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Events, workshops, projects, conferences! The Office of Ethnic Affairs is busy all year round, providing advice and support to government, businesses and ethnic communities. Read about what we got up …

Events, workshops, projects, conferences! The Office of Ethnic Affairs is busy all year round, providing advice and support to government, businesses and ethnic communities. Read about what we got up to in 2011-2012

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  • 3. CONTENTSA message from our director 2Welcome 3Section 1: Improving business and trade opportunities 4Section 2: Developing networks and encouraging participation 12Section 3: Improving government responsiveness to ethnic communities 15Section 4: Helping Christchurch to move forward 19Section 5: Maintaining and improving New Zealand’s reputation for social harmony 20Section 6: Leading the way 29 1
  • 4. A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR A Year in Review celebrates the range of projects, events and community initiatives that the Office of Ethnic Affairs has been involved in during 2011–2012. The Office of Ethnic Affairs plays an important role in working with ethnic people in New Zealand for the benefit of everyone. Almost a quarter of the New Zealand population was born overseas and more than 200 ethnic groups live here. This diversity helps New Zealand move forward economically, socially and culturally, contributing to the prosperity of all of us. The Office of Ethnic Affairs is helping to lead the way. • Our skilled and experienced team has strong connections that are built on an understanding of ethnically diverse communities. • The Office as a whole knows 16 different languages at an advanced level and is represented by a variety of ethnicities. • Staff backgrounds include employment in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, as well as humanitarian work on the frontline in Afghanistan. • Their skills stem from experience in non-government organisations, other government agencies, and the business sector. We are in an unrivalled position to lead the conversation, develop connections and encourage participation within ethnic communities and between them. In 2011–12 we have: • taken the lead in helping to expand the contribution ethnic business people make to the economy, establishing a new Ethnic Small and Medium sized Enterprise database and developing connections between business sectors • provided advice to government on ethnic diversity issues • developed and supported the skills, experience and capability of ethnic communities • helped celebrate important cultural festivals, giving New Zealanders a chance to learn about each other’s cultures We are proud of our achievements and hope that by sharing them with you they will inspire ideas and further action. Mervin Singham Director The Office of Ethnic Affairs2
  • 5. WELCOME The Office of Ethnic Affairs works to promote the benefits of ethnic diversity for every New Zealander. We aim to provide the highest quality advice on ethnic diversity issues.Our achievements: This booklet highlights our work and achievements in 2011-2012. It alsosix key areas contains links to in-depth information if you would like to find out more. The booklet is divided into six areas. 1 Improving business and trade opportunities How the events, achievements and publications that we’re involved in support business and trade opportunities within New Zealand and overseas. 2 Developing networks and encouraging participation How our EthnicA conferences help us strengthen connections with and within ethnic communities across New Zealand. 3 Improving government responsiveness to ethnic communities Our contribution to government policies and the achievements of Language Line. 4 Helping Christchurch move forward How we support ethnic communities and businesses in Christchurch during the recovery process. 5 Maintaining and improving New Zealand’s reputation for social harmony An overview of the forums, conferences, cultural events and festivals in which the Office is involved. 6 Leading the way Examples of individuals and organisations who are supporting ethnic diversity within the public service.We welcome your Please contact us if you have any questions or comments (see the backfeedback! page for contact details). Together we’ll help New Zealand society grow stronger and more prosperous. 3
