• Why Use Professional Interpreting?

    Ensure your business is conducted appropriately. Find out about the growth of a global phenomenon, interpreting.

  • Director's Update - February 2019

    Image of Anita Balakrishnan

    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.

  • Supporting Active Citizenship

    The team at SPLICE

    SPLICE, an Auckland-based movement aimed at connecting communities, has recently been supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund to launch Active Citizens in New Zealand.

    Active Citizens is a social leadership programme developed by the British Council.  The programme aims to build skills in intercultural awareness, problem-solving and positive community engagement. The programme has connected over 50 countries, and helped launch over 7,500 community-based social action projects.

  • Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand

    Image of Plenary speakers - Tenby Powell (standing), Sir George Fistonich, Wei Gao and Tania

    On Friday 27 May, the Office of Ethnic Communities ran its fourth Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand (EPIC NZ) conference in Auckland.  EPIC provides a platform for participants to build bus

  • Celebrating Everest Day

    The Minister for Ethnic Communities was unable to attend the Everest celebration in Christchurch on 29 May in person but greeted the Nepalese community via video message.

    The lead organiser for the event was the Non-resident Nepalese Association led by Dr Bohla Pradhan - who noted that the event was designed to remember the great achievement of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and the enduring bonds of friendship between our two countries.

  • Palmerston North Boys’ High School wins Race Unity Speech Competition

    A stirring speech about ‘Standing up for race unity – don’t be a bystander’ has won Head boy of Palmerston North Boys’ High School, first place in the national final of the 2016 Race Unity speech competition held in Auckland.

  • Intercultural Capability

    Image of people playing drums by handNew Zealand is a diverse country with over 200 different ethnicities. The Office of Ethnic Communities is committed to promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity and offers an Intercultural Capability eLearning programme to support this. This introductory programme is aimed at increasing anyone’s understanding to better interact or communicate with people from different backgrounds.

  • Using Language Line

    Photograph of a telephone interpreting session in progressClarity of communication means efficiencies, reduction of risk and more equity.

  • Director's Update May 2015

    Talofa lava everyone, happy Samoan language week. Click on the clip to hear what the Office of Ethnic Communities has been doing in the month of May   .

  • January 2015 - Happy New Year

    Video message from the Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Berlinda Chin.