We have a wide range of information, guides, and publications available for and about ethnic communities.

Whether you’re looking for information in other languages, want to know about employment rights and responsibilities, or are curious about how to make a submission to government, we have you covered.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can contact us at info@ethniccommunities.govt.nz



Information in languages other than English

This page has resources in a range of languages including videos about COVID-19. It also has information about EziSpeak, the telephone interpreter service which has replaced Language Line.

Read more and access resources »

Our Languages – Tō Tātou Reo

This information, collected from the 2001 Census, 2006 Census and 2013 Census, provides detail about the languages spoken in New Zealand. Find out more about what languages are spoken, where, and by whom.

Languages information »

Ethnic Communities in New Zealand

We have created the Ethnic Communities’ Data Dashboard in partnership with Statistics New Zealand. It is an interactive tool that allows you access to information on ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. You can use it to create comprehensive information on ethnicity, religion, and language – at national and regional levels.

Ethnic Communities in New Zealand»

Guides and How-tos

Intercultural Capability E-learning

This introductory eLearning programme is aimed at increasing people's cultural understanding to better interact or communicate with people from different backgrounds.

eLearning programme »

Language Celebration Guidelines

The Heritage and Community Language Celebration Guidelines are a resource designed to support communities to celebrate and maintain their heritage languages, giving practical advice on the process of organising a language celebration.

Read the guidelines »

Making a Submission to government

We have produced guidelines for how to make a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee. Submissions are sometimes sought from the general public when changes are being made to policies or to legislation. A submission is a way to present your views.

Information on making a submission »

Ethnicity Matters – a guide to working with ethnic communities

This is a guide intended to help public sector organisations work with and respond to the needs of ethnic communities.

Ethnicity Matters guide »

Ethnic diversity in the workplace

This set of resources are aimed at increasing competence related to recruiting and managing staff from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Diversity in the workplace information »

Employment rights and responsibilities

All workers have the same employment rights in New Zealand, no matter what their visa status. This page provides information on employment rights and how to get help as an employee.

Employment information »

Official Information Act request

The Official Information Act allows New Zealanders to make requests for information relating to our work, including the advice we provide to our Minister.

How to make a request »

Research and Reports

Former Refugees, Recent Migrants and Ethnic Communities Employment Action Plan

The Former Refugees, Recent Migrants and Ethnic Communities Employment Action Plan is a resource with information, analysis and policy options aimed at improving labour market outcomes for former refugees, recent migrants, and ethnic communities.

Read the plan »

Digital inclusion user insights – Former refugees and migrants with English as a second language

The purpose of this research, which is published by the Department of Internal Affairs in partnership with the Ministry for Ethnic Communities, is to understand the lived experience of one of the most often digitally excluded groups: former refugees and marginalised migrants with English as a second language. The report includes key findings and research recommendations (not government policy) for government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to consider in order to improve digital inclusion for former refugees and marginalised migrants in New Zealand.

Read the report »

Connecting with Faith Communities and Interfaith Groups report - November 2020

This report is a record of the discussions from a series of hui that we conducted with New Zealand's Faith and Interfaith groups. It outlines the key themes that emerged and identifies chances for our office, community organisatons, and members of our communities to address the challenges, issues, and opportunities that were raised.

Read the report »

Conversations with Aotearoa New Zealand’s Muslim Communities

This report presents key themes from a series of conversations the Office of Ethnic Communities conducted with New Zealand’s Muslim communities in the wake of the 15 March 2019 terror attacks, and identifies opportunities for addressing them.

Read the report »

Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian

The research, conducted by Dr Edwina Pio in association with the Office of Ethnic Affairs, explores the experiences of those from a mixed Māori/Indian background.

Read the research »

Trailblazers – inspiring stories from migrant women entrepreneurs

Trailblazers is a collection of inspirational stories of first generation, migrant women business entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

Read Trailblazers »

Chinese Poll Tax

The Office of Ethnic Communities has assembled information about the discriminatory history of the Chinese Poll Tax in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and led a consultation process to find a form of reconciliation appropriate to the descendants of Poll Tax payers.

More information »

Corporate Publications


Release of Ministerial decision-making documents

From time to time, we will publish papers the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities has taken to cabinet.

Statement of intent and annual report

Information about the Office of Ethnic Communities is the Department of Internal Affairs’ Statement of Intent(external link) and the Annual Report. (external link)

Briefings to Incoming Ministers

Information provided to incoming Ministers about the Ethnic Communities portfolio are on the Briefings to Incoming Ministers page(external link) of the Department of Internal Affairs website.

Cabinet Papers relating to the Ethnic Communities portfolio

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.(external link)

A year in review - 2019/2020

You can find our Year in Review for 2019/20. It explains more about our role, the key work we carried out in the last financial year and, information on the communities we serve.


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