  • 6. SECTION 1 SECTION 1: IMPROVING BUSINESS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES New Zealand’s ethnic diversity offers significant opportunities for our economy. By 2021 a quarter of the workforce is expected to have been born overseas. This multicultural workforce presents many opportunities but also some challenges. *Total Ethnic Groups % 6% European and ‘Other’ 9% 16% 1% 1% 6% 7% Māori 10% Pacific Peoples 14% 14% Asian 17% 77% 75% 69% Other Ethnicities 2001 2006 Projected (2026) NOTE THAT THE TOTALS ADD TO MORE THAN 100% BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE MORE THAN ONE ETHNICITY. To unlock the potential that ethnic diversity offers, New Zealand business operators and entrepreneurs need to: • make the most of our migrant communities in the development of commercial activities • understand business cultures and systems in other countries (for example, China and India) • understand the markets where opportunities exist • be quick and agile in identifying innovative ideas The role of the New Zealand’s wealth is built on trade. The migrant population provides Office of Ethnic our economy with a rich resource of experience, skills and overseas Affairs connections. The Office of Ethnic Affairs is working to unlock this potential to help build economic growth. We provide practical advice and support to ethnic people in the business sector and work with other government agencies to provide equal access to government services. This includes providing strategic advice, training and information workshops, and organising a national business conference. 4
  • 7. SECTION 1A focus on the Our Economic Development strategy in 2011–2012 focused specifically onAsia–Pacific region the Asia–Pacific region because: • the region has some of the fastest growing economies in the world • the region’s GDP is roughly equivalent to that of the European Union “The Asia-Pacific • New Zealanders are becoming increasingly aware of Asia, especially region is the fastest through the government’s recent efforts in establishing New Zealand growing region in as a strategic trading partner the world.” THE ECONOMIC TIMES (HTTP:// The Office of Ethnic Affairs also monitors emerging economic regions and ARTICLES.ECONOMICTIMES. engages with people with connections to these regions. INDIATIMES.COM/2011-08-02/ NEWS/29842820_1_ASIA-PACIFIC- ECONOMIES-ESCAP-HIGH-FOOD)Key achievements NZ Inc Strategies with key economic partnersfor 2011–2012 The Office of Ethnic Affairs is playing a role in the New Zealand Inc Strategies, which aim to strengthen our economic, political and security relationships with other countries. Through our on-going engagement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the Office has highlighted the value of involving ethnic communities in developing trade strategies. SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise) project Ninety–seven per cent of businesses in New Zealand employ fewer than 20 people and many of these small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are run by ethnic people. Their connections and overseas-experience present great potential. Despite this high level of participation, many ethnic business people find it difficult to understand the business culture and regulations within New Zealand. Our SME project was created to address these issues and involves a number of initiatives. 5
  • 8. SECTION 1 SECTION 1: IMPROVING BUSINESS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUED The project will help small and medium sized enterprises to: • more easily make connections with mainstream businesses • gain improved pathways to overseas markets by drawing upon the local and off-shore connections of ethnic SMEs in New Zealand We are working in strategic partnership with ANZ New Zealand and other organisations including Economic Development Agencies New Zealand. SME PROJECT The EPIC (Ethnic People in Commerce) NZ website and database This website ( is home to a database designed to connect ethnic businesses in New Zealand with businesses in the wider community in order to improve trade opportunities here and overseas. The site helps match ethnic people, who have contacts and know-how from working abroad, with Kiwi businesses looking to expand their markets. People with global experience who share their knowledge of local customs, language and contacts can offer real value to New Zealand- based businesses looking to trade overseas. In return, ethnic business people can benefit from new connections and opportunities within New Zealand. 6
  • 9. SECTION 1 The EPIC (Ethnic People in Commerce) NZ Conference (May 2012) The theme of the conference was ‘Building the Capability and Connections of ethnic SMEs in New Zealand’. Key speakers included Hon Judith Collins, the Minister for Ethnic Affairs, as well as representatives from the business community. The conference aimed to develop: • the capacity of ethnic small and medium sized businesses • trade opportunities between Asia and New Zealand • connections between ethnic businesses, government and the wider business community JOHN LANGLEY AT THE EPIC NZ CONFERENCE 2012 Connecting the Regions visits (2011-2012) These on-going visits are held in regions of New Zealand with strong growth potential and aim to connect business people in Auckland with business interests in regional centres. In 2011–2012 visits were held in Nelson and the Bay of Plenty. The Office of Ethnic Affairs played a key role in arranging these events, inviting ethnic business people to connect with markets outside their immediate community.CONNECTING THEREGIONS 7
