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  1. 1. The Voiceof ethnic communitiesEthnic Peoples Advisory Panel Issue 1: November 2011 Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel (EPAP) Our journey so far By Dr Camille NakhidEPAP’s beginningF or the past seven months since its establishment in March 2011, EPAP has actively sought to be the voice ofethnic communities. One of the earliest tasks for EPAP wasto review and revise its Terms of Reference/ RelationshipAgreement with council to better reflect, not only council’sexpectations of EPAP, but EPAP’s relationship with counciland ethnic communities.Plans, presentations and progressEPAP has set up four sub-committees—Economic, Youth,Communication and Engagement, and Social and Com-munity Wellbeing based on priority areas of council andthe activities of the panel’s Work Programme reflects thesekey areas.In May, EPAP held two forums with ethnic communities in Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel with Cr Richard Northeycentral Auckland and Waitakere to obtain their input intothe Auckland Unleashed document. Over 200 participants Members have attended a number of important eventsattended. The summary report of the feedback was given including the Diversity Conference in Hamilton, Te Kingito council to incorporate into their Draft Auckland Plan. Tuheitia Coronation Celebrations, the launch of the Settle-EPAP hosted an additional forum following the publication website, India Independence Day, and the Hongof the Draft Auckland Plan to gain the response of ethnic Kong and Diwali leaders to the Draft. EPAP is currently looking into the need for council policyEPAP members have made submissions to local board on migrants and refugees. EPAP also needs to considerplans; dog control policy/ bylaw; waste management and how it can best respond to incidents involving racism andminimisation plan; the alcohol plan; and the consultation discrimination.for the elimination of racial discrimination draft document. ChallengesThe panel is currently working on the adult entertainment EPAP believes that in order for it to provide effective advicepolicy and the long term plan 2012-22. to council it needs to engage with ethnic communities. ThePresentations have been made to EPAP by council and council, however, considers the panel members as expertsthe public at its monthly meetings on the Economic Deve- on the issues, needs and concerns affecting ethnic com-lopment Strategy, Draft Auckland Plan, Community Fund- munities. The panel believes that a lack of proper consulta-ing Policy, Local Board Plans, Rugby World Cup (ATEED), tion and engagement marginalises these communities andan Ethnic Mediation Panel (New Zealand Jewish Council the panel should be expected and encouraged to engageand the Auckland Jewish Council), and Community Deve- effectively with ethnic communities.lopment in the Supercity (Dr John Raeburn). The expectation that council policy will be EPAP’s perspec-In October, EPAP made a presentation to the Auckland tive has also posed some challenges. EPAP understandsCouncil’s Social and Community Development Forum to and does not expect that all their recommendations will behighlight the need for culturally appropriate facilities and heeded by council. However, it is reasonable for EPAP tocare for the aged. Currently, the Economic sub-committee expect that a rationale will be given for the decisions madeis preparing a presentation to council on the idea of an in relation to the advice given by EPAP to council. A furtherethnic business network that would develop the economic challenge is the brief time frame given for responding toprosperity and relationships among ethnic communities. submissions.The chair and EPAP members from the African community Futuremet with the South African High Commissioner to identify EPAP is aware that ethnic communities will remain a visibleways in which Auckland’s African communities can build presence in Auckland and looks to itself, ethnic communi-their economic potential. ties and council to ensure that it is able to be a relevant and worthwhile presence. 1
  2. 2. Welcome to The Voice Message from the mayorH ello and welcome to The Voice – the first newsletter of the Auckland Council’s Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel. G reat cities are built on strong local identities and cohesive communi- ties, two elements which are critical toEPAP was established under the Local Government Act my vision of Auckland as the world’s2010. The role and purpose of the panel is to identify and most liveable city.communicate to council the interests and preferences ofthe ethnic peoples of Auckland. The term of the panel is It is important that our communities, befrom March 2010 to November 2013. they geographical, ethnic, age or com- mon interest groups have a voice in theEPAP members are regularly requested by ethnic organi- development of Auckland.sations to attend various functions and this provides anopportunity for all members to meet with and engage with That is why one of my first acts as Mayor of the new Auck-people from various ethnic communities. land was to initiate the formation of the Ethnic Peoples Ad- visory Panel. This is a new model for Auckland, and I thankThe Auckland Council’s website provides information on everyone who put their name forward for consideration tomeetings and other key activities. The agenda and mi- be part of the panel.nutes of the monthly meetings as well as a FrequentlyAsked Questions are available to the public on the website: Like all of you, I want to build a better, stronger Our unique blend of people provides us with a vibrancy, energy and diversity that is the wellspring of our culturalThe panel is aware of the wealth of skills, cultures, know- richness and future prosperity.ledge, and perspectives that ethnic communities have andare able to contribute to Auckland’s peoplescape. It is the in- Our strength lies in our people and our variety, all contribut-tention of the panel that these contributions are