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Tauranga Harmony Evening

22 October: Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council Inc. is inviting all to Harmony Evening from 7pm to 9pm at Village Hall, Historic Village at 17th Avenue.

The Chinese Language School and the Chinese Community will present an evening about China culture, art and food.

The evening is open. Please bring food to share for a potluck dinner. A small donation to cover the costs is welcome.

For further information please ring the office on (07) 5716419.

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Auckland Languages Strategy consultation

If you are involved with supporting or working with languages in Auckland in any way, the Auckland Languages Strategy Working Group wants to hear from you.

The diverse group of representatives from language organisations, communities, academics and local government has been working towards an Auckland Languages Strategy, and they will be ready soon to consult on their first draft.

To be included in the consultation, please email Susan Warren, COMET Auckland chief executive: susan.warren@cometauckland.org.nz.

 

Kupu o te Wiki

This year’s Maori Language Week has the theme – Te Kupa o te Wiki: The Word of the Week.

For kupu of the week connect to this website: http://www.korero.maori.nz/news/mlw

Tokelau Language Week is 27 October to 1 November.

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Save the date! Regional Interfaith Forum 2015

The Palmerston North Interfaith group will be hosting the 2015 North Island Regional Interfaith Forum on Saturday 29 August 2015 at Te Whaiora Centre at Massey University, Palmerston North. Contact: Todd Nachowitz by email: toddnach@gmail.com

 

WIFCO to launch ‘Compassionate Cities’ initiative

The Waikato Interfaith Council has been working since early this year on launching a “Compassionate Cities” initiative, based on the work of Karen Armstrong.

WIFCO is currently seeking partner organisations and associations to help form a steering committee. The first meeting will be held on Thursday 13th November at 5:30pmChartwell RoomHamilton Gardens.

More details will follow as the campaign gathers steam. If you or your organisation wants to be part of this initiative please let us know as soon as possible. Email: wifconz@gmail.com.

 

Auckland Interfaith end-of-year event

The Auckland Inter-Faith Council end of year event will be held on Saturday afternoon 8 November from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. The venue is to be the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Lincoln Park Avenue in Massey.

A variety of faith groups will present music and readings to reflect the theme:  Flowers of Faith – A Spring Bouquet of Song and Music from our Diverse Faith Communities.

The programme will be followed by a simple afternoon tea. There is no charge and the event is open to the public.  For further information please contact: NZAIFC@gmail.com

 

Wellington Abrahamic event

Wellington Council of Christian and Jews (soon to be the Wellington Abrahamic Council) is hosting a public seminar on euthanasia on Wednesday 22 October at 7.30pm at the Wellington Jewish Community Centre, 80 Webb Street.

A Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspective will be provided on this important debate. Speakers include Dr John Kliensman, Dr Khalid Sandhu and Yitzchak Mizrahi.

For more information please contact Sister Catherine Jones c.jones@wn.catholic.org.nz  

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Statement issued by NZ Religious Communities Leadership Forum

The Religious Leaders Group spoke out on 3 October about international events that have impacted on religious communities living in New Zealand.  The Forum represents the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, New Zealand Indian Central Association, New Zealand Buddhist Council, and the New Zealand Jewish Council.

“Many of the issues from overseas that impact on us here are geo-political in nature and are wrongly interpreted as being religious.  We as a community of faith of Aotearoa are committed to the peace and harmony that we enjoy in New Zealand,” says Dr Anwar Ghani President of the Federation of Islamic Association of NZ.

“Our wider New Zealand community has within it over 50 ethnic communities who have come to this country because of our democracy, peaceful nature and human rights.  We do not tolerate any form of anti-Semitic behaviour; nor do the Jewish community accept Islamophobia.”

For further information contact Joan Buchanan on 0274 853 128

 

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith celebrate five years

Congratulations to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) who celebrated their first five years on 11 October. NZCBCIR functions include building relationships with people of other faiths in New Zealand, networking with other interfaith groups, and education for Catholics on the church’s teaching on interfaith relations.