  • 10. SECTION 1 SECTION 1: IMPROVING BUSINESS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUED Knowledge workshops These workshops focus on helping ethnic business people start and run their businesses in New Zealand. They provide advice on setting up a business, trading and exporting information, developing business infrastructure (such as IT systems), and connecting with the wider business community. The Office of Ethnic Affairs launched these workshops in partnership with Inland Revenue, Immigration New Zealand, the Department of Labour and private sector KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOPS institutions. The workshops are on-going. AFRICAN KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOPS PAKISTANI 8
  • 11. SECTION 1Enhancing Ethnic diversity is on the rise. By 2021 a quarter of the workforce isworkplace skills expected to have been born overseas. Making the most of the advantages that ethnically diverse staff can offer has been shown to benefit companies’ performance. Managers and staff often need advice to realise the extent of these advantages and the Office of Ethnic Affairs seeks to aid workplaces in becoming more responsive to the needs of their diverse workforce, customers and stakeholders. Here are some of the ways we help people to incorporate diversity strategies into what they do. Riding the Wave booklet and workshops Riding Riding the Wave offers advice about how to manage ethnic diversity in private and public sector workplaces. It includes case studies the Wave Moving from the ‘Right Thing’ to do of organisations that are doing it well. The Office of Ethnic Affairs’ to the Bright Thing to do when maximising the benefits that ethnic diversity brings to our workplace. Intercultural Advisory Team designed this booklet and in 2011-2012 launched it in Auckland and Wellington. We also introduced a series of workshops in conjunction with the Human Resources Institute New Zealand (which has 4000+ members). These focused on how to recruit people without allowing ethnic bias to influence the process and were aimed at people who hire staff. The RIDING THE WAVE LAUNCH workshops reinforced key themes featured in Riding the Wave. A Foot in the Door guide This guide to bias-free recruitment aims to unlock the potential of ethnic diversity. We developed this resource to encourage employers and recruiting managers to: • recognise the value of diversity • broaden the pool of job applicants • evaluate each candidate on merit • recruit the best person for the job 9
  • 12. SECTION 1 SECTION 1: IMPROVING BUSINESS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUED Reflections – from our multicultural workplace Reflections from our multicultural workplace This booklet showcases some examples of those who have taken our training workshops for people working in culturally diverse workplaces. It includes examples from the education and health sectors, government The Intercultural Awareness and Communication programme agencies and non-government organisations. Intercultural Advisory Team ‘Training for Trainers’ sessions The ‘Training for Trainers’ is about making key people within an organisation ‘subject matter experts’ in ethnic diversity management. They can then provide on-going training and support to staff in their The Office of Ethnic organisation. Affair’s Intercultural Advisory Team has The sessions help to develop skills in establishing effective run sessions with communication and relationships across the many cultures in the employers, managers and business leaders workplace. from the public and private sector in To date the Office of Ethnic Affairs has delivered training to more than 600 Auckland, Wellington participants throughout New Zealand, including 89 trainers. and Christchurch to further promote the In 2011–2012 we focused on the rural sector, where there is an increasing benefits of diversity in number of migrants employed to fill skill-shortages. To encourage good their workplaces. Our diversity management we have begun working with Agribusiness Training programmes are free (a rural sector private training establishment), which is now seeing an and are based on the influx of international students. latest international research and best- practice. 10
  • 13. SECTION 1Contributions of The Migrant Women and Entrepreneurship Project seeks to engagemigrant women migrant women and the wider community to encourage a supportive business environment. Trailblazers The project is jointly led by the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as part of a wider collaboration Inspirational journeys of migrant women entrepreneurs in New Zealand with migrant and host communities. Trailblazers Together with the Department of Labour, we developed a publication called Trailblazers, which showcases the contribution migrant women make to New Zealand’s economy. “A third of the world’s Trailblazers is a collection of inspiring stories highlighting the contribution entrepreneurial activity of seven first-generation migrant women entrepreneurs. The stories range is now driven by from a 3D animator from Argentina to a driving instructor from Burundi. women and the role of They each openly share their experiences and the challenges they faced female entrepreneurs on their way to thriving in New Zealand. in immigrant communities has become an increasingly important component of the world economy and its productivity.” Dr Judy McGregor, Equal Employment Opportunities CommissionerFor more To find out more or get a copy of any of our publications see:information Our website Our publications on Scribd Our YouTube channel Email us 11