recognised ing the ideas and enthusiasm that spark innovation. We doand play a part in the development and progress of Auck- not all think the same way about the same things – whichland so that Mayor Len Brown’s vision of becoming the most is one reason why this is such an exciting, innovative andliveable city in the world is, in part, due to the dynamic pre- entrepreneurial place to be.sence and involvement of the city’s ethnic communities. The challenge of our new Auckland is to build on theseThe panel intends that its work during the period of its term foundations, to reach out, connect, and genuinely valuewill be relevant and rewarding to ethnic communities, the each other. It’s important that our diverse communitiesAuckland Council and panel members, so that there is rea- have a mechanism to communicate and engage with Auck-son to sustain its existence beyond November 2013. land Council, and have a say in the future of Auckland.As Chair, I am grateful to the members for their commit- The panel under the leadership of Dr Camille Nakhid is thatment, enthusiasm, support and contributions towards mechanism for our ethnic communities and I am hugelyensuring the value and effectiveness of EPAP. encouraged in its progress to date. I know the panel will provide thoughtful and valuable strategic advice to me andEPAP also appreciates the support of Mayor Len Brown and the council, to help ensure our region embraces our differ-Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and the ongoing assistance of ences positively.councillors Richard Northey and council staff Rina Tagore,Rebecca McGarry, Abba Fidow and Raewyn Stone. This newsletter is one of a number of tools that will assist the panel and the council in the vital task of ensuring thatWe look forward to hearing from you and your communi- the many diverse ethnic communities that make up Auck-ty so that we can work together with council to grow the land have a means of communicating with the council andstrongest ethnic communities for the wellbeing of Auckland its representatives.and New Zealand. ― Dr Camille Nakhid Len Brown Mayor of Auckland QuizH ere is an opportunity for our readers to win a prize while exercising their brain cells.Please answer the following quiz and email youranswers to: withNewsletter Quiz on the subject line. Entries close on FridayDecember 9.Who said this?“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsi-ble, none is so degrading, so shocking, or so brutal as hisabuse of the better half of humanity; to me, the female sexis not the weaker sex.” Mayor Len Brown with Korean leaders and some EPAP membersA. John Adams, second president of the United States The first correct answer to be drawn will win two movieB. Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of UK passes. The prize winning entry will be drawn on theC.Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence movement leader 10 December at the EPAP monthly meeting and will beD. Gloria Steinem, journalist and women’s rights activist announced in the newsletter.2
  3. 3. Introducing the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel By Asoka BasnayakeT he Mayor of Auckland, His Worship Len Brown, appointed the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel (EPAP)in March 2011. Jeet Suchdev QSM, JP: Jeet is from India and is well known for his work with the Indian community. He is the founder, chair and trustee ofTwelve members were selected based on their individual Bharathiya Samaj Charitable Trustskills, experience and relationships with their communities. which provides services to people Dr Camille Nakhid (Chair): Dr of Indian origin. He was awarded Nakhid is from Trinidad and Toba- the Queens Services Medal for his go and is a senior lecturer at AUT work. University. She is also the chair of the Migrant Action Trust and an John Hong: John is an English executive member of the Wait- teacher, businessman, interpreter akere Ethnic Board and the West and translator from China. His Indian/Caribbean Society. expertise is in communication, community liaison and internationalRev Amail Habib (Deputy Chair): relations.Rev Habib is from Pakistan withmany years experience as a schoolprincipal in Dubai. He has man- Kafeba Pergoleze Alvis Mundele:aged his own business, worked Kafeba was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ain real estate and is a reverend in banker and a community develop-West Auckland Anglican Parish. ment professional, he has qualifica-He is the Chair of the Waitakere tions in Social Practice, Theology,Ethnic Board (WEB). Linguistics and African Cultures. He is the pastor of Green Pastures Ann Pala QSM: Ann is a Fiji-born Christian Centre. He is the presi- community development consul- dent of the Congolese community tant, an advocate for ethnic commu- and chair of the National Refugee nities and a business woman. She Network. was awarded a Queens Services Medal for her work with women and children in ethnic communities in Sadiqa Hajee: Sadiqa who works 2007. for the Auckland District Health Board is from Bahrain. She has affiliations with the Al MustafaAsoka Basnayake (Media Charity Centre and Iranian MuslimSpokesperson): Asoka is from Association of NZ. She works withSri Lanka and has a background Middle Eastern research, journalism, commu-nication and migrant settlement. Susan Zhu: Susan is a former teacher from China. SheShe is an experienced commu- recently completed a law degreenity broadcaster and writes on and has served the community onmigrant issues. She serves on the Asian Police Reference Group,the Asian Advisory Board of NZ Waita- kere Ethnic Board (WEB), Police Auckland. and the Chinese Oral History Foun- Bevan Chuang: Bevan was born dation Trust. As a social worker in Hong Kong. Her background in she works with many communities the arts and culture has helped her other than her own. to serve on the Chinese Commu- nity Centre and Asian New Zealand Tuwe Kudakwashe: A former hu- Young Leaders Network. man resources manager, Tuwe Grace Sook was born in Zimbabwe. Tuwe cur- Ryu: Born rently works in health promotionin Korea, Grace works at the Wait- among African communities andemata District Health Board and is a member of African Communityleads the Asian Health Team. She Inc., Zimbabwe Association, andalso holds positions of governance a board member of the Aucklandwith Ethnic Advisory Board of Waite Refugee Council. Tuwe is a pas-mata Police and Waitakere Ethnic sionate activist for social justiceBoard (WEB). and human rights. 3
