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Our vision is flourishing ethnic diversity in a thriving New Zealand.

Ethnic communities make New Zealand a more culturally diverse, innovative, and connected place. Together, we can ensure ethnic communities are strong and active, and are connected to each other, wider society, and government.

New Zealand’s ethnic communities come from diverse geographies and cultures, with a broad range of life experiences. Our mandated communities include anyone in New Zealand who identifies their ethnicity as Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Asian, and Continental European.

On this website you will find information for and about ethnic communities, along with resources, community connections, news, and more.

Who We Are

The Office of Ethnic Communities is government’s principal advisor on ethnic diversity in New Zealand. We provide information, advice and services to, and for, ethnic communities in New Zealand and administer funds to support community development and social cohesion.

The Office of Ethnic Communities is part of the Department of Internal Affairs(external link) and our work contributes to the Department's overarching outcome: Connected citizens, communities and government.(external link)

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Our Minister

The Minister for Ethnic Communities is Hon Jenny Salesa.

Greetings from the Minister for Ethnic Communities - Hon Jenny Salesa.

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