  • 14. SECTION 1 2 SECTION 2: DEVELOPING NETWORKS AND ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION The Office of Ethnic Affairs believes a stronger and more connected ethnic sector benefits everyone in New Zealand, from helping to expand the economy, to ensuring a peaceful, thriving society. The EthnicA conferences are our flagship events and one of the key ways we develop connections and encourage participation at all levels of New Zealand business, government and society. EthnicA EthnicA conferences bring together high calibre presentations, debates conferences and workshops on ethnic diversity issues. The aims of EthnicA are to: “Enjoyed and loved the • strengthen connections within ethnic communities and with programme, learnt lots of mainstream New Zealand new things and formed • foster bold debate and provide a platform for practical learning good networks with • inspire new ways of thinking and acting others.” • enable Ministers and a range of government officials to engage with communities We ran six EthnicA conferences in 2011 and 2012 Auckland 2011 The conference key note speaker was Farah Pandith, the US Special Representative to Muslim Communities. MERVIN SINGHAM AND FARAH PANDITH AT THE ETHNICA CONFERENCE She addressed key international trends such as the protests in the Middle East. Farah Pandith also highlighted the pressure on Muslim youth to forge an identity that is both Muslim and modern. 12
  • 15. SECTION 2 Wellington 2011 The conference keynote speaker was Pino Migliorino, the Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council, Australia. He spoke about the importance of raising the profile of ethnic communities and reflected on why race relations are more harmonious in New Zealand than in Australia. He also shared the lessons that Australia learnt during its history of multiculturalism.PINO MIGLIORINOAT THE ETHNICA CONFERENCE Auckland and Hamilton 2012 An inspiring and exciting exchange of ideas emerged at the first two EthnicA conferences for 2012, which were held in Auckland and Hamilton, and attended by around 400 people. The keynote speaker for both conferences was Sir Ray Avery, scientist, businessman and philanthropist. Sir Avery was named the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in 2010 and awarded the Blake Leadership Medal. He is recognised for his philanthropy and work in developing countries. Sir Avery highlighted the opportunities and freedoms thatSIR RAY AVERY New Zealand presents to migrants who are hardworkingAT THE ETHNICA CONFERENCE and ambitious. 13
  • 16. SECTION 1 2 SECTION 2: DEVELOPING NETWORKS AND ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION CONTINUED Christchurch 2012 The EthnicA conference in Christchurch focused on the city’s regeneration and the cultural impacts of planning, architecture and urban design. Richard Brecknock, a visiting urban planning expert from Australia, stressed the importance of the Christchurch community with the following message: ‘What is a city, but its people’. The second international speaker at the conference was Peter Holbrook, the CEO of Social Enterprise UK. He spoke about the potential of social enterprise – that is, organisations that use a business model to generate profit to be used for a social purpose. PETER HOLBROOK AT THE ETHNICA CONFERENCE Wellington 2012 The British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Vicki Treadell, was the keynote speaker at our EthnicA Conference in Wellington. Mrs Treadell is the first female British High Commissioner of Asian descent. The session, titled ‘Valuing connections in a global village’, focused on the potential of connecting people with international experience to establish economic, social and cultural ties. VICKI TREADELL, BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER AT THE ETHNICA CONFERENCE 14
  • 17. SECTION 3SECTION 3: IMPROVINGGOVERNMENT RESPONSIVENESSTO ETHNIC COMMUNITIES A responsive government will ensure a level playing field for everyone, avoiding social and economic disadvantage that can bring disharmony. It is also important that ethnic communities understand how to participate in New Zealand in a way that will maximise engagement, participation and contribution. Language Line is a telephone interpreting service that is managed by theLanguage Line Office of Ethnic Affairs. More than 80 agencies in New Zealand now use Language Line; these include Housing NZ, IRD, New Zealand Police and StudyLink. The service aims to ensure that ethnic communities have equal access to help and information provided by the government. People who speak little or no English and who want information or help from a participating agency can ask for Language Line when they first approach the organisation. An interpreting session can then be set up in the required language. A TELEPHONE INTERPRETING SESSION IN ACTION 15
