  • Director's Update - November 2018

    Kia ora koutou katoa,

    Welcome to the November edition of our monthly newsletter. This is my last newsletter, as I complete my time with the Office of Ethnic Communities on 7 December 2018. We welcome Anita Balakrishnan as the Director from Monday, 3 December 2018.

  • Director's Update - October 2018

    Kia ora tātou

    It’s been another action-packed month for our people serving New Zealand’s diverse ethnic communities.

  • Director's Update - September 2018

    Kia ora, nĭ hăo and namaste!

    This month the Office of Ethnic Communities (OEC) celebrated Māori, Chinese, and Hindi language weeks.  We also observed the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement, and saw the release of the report on Diverse Thinking Capability Audit in New Zealand Boardrooms 2018.  These events allowed us to learn and share the rich languages, history, and innovations that we have here in Aotearoa. 

  • Director's update - August 2018

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    Kia ora koutou katoa

    Welcome to the Office of Ethnic Communities’ August newsletter.

    Education has been an ongoing area of focus for the Office this month. We are currently collaborating with the Education on the Education Conversation, to improve New Zealand’s education system for future generations. In September, the Office of Ethnic Communities will be assisting Education with three of its pan-ethnic consultations across Auckland, and identifying key themes and concerns raised by our ethnic communities around the NCEA system.