The Office of Ethnic Communities is the government's principal advisor on ethnic diversity in New Zealand. We also provide information, resources and advice - check out the pages below.

Providing resources related to ethnic communities supports the Office of Ethnic Communities' Focus Area 1: Growing knowledge and understanding of ethnic diversity in New Zealand.

  • Intercultural Capability E-learning

    New Zealand is a diverse country with over 200 different ethnicities. The Office of Ethnic Communities is committed to promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity and offers an Intercultural Capability eLearning programme to support this....

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  • Language Celebration Guidelines

    How to celebrate your language and empower your communityThe Heritage and Community Language Celebration Guidelines (the guidelines) are a resource the Office of Ethnic Communities developed to support communities to celebrate and maintain their heritage languages....

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  • Our Languages - Tō Tātou Reo

    New Zealand has three official languages: English, Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.   According to Census 2013, English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Hindi are the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand.

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  • Making a Submission to Government

    In New Zealand, submissions are sometimes sought from the general public when changes are being made to policies or to legislation. Submissions are requested to test public reaction and/or so that your views can be included in a new policy....

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  • Employment rights and responsibilities

    New to working in New Zealand?Did you know that all workers have the same employment rights in New Zealand, no matter what their visa status? Employers have an obligation to ensure all their employees are receiving their minimum employment rights....

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  • Census

    The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. By asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household, Stats NZ can capture who is living in and visiting, New Zealand....

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  • Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian

    The research has been conducted by Dr Edwina Pio, Associate Professor at the Business and Law School of AUT University, Auckland, in association with the Office of Ethnic Affairs. The book explores the experiences of those from a mixed Māori/Indian background....

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