  • 18. SECTION 1 3 SECTION 3: IMPROVING GOVERNMENT RESPONSIVENESS TO ETHNIC COMMUNITIES CONTINUED Language Line’s achievements in 2011–2012 include: We had a 16.4% increase in • passing the milestone of a quarter of a million interpreting sessions call volumes for the same 12-week period last year, • adding Bulgarian and Filipino to our languages, so that we now offer despite the recession. 43 languages • responding quickly to extend special help for those affected by the Over 80 agencies in Canterbury earthquakes New Zealand use • adding the New Zealand Red Cross and Ambulance services to our list Language Line. of agencies that use Language Line • giving Tertiary students access to Language Line • improving the standards of interpreting Providing Over the past two years we have provided advice and support to the policy advice to Government about ethnic communities. government Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel for Auckland Council Auckland Council’s Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel (EPAP) began meeting in May 2011. EPAP is the first of its kind in New Zealand and ensures ethnic community voices will be heard directly and at the highest levels of Council. The Office of Ethnic Affairs advised the Government of the need for EPAP in the new Council. Constitutional Review workshops The Office of Ethnic Affairs held two workshops outlining details of the Constitutional Review. The workshops aimed to ensure ethnic communities were well informed about the review and how to make a submission. 16
  • 19. SECTION 3Enquiries to the The number of enquiries received by the Advisory team at the Office ofAdvisory team Ethnic Affairs continues to increase. These enquiries have been managed with reduced resources. Number of enquiries 16000 14000 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 In 2011/2012, 96% of respondents rated the quality of the Advisory Service as ‘satisfactory’ or better and 79% rated the quality as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. This is similar to findings in previous years, except this recent survey shows a rise in those who rated the Advisory Service as ‘very good’; the rating for 2012 was 54% up from 41% in 2011. 17
  • 20. SECTION 1 3 SECTION 3: IMPROVING GOVERNMENT RESPONSIVENESS TO ETHNIC COMMUNITIES CONTINUED Excellence in In 2011 we launched the “Excellence in Ethnic Diversity” award, which Ethnic Diversity is a part of the IPANZ Gen-I Public Sector Excellence Awards. It aims to Award recognise public sector agencies that are delivering high quality services and support to New Zealand’s ethnically diverse population. We believe that the virtue of this award is that it encourages better responsiveness to the needs of ethnic communities. New Zealand Police receive ethnic diversity award The New Zealand Police received the award in 2011 for their work on building relationships with ethnic communities. The 2012 award also went to the New Zealand Police for its Cultural Response Team, which was set up to support ethnically diverse people in the aftermath of the February earthquake in Christchurch. The Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Director, Mervin Singham, says Police are showing the way when it comes to addressing ethnic diversity in the public sector. ETHNIC DIVERSITY AWARDED TO NEW ZEALAND POLICE 18
  • 21. SECTION 4SECTION 4: HELPINGCHRISTCHURCH TO MOVEFORWARD The earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 have placed a lot of pressure on people living in and around Christchurch, and the Office of Ethnic Affairs has provided support and advice to help ethnic people and businesses in the recovery process. Ethnic representation on community forum The Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Christchurch staff played a significant role in getting two ethnic community representatives on the community forum, which has been set up to provide direct advice to the Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee. The Christchurch team has helped to build a strong connection between the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and ethnic community leaders. The team also forged strong relationships between ethnic communities and the Christchurch City Council, and also securedCHRISTCHURCH OFFICE STAFF funding of $120,000 from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to support the recovery of ethnic businesses in Christchurch. Ethnic leaders forum A series of forums were held for people who are prominent in ethnic communities, faith groups and agencies in Christchurch. The forums are facilitated by the Office of Ethnic Affairs and aim to: • build connectionsJAPANESE CHOIR • discuss common goals • find ways to present a collective voice to express the post-earthquake needs and aspirations of ethnic communities New location for the Office of Ethnic Affairs team The Office of Ethnic Affairs in Christchurch experienced the devastating impact of the earthquakes first-hand. As well as supporting Canterbury’s ethnic communities and emergency services, they had to abandon their Hereford Street base and are now set up in a new office near the airport at 100 Orchard Road. 19