For further information, contact: c.jones@wn.catholic.org.nz  

 

 

Islam Awareness Harmony Awards

Islam Awareness Week (IAW) was launched on 18 August in Wellington. The theme for IAW this year was “Charity begins at Home”.  The event included the announcement of the 2014 Harmony Award winners. The award winners this year included Maria Sammons from Waikato and Alan and Linda Geeves from Wellington. The Harmony Awards recognise efforts to improve understanding and harmony between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy delivered a keynote address at the Wellington launch.

 

Students’ Day of Diversity

The first school students’ Day of Diversity, organised by the Auckland Interfaith Council and the Unitec chaplaincy and multi-faith team, was held on 13 August in the Unitec marae. Eighty five senior students from seven secondary schools (including three state, one Muslim and three church schools) sent groups of 10 – 12 students. A further four state schools were represented by individual students who were speaking for their respective religions.

The students spent the day in small mixed groups. They heard three students speak on the theme of ‘Relating to the Environment’ from the perspective of their different religions and three from a further three religions addressing the theme of ‘Promoting World Peace’.

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For more information please contact Jocelyn Armstrong aifcsec1@xtra.co.nz

 

Faith in Papatoetoe

Two events organised by local Papatoetoe Sikh resident, Raj Bedi, were enjoyed by representatives of the Indian community and the Papatoetoe Historical Society. The first event at the Papatoetoe Sports Centre on 15 August coincided with Indian Independence Day.  Participants at this event where asked to share their stories about settling in Papatoetoe.  The second event on 16 September involved a talk about Sikh traditions and religious attire.

For more information please contact jennya.clark@xtra.co.nz

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Regional Settlement Network

23 October:  Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is holding a Regional Settlement Network meeting.

At this meeting, you can hear about the Cities of Migration – a global initiative that seeks to improve local integration practice in major immigrant receiving cities worldwide through information sharing about “Good Ideas in Integration”, under the five headings of - Plan, Live, Connect, Work and Learn.

Please contact reception@arms-mrc.org.nz for further details.

 

Celebrating diversity through theatre

The British Council New Zealand in association with Iron Oxide (UK) and Made in Scotland are proud to announce the NZ tour of HeLa – one of the most thought-provoking pieces of theatre from the UK in recent memory focusing on diversity, human rights and racism.

For more information see: http://piyn.net/news/hela/

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Computers in Homes programme

The Computers in Homes programme for Families with Refugee Background had a graduation for participants at the RYAN Centre in Mt Roskill on Saturday 11 October.

The computer training facility at the RYAN Centre hosts these activities and events in a 3-way partnership with the Ministry of Education and the 2020 Trust.

Families receive free training, a refurbished high-end computer, technical support and free broadband for one year. Parents are assisted with transport and babysitting so that they can attend.

For more information visit www.computersinhomes.org.nz and: http://cihrefugee.blogspot.co.nz/

 

Safari Central

Leaving home for work in another country can be daunting – especially for migrant and refugee families who must make sense of a foreign world on their own, often with little command of English.

Discovering the Safari Central Multi-cultural Playgroup in Lynfield is a huge relief to many families and is making life much better for new settlers.

The programme provides an informal supportive environment for migrant and refugee mums and children from different countries.

They bond over shared experiences while gaining skills and confidence in English, learning about Early Childhood Education and schooling in New Zealand.

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For more information please contact Robyn Langford, programme coordinator: robynl@arms-mrc.org.nz

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Diwali 2014

Public celebrations for Diwali kicked off over the weekend in Auckland and will continue around the country throughout October and November. Known as the festival of the lights, Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life.

It is the time for lighting small oil lamps (diyas) and candles and placing them around the home and setting off fireworks. Once again a special Diwali event, organised by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, will be held in Parliament on Tuesday 28 October.

For more information about Diwali please visit http://asianz.org.nz/our-work/arts-and-community/festivals/diwali-festival-lights

 

New Zealand Red Cross launches Pathways to Employment for refugees

New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh start with the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service. For the full story see: https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/stories/pathways-to-employment-launch/

 

Special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online

Sue Elliott and Jay Marlowe have just published a special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online related to refugee settlement and seeking asylum in Aotearoa.  Every paper has a refugee background author and the journal is open access meaning anyone can read it free of charge.  

