The Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme seeks to improve ethnic diversity across the Public Service by providing a meaningful first employment opportunity to skilled graduates from Aotearoa New Zealand’s ethnic communities.

On this page, you can learn more about these graduates and their experience in the programme. 

Subhan Talash

"In a world that increasingly becomes more integrated, where no country can remain in complete isolation, it is important to have different views as it enriches a country’s perspectives and leads to the development of better public policies", says Subhan Talash, a graduate at Te Kawa Mataaho, the Public Service Commission.

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Posted 3 months ago

Fay Elhanafy

"As a Palestinian Kiwi, I value this meaningful first employment opportunity in the public sector because it improves representation and diversity and empowers ethnic communities", says Fay Elhanafy, a Community and Partnerships Advisor at the Ministry for Ethnic Communities.

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Posted 4 months ago

Laila Farah

"Diversity in the public service plays an important part in shaping, maintaining and improving social policies and the quality of public services. It allows for new voices to be heard and for new ideas and systems to be founded based on diverse experiences", says Laila Farah, a graduate at Inland Revenue, Te Tari Taake.

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Posted 5 months ago

Rachel Liao

"As an Ethnic Communities graduate, I am extremely humbled to be part of something that is more than just a job; it represents meaningful progress towards Aotearoa’s future of diverse and inclusive leadership", says Rachel Liao, a Graduate Advisor at Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa New Zealand Customs Service.

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Posted 6 months ago

Shina Asadi

"The Ethnic Communities graduate programme is the perfect opportunity to influence and drive positive change for the benefit of people and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand', says Shina Asadi, whose work with the New Zealand Police is improving police service to victims of crime.

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Posted 7 months ago | 6 Comments

Chikita Kodikal

"I truly believe magic can happen if we set aside our perceived differences, recognise each other’s talents and abilities, and meaningfully collaborate and contribute to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable public service", says Chikita Kodikal, a graduate with Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission.

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Posted 7 months ago

Gaurav Bhim

"I think a diverse public service will help shape our future. If we want a future where all cultures are understood and welcomed in New Zealand, then this is a step in the right direction", says Gaurav Bhim, whose work at the Ministry of Social Development is helping the Government understand and diminish barriers to employment faced by minority groups.

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Posted 8 months ago

Muhammad Mulla

"The public sector is not as scary as you imagine it to be. It really is an enjoyable environment to be a part of. Relax, and enjoy the ride. You will not regret this decision", says Muhammad Mulla, a graduate at Manatū Hauora - the Ministry of Health.

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Posted 8 months ago

Maha Jaffari

"Having a diverse public sector can help to reach political, social, and economical goals such as social stability, equality and innovation" says Maha Jaffari, whose career goal is to become a senior policy advisor and bring positive change for our communities and society.

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Posted 9 months ago

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