  • 22. SECTION 1 5 SECTION 5: MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING NEW ZEALAND’S REPUTATION FOR SOCIAL HARMONY New Zealand’s diverse communities have different skills, experiences, knowledge and cultures. We achieve a lot together when we connect and collaborate using our unique attributes. We need people from diverse backgrounds to be familiar with each other, to respect each others’ strengths, and to share some common values and understanding. How can this be achieved? A significant part of our role is building connections and creating platforms for ethnic communities to establish relationships with the wider community, to share views and perspectives, and celebrate different cultures. We’ve been involved in a lot of different activities here and overseas over the last year. These activities ranged from participation in large scale international forums, through to programmes aimed at helping guide the careers and futures of our young people. 20
  • 23. SECTION 5Promoting New Zealand delegations attended two important events aimed atinterfaith dialogue building interfaith dialogue. 4th Alliance of Civilizations forum, Doha, Qatar The Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Director, Mervin Singham, was part of the New Zealand delegation to the forum titled ‘Connecting across cultures and religions’. The forum was attended by more than 2000 participants. The Alliance of Civilizations is a United Nations initiative aimed at galvanising international action against extremism through forging international, inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue and co-operation. Participants came from a range of backgrounds, including government, civil society, international organisations, business and academia. The Office of Ethnic Affairs is New Zealand’s focal point for the Alliance of Civilizations. To watch Mervin Singham talk about the Alliance of Civilizations forum, visit: “Both conferences provide fertile ground for harnessing new ideas and opportunities for strengthening dialogue in New Zealand. They also represent platforms for showcasing New Zealand’s outstanding record of social harmony to the rest of the world.” Mervin Singham Director OFFICIALS AT THE 4TH The Office of Ethnic Affairs ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS FORUM IN DOHA 21
  • 24. SECTION 1 5 SECTION 5: MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING NEW ZEALAND’S REPUTATION FOR SOCIAL HARMONY CONTINUED 6th Asia–Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue, Semarang, Indonesia New Zealand was among 14 countries to attend the 2012 forum, which was titled ‘Strengthening collaborative communities to promote regional peace and security: interfaith in action’. Melissa Lee MP, the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Affairs, led a New Zealand delegation of nine community and faith leaders, and officials from the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The delegation contributed to a Plan of Action, which aims to promote religious tolerance and greater understanding of faiths in the region. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE Social enterprise Social enterprise is becoming an increasingly important concept for within the ethnic not-for-profit organisations that are searching for ways to become more sector sustainable within the tight economic climate. The Office of Ethnic Affairs has launched a project aimed at fostering a network of ethnic organisations and mainstream experts that promote social enterprise. This programme of work will be developed over the coming year. Building bridges Building Bridges is run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, the Federation of with the Muslim Islamic Associations of New Zealand and others in the Muslim community. community Building Bridges is a strategic programme that seeks to address issues faced by New Zealand’s Muslim communities. Building Bridges aims to increase civic participation and foster leadership among the Muslim communities, as well as build positive relationships between Muslim communities and wider society. There have been a range of events and workshops since the project started in 2005. Stakeholder forums Eighty Auckland people attended a forum that provided an opportunity for members of the Muslim community to talk to a range of officials including Customs, Immigration and Police. Christchurch A similar meeting took place in Christchurch between the Building Bridges group (estabilshed in 2010) and local police and immigration officials. 22
  • 25. SECTION 5 The Muslim Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) The Office of Ethnic Affairs provided guidance and support to the Muslim Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), a new group set up to offer advice to government about Muslim youth issues. MYAC aims to give young Muslims in New Zealand a voice that will represent their identities as Muslims and New Zealanders.Building We have been involved in a range of events that promote connectionsconnections within and across community groups, raise awareness about issues, andand skills help people in ethnic communities to develop their skills. Korean non-government organisations working together, Auckland, December 2011 The Office of Ethnic Affairs hosted an information fair for Korean non- government organisations (NGOs), which was attended by 60 community leaders representing 28 NGOs. For many of the participants it was the first time they had gathered with other, similar organisations to share information, build partnerships and discuss issues facing Korean community groups. Promoting Health and Wellbeing forum, Auckland, June 2011 The forum was jointly hosted by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and the Saewoomtor Korean Mental Health Advisory Group. Nearly 50 people were part of the event, which was based on a similar Health and Wellbeing forum held in 2010. The forum helped develop a better understanding of the information and support available, and how to maintain positive mental wellbeing. 23