 

Pacific Women’s Watch

8 November:     The 2014 New Zealand Women’s Watch Conference is on at Western Springs Garden Centre, Auckland. The annual half-day conference will focus on looking forward towards a post-2015 global, sustainable development agenda: Signposts for women’s goals – in solidarity with ECOSOC*.  A line-up of women leaders will share their views and hopes for what should be included in UN’s post 2015 development goals.

For more information email: info@pacificwomenswatch.org.nz or phone (09) 575 1523.

 

Interpreting New Zealand

11November:   Interpreting New Zealand is holding its Annual General Meeting. Please contact Shaimaa on (09) 916 2462 or email: info@interpret.org.nz by 31 October if you would like to attend or are interesting in joining the board.

Dr Ben Gray of Otago Medical School will talk about “Communication in Interpreted Health Encounters: processes and perceptions”.

 

Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific Conference

27- 29 November : Pacific Media Centre, AUT University will be hosting a “Pacific Journalism in the Asia Pacific” Conference at AUT University.  

Atrocities against journalists, asylum seekers, climate change, surveillance laws, media freedom, human rights, cultural diversity and plurality are among many of the issues that will be showcased.

Keynote speaker is film maker and journalist Max Stahl of Timor-Leste. The conference marks 20 years of publication of the media research journal Pacific Journalism Review.

Conference website and registrations: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/articles/pjr-20th-anniversary-conference.

 

Peaceful Family Communications

1, 8, 22 & 29 November: The Peace Foundation invites you to attend the ‘Peaceful Family Communication’ workshop at Takapuna Primary School. For more information email virin@peacefoundation.org.nz or phone Virin Gomber on (09) 373-2379 or 021 1884969. This workshop is fun and friendly and will provide a set of easy-to-use and practical skills to all adults including parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, social workers and counsellors.

 

The 2014 Annual Human Rights Lecture

The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice presents:

The 2014 Annual Human Rights Lecture: State Liability for the Right to Life, by Professor Satvinder Juss. Please RSVP by 30 October at www.law.auckland.ac.nz/juss specifying Auckland or Wellington.

Wellington: Tuesday 4 November 2014, 5:30-7:00pm

Venue:           Russell McVeagh, 157 Lambton Quay.

Auckland: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 6:00-7:00pm

Venue:          Stone Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Law, 9 Eden Crescent

 

Niche Media Ltd

14November: Niche Media Ltd in conjunction with Unitec, is holding the Ethnic Media Symposium. The full day event will be held at Unitec University. Niche Media understands the expanding and diverse multicultural consumer market within New Zealand.

 

ARMS- Auckland Migrant Services

10 December: A unique occasion, showcasing ARMS partnership projects, supporting former refugees to transform their lives in enterprising ways.   The purpose of this event is to bring together friends and supporters to learn more about our community development projects, to partake of a variety of ethnic cuisine, and to experience fine company and unique entertainment.

To register for the event, please link to http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2014/making-difference/auckland For further information, please email: ajakoabann@gmail.com or phone: 021 117 9648.

Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi

The Whangarei Art Museum will be hosting a major exhibition from Taichung City, showcasing the vibrant arts and cultural treasures from Taiwanese artists and indigenous communities.
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Peace Conference advertising leafletAhmadiyya Muslim Jama’at NZ Inc is once again sponsoring a Peace Conference at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden on 23rd August,2014.
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Muliticultural Rotorua are offering a range of activities and events this month − from learning Thai to cooking Japanese cuisine, learning te reo Māori to celebrating Bastille Day. Check out what’s on offer.
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The Asian News, first launched as an English language newspaper for Asian Migrants in 1991, is undergoing a makeover. Over the years, the paper has branched out to meet the changing profile of immigrants settling in New Zealand.
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Toi Huarewa is Toi Ora’s homage to one of the pou of community art in Tamaki Makaurau.
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Whangarei Migrant Centre is organising a Potluck Dinner for Wednesday 16th July (5.30pm to 7.30pm). Please bring a plate of food for sharing.
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Tangata Tiriti – Treaty People

An interactive workshop on the Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi is not only important in history, it is an important issue in Aotearoa New Zealand today. It is at the heart of the discussion about what it means to be a New Zealander, and who we are as a nation.

