News in December 2018

cherry blossom festival food

Cherry Blossom Festival and Art Salon held in Auckland

Auckland’s Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple held its annual two day Cherry Blossom festival on 24 and 25 November 2018.


Visa processing moves online

Immigration New Zealand Auckland Central Visa Services counter services at 280 Queen Street are closing permanently 4 pm on Friday 21 December 2018.

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The 4th Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

Over 100 people attended the Halal Tourism and Hospitality Symposium from various fields including academia, tourism and public service.

ARMS Meeting - Attendees at the AGM

Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Rebranding

The event was an opportunity for ARMS to showcase some of their 2018 highlights, share their new name, and their strategy going forward.

Japan Festival - Performer on stage in mid performance.

Japan Festival celebrates Wellington and Sakai's sister city relationship

The sixth Japan Festival Wellington held 24 November 2018 had something for everyone – food, performances, art, workshops, poetry, and activities for kids.

Hungarian performers at opening of the exhibition

'Double Bond' between Hungary and New Zealand

The Embassy of Hungary hosted an exhibition of art, titled ‘Double Bond’, by New Zealand-Hungarian artists.

Anita Balakrishnan

Getting to know Anita Balakrishnan

We welcomed our new Director, Anita Balakrishnan, to the Office of Ethnic Communities on 3 December 2018.

Civic participation workshop

Volunteers build resilient communities

International Volunteer Day takes place each year on 5 December.

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Sport NZ Seeks Ethnic Communities' Input into Sport Integrity Consultation

Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) recently launched a nationwide public consultation on their review into sport integrity, and they want to hear from you!

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