The Ministry for Ethnic Communities is the government’s chief advisor on ethnic communities, ethnic diversity and the inclusion of ethnic communities in wider society.

Ethnic communities make a huge contribution to our economic and social fabric. Aotearoa New Zealand’s ethnic communities make up 20 per cent of our population, almost a million people and growing. We are an increasingly diverse nation and this diversity is a source of strength.

During the establishment of the ministry, the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities and members of our team engaged with ethnic communities. We heard about their ambitions and the things they would like the ministry to prioritise:

  • Promoting the value of diversity and improving the inclusion of ethnic communities in wider society.
  • Ensuring government services are provided equitably and in ways that are accessible for ethnic communities.
  • Improving economic outcomes for ethnic communities, including addressing barriers to employment.
  • Connecting and empowering ethnic community groups.

We work with communities, other government agencies and a range of organisations to help increase social cohesion and ensure Aotearoa New Zealand is a place where everyone feels welcome, valued and empowered to be themselves. We also provide services and support directly to ethnic communities.

We are the newest ministry in government and we like to think the most diverse and inclusive.

Understanding ethnic communities and how government works is critical to the success of the ministry.  Our team is made up of staff who hail from and identify with Africa, Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. We have migrants, refugees and New Zealand-born. We have people who have worked in communities and those who have worked across government.

On this site, you will find information about our organisation, our work, our communities and how to get in touch with us.


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