Publication

  • Ethnicity Matters - a guide to working with ethnic communities

    Anjena and Chamain Singh from Waikato

    This is a guide intended to help public sector organisations work with and respond to the needs of ethnic communities.

    It provides simple, easy and practical advice for policy staff about how to incorporate ethnic perspectives into the work of government. 

     Ethnicity Matters (PDF 524kb)

  • Director's Update - May 2018

    Image of Austin aka Cathrine Austin - Interim Director for the Office of Ethnic Communities

    The Office of Ethnic Communities had a busy month organising the 2018 Safer Communities Ministerial Forum, which took place on May 26 in Auckland. The Forum brought together Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries from the Ethnic Communities, Justice, and Police portfolios. Together with ethnic community leaders we collaborated on sustainable, long-term interventions aimed at improving safety in our communities.

  • Chinese New Settlers Service Trust begins a new chapter

    Image of the Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, with Jenny Wang unveiling the plaque

    The Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Jenny Salesa, along with other dignitaries opened Kotuku House on the 28 March 2018.

  • Wellington Council consults on te reo Māori

    Image of the consultation document with a waka on the harbour on the bottom of the document.

    On Waitangi Day, Wellington City Council announced a consultation on how the city uses and recognises te reo Māori.

    The consultation follows a promise Mayor Justin Lester made during te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week), when he said Wellington would work towards becoming a te reo Māori city.

  • Losing momentum school leavers Asia engagement

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    The Asia New Zealand Foundation has released a report, Losing Momentum – School Leavers’ Asia Engagement, which looks at New Zealand school leavers’ readiness for engaging with Asia. The report outlines the results of a survey of more than 1,000 senior school students and their level of Asia awareness. The questions asked were about cultural competencies and knowledge of Asia, and the perceived importance of Asia to New Zealand.

    The key findings compared an earlier baseline survey conducted in 2012 and found that:

  • Sharing information to combat global tax evasion

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    The Government has signed up to the global automatic exchange of information (AEOI) initiative led by the OECD. We’re one of 100 countries that will automatically share some financial account information about foreign tax residents. All countries will use the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) to identify and report on financial accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents.

  • He Tohu – The Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition have moved

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    Our most iconic constitutional documents were moved in the early hours of Saturday morning (22 April) in an emotional and uplifting atmosphere.

    At 4am a pūtātara heralded the start of the journey from Archives New Zealand to their new home at the National Library in Wellington.

  • Recent Publications: Race in the Workplace

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    In February 2017, the independent review report by Baroness McGregor-Smith  on Race in the [British] Workplace was published. The review provides insights into issues faced by British businesses and public sector organisations in developing Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) talent in the workplace.

  • Come build an app

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    Multicultural New Zealand is seeking your assistance in finding youth leaders and people working with youth in the Mt Roskill region.

    The Multicultural New Zealand, New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Independent Police Conduct Authority and Hui E have partnered to hold a series of youth workshops with the support from Migrant action Trust, ACOFI and Mt Roskill Multicultural Councils.

  • Linwood Christchurch moves forward

    Image of the attendees at the stakeholder meeting

    Along with approximately 25 other agencies the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the agency stakeholder meeting to discuss the findings of the Linwood Development Aspirations Project. Agencies were invited to identify gaps in the projects understanding and analysis of the Linwood Heathcote area from the perspective of their agencies specific knowledge and to identify synergies which might impact on local government and community aspirations (social, economic, environmental and governance outcomes) for the area.