This workshop will give you a personal link to the Treaty by helping you to understand the context in which the Treaty was signed, the relationships Mori intended to have with all settlers, and the Treaty’s relevance today.
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Take a trip round the world! Experience a multicultural extravangaza of live music and dance showcasing the talents of our ethnic community. This spectacular show presented by Manawatu Multicultural Council and directed by Pat Snoxell − it will enthral and captivate  you throughout the evening.
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NZ Diversity Forum – register now!

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Registrations are now open for the 10th annual New Zealand Diversity Forum. It’s free to register this year but we do need to know how many people will be attending for catering purposes.

View the forum programme here.

World Refugee Day event honours healthy relationships, safe families and strong communities

With over 45 million people in the world today forcibly displaced – over 20 million of whom are refugees – World Refugee Day is not a cause for celebration. Thomas Banda, general manager of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, says, “The purpose of World Refugee Day is to honour the courage and determination of refugees worldwide. This Sunday on June 22, we will be affirming the resilience of refugee-background families and communities who have settled in the Wellington region.”
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World Refugee Day Art Day 2014

Image: Wellesley College for Refugee DayThe art room at Wellesley College, Days Bay Wellington was a hive of creative activity last Thursday as children from two schools, St Michael’s and Holy Cross joined a group of students from Wellesley College for a day of art and friendship. This was to mark UNHCR World Refugee Day on June 20. This was the fifth year that this annual event has been hosted by Wellesley College in partnership with Refugee Trauma Recovery.

Eve Owen the art teacher worked with the children as they sketched and painted on the theme of ‘One Person’. This was in keeping with the UNHCR global 1campaign.  The drawing of the person was wrapped in a cloak  representing humanity and all we bring with us – our favourite number, colour, symbols and images of hope. ‘It was wonderful to observe the children as they created their paintings incorporating their personal designs, colours and symbols into their work’ says Joy from Refugee Trauma Recovery.   
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Representatives of the Refugee Council of New Zealand in Geneva this week attending the international UNHCR annual consultations are initiating dialogue about those displaced by climate change, particularly around the Pacific.

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New Zealand’s Asylum Policy

Recently author Tracey Barnett presented a plea for greater public attention to New Zealand’s policy on asylum seekers.
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World Refugee Day: 20 June

Since 2001, World Refugee Day has been held every year on 20 June to celebrate the strength and courage of the more than 45 million people forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution.

Events taking place throughout New Zealand include:
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand) extends an open invitation to come and hear from women who attended the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, March 2014.
When:  Wednesday 18 June, 6.30pm (open from 6pm)
Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland


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The theme of the next TANI meeting is quality life and cultural understanding in palliative care.
When: Wednesday 11 June, 10am – 12noon
Where: Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland.


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A new book on human rights in the Asia-Pacific has been published with chapters on climate change refugees, coups, indigenous land rights, militarisation, nuclear testing, political dynasties, and transition in Timor-Leste and West Papua. Written by AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie, Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face : Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific spans three decades in the region.
More information is available here

The Migrant Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau are hosting a morning tea to show appreciation for Whangarei volunteers.
When:  19 June, 10.30am-12noon.
For more information contact: Sophia Xiao-Colley, whangareimc@gmail.com

 

Volunteering Canterbury is hosting a special event called ‘Celebrating Volunteering’ at the Christchurch City Council Civic Offices.
When: Wednesday 18 June 2014, 10am-5pm
Where: Function Room – Civic Offices, Worcester Boulevard
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Interpreters needed

Interpreting New Zealand is recruiting now for its next introductory interpreting course starting in July 2014. You will need to be available during working hours; a NZ citizen or holder of a permanent residence status and proficient in English and any of the following languages: Assyrian; Burmese; Cantonese; Chin; Cook Islands Maori; Fijian; Fijian Hindi; Greek; Japanese; Karen; Kiribati; Turkish; Urdu; Khmer; Korean; Nepali; Russian; Samoan; Sinhalese; Somali; Tagalog; Tigrinya; Tamil; Tokelauan; Tongan; Tuvalu; Vietnamese.
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Disabled women are invited to attend a workshop to discuss human rights and to provide feedback for a report that New Zealand NGOs will be submitting to the Beijing + 20 review – a global review to see how well States are doing to promote women’s empowerment.
When: Monday 16 June, 10am – 1pm
Where: CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland
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Young Catholics and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from across the country will visit some of New Zealand’s political  leaders at Parliament this month.  Around 40 young adults will meet with Prime Minister John Key and a number of Members of Parliament on 25 June.