  • 26. SECTION 1 5 SECTION 5: MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING NEW ZEALAND’S REPUTATION FOR SOCIAL HARMONY CONTINUED Korean Youth Career forum, Auckland, April 2012 The Office of Ethnic Affairs developed the forum to help Koreans aged 15–19 to make informed career decisions. Around 40 young Koreans from high schools around the Auckland region attended the event. Topics ranged from preparing a CV and mapping their career path, through to managing relationships and bullying at school. Race Unity Conference, Auckland, March 2012 The Office facilitated two intercultural dialogue sessions for 50 young people at the Auckland Race Unity Conference. These sessions provided young New Zealanders with the opportunity to talk about challenges, opportunities and practical solutions for managing ethnic diversity in schools. The Conference is an annual event organised by the New Zealand Bahá’í Community with support from the New Zealand Police, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Our staff participated as judges in both the regional heats and finals of the Race Unity speech competition. African forum, July 2012 The African forum focused on raising the profile of the African community and its contribution to New Zealand society and social harmony. The event was organised by a panel of African community leaders, with support from the Office of Ethnic Affairs. DR MUHAMMED MUSA,CANTERBURRY UNIVERSITY SPEAKING AT THE NATIONAL Topics for discussion centred on the AFRICAN FORUM ON 21 JULY, 2012 identity of the African communities in New Zealand and the issues and opportunities they face. 24
  • 27. SECTION 5Celebrations to We are involved in organising public celebrations to support ethnicsupport ethnic diversity. These events play an important role in making New Zealanddiversity a more tolerant and resilient society by providing everyone with an opportunity to learn about the different cultures and communities around us. The Office of Ethnic Affairs helps to organise three major cultural celebrations at Parliament each year. The events are hosted by the Minister for Ethnic Affairs and reflect the value the Government places on New Zealand’s ethnic and religious diversity. ATTENDEES OF THE FEZEELA RAZA AND AFRICAN FORUM BRIAN MANTHENGA, SHORTLAND STREET ACTORParliamentary Chinese New Yearevents Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and 2012 celebrated the mightiest of the Chinese zodiac signs ”Our diversity is part of – the Dragon. Festivals welcoming in the year of the Dragon were held our national identity and throughout New Zealand. The Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Hon Judith this we acknowledge and Collins, hosted a gathering of 250 people at Parliament, including celebrate.” the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, business leaders, dignitaries and Hon Judith Collins, members of the Chinese community. Minister for Ethnic Affairs 25
  • 28. SECTION 1 5 SECTION 5: MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING NEW ZEALAND’S REPUTATION FOR SOCIAL HARMONY CONTINUED CHINESE NEW YEAR 2012 Eid ul-Fitr at Parliament The festival of Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a period of contemplation, reflection and fasting. Muslims in New Zealand and around the world fast and pray to gain spiritual harmony and to give thanks for the health and happiness of friends and family. Each year members of New Zealand’s Muslim community gather at Parliament to celebrate Eid. EID AT PARLIAMENT 26
  • 29. SECTION 5 Diwali lights up Parliament Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is India’s biggest and most significant celebration. It is enjoyed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. Diwali is celebrated around the world and has become a well-established part of New Zealand’s cultural calendar. In 2011 around 300 people attended the celebration of Diwali at Parliament.DIWALI CELEBRATIONCommunity events Death and Diversity exhibition About 44,000 people attended the Death and Diversity exhibition at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. The exhibition explores the diverse rituals surrounding death through the experiences of members of Wellington’s Assyrian, Chinese, Colombian, Hindu, Jewish, Mexican and Muslim communities. It was supported by the Office of Ethnic Affairs and included a public programme of talks that examined ethnic, interfaith and youth perspectives on grief, the afterlife and remembrance. 27
