News in July 2018


Building Positive Ethnic Community Leaders

Each year the Office of Ethnic Communities supports a range of worthy community initiatives through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.


Reminder - fund dates for 2018 are set

The Ethnic Communities Development fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and close at midnight on Wednesday 26 September 2018.


Suffrage 125 Spotlight: Nirmala Narasimhan

This month feature Nirmala Narasimhan who is a current champion for change for ethnic women.

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International connections

Sister Cities New Zealand is a national organisation established to promote peace by fostering exchanges between cities in New Zealand and abroad.


Ashburton: A most Welcoming Community

On 11 July, the Office of Ethnic Communities attended the launch of Ashburton District Council’s Welcoming Plan - Whakatau mai ki te rōhe o Hakatere.


Former Afghan Interpreters given New Zealand Citizenship

On 22 June, 68 former Afghan interpreters and their families became New Zealand citizens at a very special ceremony at Kirikiriroa Marae, Hamilton.


Leading the Dance

Shawn Thomas making the Indian community proud through his creative achievements; he’s part of TV3’s The Great New Zealand Dance Masala.


Mitchell Pham receives Kea World Class New Zealand Award

We would like to congratulate Mitchell Pham on being the first ethnic migrant/refugee to receive the Kea World Class New Zealand Award

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