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To celebrate World Refugee Day (20 June), Red Cross Refugee Services is hosting a fund-raiser which includes a screening of “Memories of Bhutan” a locally produced DVD of collected stories of six Bhutanese elders of the Nelson community.
When: Monday 23 June, 5.30-8pm
Where: The Yurt at The Free House, 95 Collingwood Street, Nelson

Matariki Festival, Nelson

The theme for this year’s Matariki (Māori new year) festival in Nelson is the Evolution of Dance. Celebrate the journey from the beginning when people first started to make music and move to rhythms – through to today’s wide-ranging dance styles from Aotearoa and across the globe.
When: Wednesday 18 June, 4.30-8.30pm
Where: Victory Community Centre and Railway Reserve, Nelson

Are you passionate about creative writing, and were you born outside New Zealand? 20 are invited to participate in a series of free workshops coordinated by Auckland Council.  
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Volunteering New Zealand hopes that Volunteer Week will inspire New Zealanders to recognise the impact that volunteers have on our communities.  This year’s celebrations are based on the Māori proverb (whakataukī) “Nāku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tangata”, which translates as “With your contribution and my contribution the people will live”. For more information on how to acknowledge volunteers in your community visit the National Volunteer Week website

To celebrate the 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence the Embassy of the Philippines in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and NZ Filifest Cultural group presents Sayaw: a showcase of Philippine dances, with performances from the renowned Philippine Baranggay folk dance troupe from Manila and the NZ Filifest Cultural Group.New Picture (1)


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Matariki 2014

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. For many iwi, the rise of Matariki signals the start of the Māori New Year. In 2014, Matariki starts on 28 June. A range of events and celebrations will take place across the country.
For details visit the Eventfinda website

2014 marks the 10th year anniversary of the New Zealand Diversity Forum, and this year the theme is – Migrant and Refugee Employment: Valuing Diversity.
This year’s event will include a variety of speakers, panellists, and participants.
You can register for the New Zealand Diversity Forum 2014 here

Peace Movement Aotearoa is encouraging religious leaders and faith-based organisations to add their voices to an international Interfaith Declaration calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons (also known as “killer robots”).

People from around the world have signed an Interfaith Declaration which is calling on all governments to work towards a ban on the development, production and use of fully autonomous lethal weapons.


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Indigo Films – I Am Eleven

Indigo Festival Trust and the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) are showing the film I am Eleven on Friday 23 May, 6-8pm on Level 2 at the Garden Place Library, Hamilton. I am Eleven weaves together a deeply personal and at times hilarious portrait of what life is like for young people at this transitional age.


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Inter-Faith Event in Papatoetoe

Auckland Inter-Faith Council is hosting a special Inter-Faith Event in Papatoetoe.
When: Tuesday 10 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Where: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple, 202-204 Great South Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland.


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Douglas Pratt (PhD, DTheol), Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Waikato has been invited to give a presentation at an international workshop on religious diversity in Vienna, Austria later this month.

Professor Pratt will be speaking about how Aotearoa New Zealand’s population has changed over the past century and the impact this has had on ethnic and religious demographics. He will also talk about the creation of the New Zealand Statement on Religious Diversity (first published in 2007) and the status of religious diversity today.

Launch of ‘Work & Worship’

Dr Edwina Pio’s latest book Work & Worship was launched by Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy on 23 May at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland. The book considers religious diversity in the workplace from an employer and employee perspective. It focuses on five minority religions: Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Indian Christians and Zoroastrians.

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Registrations are now open for the annual New Zealand Diversity Forum to be held on Sunday and Monday 24−25 August at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

To register and for more information visit: NZ Diversity Forum 2014

Once again religious diversity will be a feature of the Forum. The Christchurch Interfaith Council will host a session on Sunday and on Monday there will be a focus on religious diversity workplace resources for employers and employees.