  • 30. SECTION 1 5 SECTION 5: MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING NEW ZEALAND’S REPUTATION FOR SOCIAL HARMONY CONTINUED Kiwi Day Out festival The Kiwi Day Out festival attracted tens of thousands of people to “They have the power to Auckland Domain on Labour Day in 2011. It gave people a chance to wind mould New Zealand’s down from the Rugby World Cup and learn about the cultural identities future as a dynamic country that taps into of the 20 participating countries, including Namibia, Georgia, Romania, the benefits of diversity. I Argentina, France and South Africa. think young people have more power than they The Office sponsored the ‘international village’, where each nation had a realise. Our future is in their tent to display the arts, crafts, costumes and performances of its country. hands.” It was a great chance for people to learn about the Office’s role and share Lucy Liang, the Office of the benefits of ethnic diversity in their community. Ethnic Affairs’ National Operations Manager Race Relations Day: A Fair Go for All People around New Zealand celebrated the 2012 Race Relations Day in March with a variety of activities. The Office of Ethnic Affairs organised the government event in Wellington. As well as hearing from the Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Hon Judith Collins, and the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Affairs, Melissa Lee, the audience enjoyed the inspirational speeches of two local schoolgirls, Rima Shenoy and Nera Tamara Tautau. These young ladies were the winners of the Wellington Regional heat of the Race Unity Speech Awards. Rima went on to win the national Race Unity Speech award. 28
  • 31. SECTION 6 SECTION 6 SECTION 6: LEADING THE WAY The Office of Ethnic Affairs aims to be a centre of excellence for ethnic diversity issues. We pride ourselves in taking the lead in our actions, the support we provide to projects and the advice we give. Ethnic Affairs Advisor selected as emerging leader Asma Bashir, a Senior Ethnic Affairs Advisor, was selected as an emerging “One of the key messages female leader in the public service by a US project designed to encourage was that diversity in gender balance in the public service worldwide by 2050. leadership is vital and women need to have the courage to engage with According to the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Director Mervin Singham, Asma’s issues.” nomination reflects the astute and insightful role she has developed within the Muslim community in New Zealand. Asma Bashir, Senior Ethnic Affairs Advisor The Woman in Public Service project, which was launched by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also aims to support emerging female leaders with training, mentoring and networking opportunities. As part of the project, Asma flew to Washington DC in December 2011 to attend a conference and came home inspired by the stories of courage she had heard from other women. ASMA BASHIR 29
  • 32. SECTION 1 SECTION 6 6 SECTION 6: LEADING THE WAY CONTINUED The Office of Ethnic Affairs receives Korean Ambassador’s Award The Office of Ethnic Affairs is proud to be the first recipient of the Korean Ambassador’s Award. The award was created by the Korean Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand the Republic of Korea. IAIN SANDS It recognises outstanding contributions to the welfare and integration of the Korean community in New Zealand. His Excellency, Yongkyu Park, awarded the honour to Iain Sands, Ethnic Affairs Advisor, at Korean Day celebrations in Auckland. ETHNIC AFFAIRS’ STAFF IN ACTION 30
  • 33. SECTION 6 SECTION 6 Our online The Office of Ethnic Affairs has been developing its online presence, presence making it easier to share information and knowledge, and build connections. Facebook See our Facebook page EthnicA for the latest news, photos and links to videos and information. Twitter Twitter is another way people can keep up to speed with news and events. Follow us on Twitter: @EthnicA2 Scribd We share documents on Scribd: YouTube We have our own YouTube channel: This is a great way to share the community events in which we are involved. See inspirational stories from some of our speakers from the 2012 EthnicA conference. Website Our website includes lots of content and resources, including: • Weaving New Zealand’s Future, which explains the work of the Office of Ethnic Affairs and ethnic diversity in New Zealand. • Riding the Wave, a manual for employers and managers to help them take advantage of the benefits of an ethnically diverse workplace. Riding Our redesigned website is expected to go live towards the the Wave Moving from the ‘Right Thing’ to do to the Bright Thing to do when maximising the benefits that ethnic diversity brings end of 2012: to our workplace. 31
  • 34. Published in 2012 by the Office of Ethnic Affairs46 Waring Taylor StreetWellingtonNew ZealandAll rights reserved. For all enquiries contact the publisher.Copyright © The Office of Ethnic Affairs 2012ISBN 978-0-478-35565-9 A year in review 2011–2012Phone: +64 4 494 0546Email: ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nzWebsite: