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.


Ethnic Communities Development Fund hub

The Ethnic Communities Development Fund gives out $4.2m every year to projects that improve outcomes for ethnic communities, including the opportunity to grow their skills and celebrate their culture. Our new Ethnic Communities Development Fund hub has all the information you need to find out how to apply for the Fund, including a step-by-step instructional video.

You'll find tips on how to apply for funding, the priorities your project must work within, funded projects and stories about successful initiatives. Find out who the panel members are and connect with our Community Funding Advisors.

We have made some changes to how we run the fund. These are based on our 2022 Strategy priorities which reflect what our ethnic communities said was most important to them. The Ministry now manages and administers the fund, and holds the relationship with funded applicants.

Check out the Ethnic Communities Development Fund hub


Our journey

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities was established in July, 2021 following recommendations from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks on Christchurch Mosques.

We were created to help Aotearoa New Zealand become a truly inclusive country. We support communities in many ways - we work to help them in times of need, and to celebrate alongside them. Our strategic direction reflects the voices of the ethnic communities we serve.

We work with a range of Public Service agencies on matters which are important to our communities, such as health, employment and education.

To mark our second anniversary, and to hold ourselves to account, we looked back at our work over our first two years as a Ministry.

Read about our journey so far by clicking the links below.

Explore our Ministry's work in this interactive diagram (PDF)

Read 'Our Journey, two years on - achievements 2021-2023' (PDF)

Discover the Ministry’s work

  • Our programmes
    Read about our Graduate Programme and Nominations Service. Find information and resources to help build and develop your inter-cultural cap
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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 animated videos covering a range of health topics from women and men’s health to immunisations and anti-viral medicines.
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  • Ethnic Advantage Conferences
    Find out about our recent conferences, which aimed to connect and uplift ethnic communities. Watch video highlights of the events.
    Learn more

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