Now in its 10th year, the Forum is a unique national convention where people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity can come together to share ideas and good practice.

The 2014 National Interfaith Forum celebrates the unity in diversity of our interfaith organisations. Registration is still open for the Forum which is being hosted by the Dunedin Interfaith Council at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fenton Crescent, St Clair, Dunedin.

The event promises to be a great weekend with an amazing diversity of people already registered from across New Zealand.


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On 27 April, 17 Educators representing 12 languages participated in a half-day workshop at the Multicultural Services centre in Wellington. Rongotai MP the Hon. Annette King addressed the participants and wished everyone well for the way ahead for heritage language educators.
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Māori Language Week

Image: Logo for Maori Language WeekMāori Language Week is coming up on 21 – 27 July 2014.  The theme is  ‘Te Kupu o te Wiki, the Word of the Week.  We’ll have more details of events and what’s happening in our next issue. In the mean time check out this super geek tool for our language nerd buffs out there.
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Samoan Langauge Week is being celebrated from 25 May – this year’s theme is He kākano ahau, ruia mai i Rangiatea – I am a seed, scattered from Rangiatea.
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New Zealand Sign Language Week was successfully celebrated last week ( 12-18 May 2014). Hosted by Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand the week promotes one our our  country’s official languages: New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

New Zealand Sign Language Week raises awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and the contribution and colour NZSL brings as well as raise awareness about challenges that Deaf people face each day.

NZSL is the natural language of Deaf New Zealanders, as it reflects the country’s culture and includes signs for Māori terminology and concepts unique to New Zealand.  As an official New Zealand language, NZSL is used daily by more than 24,000 New Zealanders. NZSL uses a combination of hand shapes, facial expressions and body movements to convey meaning, and has its own structure and grammar which differs to the English language.

To find out more visit: www.nzslweek.org.nz

E ngā mana, e nga reo,
E ngā karangatanga maha,
Tēnā koutou

All authorities, all voices,
All the many alliances and affiliations,
Greetings

Naomi your usual newsletter editor has kindly lent me her baton for this newsletter while she takes time out to look after her lovely new born baby.

Te Waka Reo this month has a number of pānui (notices) from our Diversity whānau (family).

We are going to just take a moment to reflect about the role languages in regards to Human Rights.

The right to learn and use one’s own language is an internationally recognised human right. New Zealand has a particular responsibility to ensure the protection and use of te reo Māori as an indigenous language, and also to ensure the survival of a number of Pacific languages, because of the special relationship with some Pacific Island countries and the high proportion of their populations that now live here.  Sign language as one of our nation’s official language’s is also promoted by the Commission.

It is appropriate in this newsletter to therefore acknowledge the wonderful language weeks that we are about to celebrate.

Ngā manaakitanga ki a koutou mo tenei wa

Jessica Kereama

Registrations are now open for the  NZ Diversity Forum to be held in Christchurch on 24 & 25 August at the University of Canterbury (include link). Attendance on Sunday and Monday is free.
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When: Monday 12 May 2014, 8 pm
Where: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church Lounge

Rachael Harris presents:

The changing face of co-governance in New Zealand - a study of arrangements between the Crown and Ngāi Tahu, and the Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe in facilitating a Treaty-based future.

Rachael Harris is a masters student at the University of Canterbury, studying under the School of Law in conjunction with the Ngai Tahu Research Centre. Her research topic is co-governance, and how this is being facilitated in a contemporary environment through the efforts of two iwi: Ngai Tahu and Ngai Tuhoe.

Rachael is from Wellington, but has studied in Christchurch for the past six years, receiving her LLB and BA in Maori and Indigenous Studies in 2012. She affiliates with Ngati Tama and Ngati Pamoana.

This will be followed by discussion.

The address will be preceded by a short AGM of Network Waitangi Otautahi at 7.30 pm.

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For further information please contact organisers@nwo.org.nz or phone phone 365 5266.

 

Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.
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The Peace Foundation runs in-school workshops to educate students on peaceful conflict resolution through student lead negotiation and mediation.

Our programmes are known to assist with the reduction of conflict to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff. We cater to students at all levels in both kura kaupapa and mainstream schools. Our programmes are funded by the Ministry of Health and can be provided with little to no cost to your school.
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This  unique conference challenges perceptions of what it means to be Chinese and celebrates the journeys of leading local and overseas-born Chinese personalities.
Keynote speakers include Mai Chen talking about NZ Asian Leaders and the “bamboo ceiling”. There will also be guest speakers from the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The conference will include the launch of the sequel to Meemee Phipps’ best-selling novel Memories in the Bone as well as a showcase from the NZCA Auckland Viva Ecletika dance group.
For more information visit the Going Bananas website.

The AGM will include an address by guest speaker Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central.  Certificates will be presented to tutors and learners, followed by light refreshments and time for socialising.

When: Tuesday 6 May, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Where: Multicultural Services Centre, Level 1, 39 Webb Street.

Please RSVP. Tel: 04 384 1992 or email: wellington@englishlanguage.org.nz.

Introduction to the New Zealand Education System

Find out about teaching and learning in New Zealand, types of schools, the curriculum and parents’ rights and responsibilities. Guest presenter: Abdi Bihi, Migrant and Refugee Education Coordinator, Ministry of Education.
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Nau mai, haere mai – the Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui – Wellington Central Library is offering free lunchtime talks on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Tuesday 6 May, 12.30–1.30pm
‘Wai 262’, Flora and Fauna claim, Aroha Mead

Tuesday 13 May, 12.30–1.30pm
Te Tiriti relationships: the way ahead. Kiritapu Allan, Hannah Northover, and Fetu-ole-moana Tamapeau; Convenor: Jen Margaret (Wellington Treaty Network)

Find out more by visiting wcl.govt.nz/tiriti .

The Peace Foundation is hosting a free course aimed at building peaceful families and communities. The course is fun and friendly and gives parents, teachers and caregivers new skills to help them to respond to unwanted behaviours and resolve conflict peacefully and successfully.

When:     Saturdays 10 and17 May, 10am – 4pm
Where:    Manurewa Library Meeting Room, 7 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland.

To register, contact Virin Gomber  (09) 373 2379 or virin@peacefoundation.org.nz.

Natyaloka School of Indian Classical Dance is dancing as part of International Dance Day celebrations in Dunedin. The event is hosted by DANZ and is part of a week of creative and cultural dance workshops and demonstrations.

When: 4 May, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin.

U&I Learn Italian
Learn basic Italian while making tiramisu − a coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. This three hour session with Italian tutor Sara Walker is limited to 14 people.
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Mangere Community Law Centre is running its popular Law in a Nutshell course every Wednesday, 9:30am – 12:30pm from 14 May 2014 to 2 July 2014. There are eight sessions in total.
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Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is hosting a network meeting to discuss the changing landscape for Settlement Support in Auckland.

The meeting will include a presentation from Immigration NZ about the new model replacing SSNZ from July this year. There will also be updates from Auckland Council on their role in supporting newcomers and Census data about who is settling where across Auckland.
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The 25th Annual General Meeting of the NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils will be held 27-29 June in Wellington, hosted by Multicultural Council Wellington.

The theme for the AGM is Elections 2014: Mobilising Ethnic Communities’ Participation.

There will be workshops on elections, volunteering and training as well as a political forum and community dinner. An action plan will also be developed.  The Women’s, Youth and Elders’ Councils have various programmes planned for the weekend. Further details will be posted on the Multicultural NZ Facebook page.

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO in conjunction with the AUT University Pacific Media Centre is presenting the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Lecture 2014 on Tuesday 6 May, 5.30-7.30 pm at Room WG 126, AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland.
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Whangarei Migrant Centre  is kicking off Youth Week 2014 with a special celebration to mark the International Day of Families. The family day will take place on Saturday 17 May, 10am – 2pm at Whangarei Libraries. It will include food, fun, games and crafts.

For more information visit the Whangarei Migrant Centre website.