  4. 4. Join the ‘It’s Not Okay’ campaign The NZ refugee strategy – By Ann Pala a case for reviewA lthough we have many educational and awareness By Kafeba Pergoleze Alvis Mundele N programmes, statistics on domestic violence still re- ew Zealand resettles around 1200 refugees yearly.main high. Family violence adds to the break up of families, How do refugees arrive in New Zealand?children being the most vulnerable, and has detrimental ef- • Annual Refugee Quota of 750 refugees referredfects on the lives of women. Violence and sexual abuse by the UNHCR but operated by Immigration Newrates against women in New Zealand are among the high- Zealand.est in the OECD. • Family Reunification: Refugee families already inBroken Promises, Broken Brides, a recent documentary NZ sponsor up to 300 of their family members.screened on TVone featured the plight of abused women. It • Asylum: A small group of about 150 former asylumwas the tip of the iceberg, powerful enough to throw some seekers who meet the requirements for protectionlight on the issues. under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relat-The documentary features Asian women’s groups keen not ing to the Status of Refugees.only to draw attention to these issues, but to be involved The most common settlement issues refugees face in-in actual cases. The story about the woman I helped took clude: housing, employment, health (especially mental11 years of support and the scars still remain. Not all cases health), youth issues and gaps in the education provision.have good outcomes. Domestic violence results in missedopportunities, loss of economic equality and lack of per- For many years now, leaders of refugee communitiessonal development. Often due to family and self shame, have been very vocal in pointing out that there is a need toviolence is not reported and threats of death in foreign review the policies on how to deal with resettlementcountries of families often add to non-reporting. issues of refugees. About two years ago, the Department of Labour (DOL) initiated The New Zealand Refugee Reset-Violence against women includes but is not limited to: phy- tlement Strategy—a new move towards addressing pastsical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the inadequacies in resettlement. The following summarisesfamily, including battering, sexual abuse of female children the goals for refugees arriving in New Zealand:in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, fe-male genital mutilation and other traditional practices harm- Refugees are participating and fully integratedful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to socially and economically as soon as possible so that they are living independently, undertakingexploitation. The term ‘violence against women’means any the same responsibilities and exercising the sameact of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to rights as other New Zealanders and have a strongresult in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffer- sense of belonging to their own community and toing to women. This includes threats of coercion or arbitrary New Zealand.deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in pri- According to DOL the five outcomes for integration are:vate life. Violence is not limited to intimidation at work, itis in educational institutions and elsewhere, trafficking and • Self sufficiency: All refugees who can work are em-forced prostitution. ployed • Participation: Refugees have a strong sense ofViolence against women is a manifestation of unequal identity and belonging to NZ and are well connec-power relations between men and women, and is often ted to their families, their ethnic communities andfound in cultures that are traditionally patriarchal. the NZ communities in which they liveSettling in a new country brings its own challenges. Mi- • Health and wellbeing: Refugees enjoy healthy in-nority groups from all over the world, including refugee or dependent livesmigrant women, destitute women, women in institutions • Education: Refugees’ English language skills en-or in detention, female child- ren, women with disabilities, able them to participate in education and achieveelderly women and women in situations of armed conflict, qualifications, and support them to participate inare especially vulnerable to violence and New Zealand is daily exception. • Housing: Refugees live independently of govern-The annual White Ribbon Day March will be held on ment housing assistance in homes that are safe,November 25, meeting at Waitakere Hospital at 12:30. The secure, healthy and affordable.march starts at 1pm and ends at Falls Park. Please par- The stakeholders who were consulted in the developmentticipate to support the elimination of all forms of violence of the strategy include various non government organisa-against women. tions (NGO), some territorial local authorities and central government agencies. Refugees from all over New Zealand are enthusiastically Support services for migrant and refugee women: waiting for the implementation of the strategy (when the • Shakti: immigration minister signs it) whether the strategy brings • Shine: the long awaited relief to the refugees remains to be seen. • Fatima Foundation: ph (09) 276 7680 Disclaimer: While the views and opinons expressed in the newslet- Contact: Police at 111 or any of the above groups. ter are those of the council appointed Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel, Seek help! they are not necessarily the views and opinions of Auckland Council.4