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.

Established in 2000 as the Office of Ethnic Affairs, in 2015 we become the Office of Ethnic Communities to align with the Ministerial portfolio and reflect our community focus.

The Office of Ethnic Communities is located within the Department of Internal Affairs and our work contributes to the Department's overarching outcome: "Connected citizens, communities and government".

Through the Department, the Office of Ethnic Communities contributes to broader public sector efforts to deliver on government goals. In particular, we contribute to shaping Safer Communities Initiatives and empowering ethnic communities to succeed and contribute.

The term ethnic (matawaka) in the context of the mandate for the Office of Ethnic Communities refers to people who are migrants, refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as Asian, African, Continental European, Latin American and Middle Eastern.

Corporate Publications

You can find information about the Office of Ethnic Communities in the Internal Affairs’ Statement of Intent and the Annual Report. 

Information provided to incoming Ministers about the Ethnic Communities portfolio can also be found on the Internal Affairs website at the Briefings to Incoming Ministers page.

You can find Cabinet, Cabinet Committee papers and Cabinet minutes released by the Office of Ethnic Communities or the Minister for Ethnic Communities on the Internal Affairs website.

Releases may include documents relating to the Cabinet paper. Redactions may apply under the Official Information Act 1982.

Official Information Act Request

To make an Official Information Act request, please follow the process as set out on the Internal Affairs website.

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  • Who we are

    Our Director is Anita Balakrishnan. The Office of Ethnic Communities is made up of three teams: Community Engagement, Policy, and Planning, Systems and Services. Keep up to date with our projects and ethnic diversity issues by subscribing to our contact list....

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  • Privacy Policy

    1. PurposeThe purpose of this privacy policy is to let users of the Office of Ethnic Communities website (the “Site”) know when we collect personal information and what we do with it.

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  • Terms of use

    1.   Agreement to termsWelcome to the website of the Office of Ethnic Communities (the 'Site'), a website hosted and operated by the Department of Internal Affairs ('we', 'our', 'us', 'DIA').

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  • About this site

    Site OwnerThis is site is owned and maintained by Office of Ethnic Communities, Department of Internal Affairs (external site). Crown copyright ©. Copyright material on this site is protected by copyright owned by Department of Internal Affairs or its licensors....

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