There is strength in diversity

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities is the chief advisor to the government on ethnic diversity and inclusion in New Zealand society.

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Preparing for and responding to emergencies

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s important you and your family know what to do and have a plan in place for when they happen.

We worked with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to create a series of videos to help communities understand how to prepare for different hazards and emergencies, what to do when they happen, and what to do after they occur.

The videos have also been translated and voiced over into 20 different languages.
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Multilingual videos about measles and MMR vaccine

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination rates have dropped in recent years, which means New Zealand is at a high risk of an outbreak. Our new video series explains what measles is, how to protect yourself from the disease, and where to access reliable health information.

We partnered with Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora to produce these animated videos. They are available in 20 different languages in addition to English, to provide greater access to important health information.

Discover the Ministry’s work

  • Greetings in different languages
    你好, Kumusta, Guten tag, வணக்கம், 안녕하세요! Hello! Learn how to say general greetings and phrases in 21 different languages with our new resource.
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  • Our communities
    Learn about Aotearoa New Zealand's ethnic communities. Find an ethnic community organisation or support service in our Community Directory.
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  • Videos in different languages
    Watch videos about measles, other health topics, and how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
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  • Funding
    Read about our Ethnic Communities Development Fund that provides funding to support community development and social cohesion.
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New guidelines to help you nominate someone for a New Zealand Royal Honour

Our new guidelines provide tips and advice for people wanting to nominate someone for a New Zealand Royal Honour.

Supporting communities with refugee background across New Zealand

In a strong demonstration of support for refugee communities, we have been funding initiatives to empower and integrate refugees across New Zealand.

Preparing for emergencies video series

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s important that you and your family know what to do and have a plan in place for when they happen.

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