Te Whanau Kotahi and Ecosynergy group have developed a free online resource for parents from diverse backgrounds bringing up disabled children.  The resource captures the stories and experiences of parents and the steps they took to ensure their voices were heard by decision-makers and service providers.  It looks at how families navigate services and what difference services make to consumers.
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Samoa Language Week: 25−31 May

Preparations are underway to mark Samoan Language week later this month. You can read the latest news on the Samoan Language Week Facebook page.

Kaurilands School is among those participating in Samoa Language Week. The projects they have planned include storytelling (Fagogo Samoa) as well as song and dance.

Network Waitangi Otautahi is hosting a presentation by Rachael Harris, a masters student at the University of Canterbury. The topic is “The changing face of co-governance in New Zealand” and it will look at the arrangements between the Crown and Ngāi Tahu, and the Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe in facilitating a Treaty-based future.

When: Monday 12 May, 8.00pm (note: the presentation will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting of Network Waitangi Otautahi at 7.30 pm).
Where: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church Lounge, Christchurch

For more information contact: organisers@nwo.org.nz.

Refugee children while resilient face many stressors in adapting to a new society. Before they arrived,  children may have undergone periods of poor growth due to malnutrition and illness. This forum provides an opportunity to reflect on commonly presenting health issues and developmental assessment in children from refugee backgrounds.
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Asylum Forum 2014

The asylum forum is an annual event specifically for asylum seekers and convention refugees, and for those who work with them. It is co-ordinated by government and non-government sectors to provide an opportunity for information sharing and discussion between government and non-government organisations, and the wider community.
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Image: Neighbours' contact cardWellingtonians celebrated their vibrant, culturally and ethnically diverse city with their neighbours over the weekend of 29 and 30 March (Neighbours Day weekend).

Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade Brown, has nominated Neighbours Day Aotearoa to be her Mayoral Day. “Wellington’s cosmopolitan and diverse nature is one of the Capital’s strongest advantages,” said the Mayor. “Wellington’s many communities help make refugees feel very welcome here, which is an important aim of Neighbours’ Day.”

To encourage participation in Neighbours’ Day by the widest range of people we translated the Neighbours’ Day posters into five languages, Arabic Assyrian, Māori, Samoan and Simplified Chinese.  
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The Home Safety Programme has been developed jointly by Refuge Trauma Recovery and Accident compensation Cooperation to teach former refugees about all aspects of home safety.

The project aims to reduce the likelihood of fall-related and home injuries to the refugee community living within the Greater Wellington region. It works with Red Cross Refugee Services to train identified community leaders to become public health champions and to equip them with necessary tools and resources to raise awareness to refugee families. It works to empower them to make their home settings and life in NZ safer for them and their families.
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Image: cover of Race Relations in 2013Every year the Commission publishes an annual review of the general developments in race relations over the previous year. This annual review of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013 is now available. It includes a chapter on refugee, resettlement and asylum issues.

Read more at Race relations in 2013.

Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.
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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is holding an Asia Pacific Regional meeting in Auckland on 25 -27 April 2014. The topic is Militarisation in the Pacific: Women, Peace and Security and it is presented in association with the Pacific Media Centre, at AUT University. The meeting will be held at the Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University, Governor Fitzroy Pl, Auckland. There will be workshops, panel presentations and public discussion. Register at www.wilpf.org.nz

Staying Healthy in New Zealand

Learn about the New Zealand Health System, how to access services and what to do in an emergency. Find out about ACC and how to make a claim. Experts will be available to answer your questions.
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The Royal Society of New Zealand is holding a photo competition and is encouraging people to take photos that capture New Zealand’s changing population.

The Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti review will also provide a chance to discuss the implications of the 2013 Census  and the changing nature of New Zealand society.
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The Auckland Inter-Faith Council is organising four public meetings this year to increase people’s understanding of the diverse religious faiths now visible in Auckland city. The first gathering will be in Onehunga, hosted in the new Hindu Shirdi Saibaba Temple, on Tuesday evening, 1 April. The following evenings will be held in Papatoetoe on 10 June, on the North Shore on 16 September and in West Auckland on 8 November.

A  Newcomers Network is starting in Porirua. Come along to our regular coffee mornings to meet other newcomers in an informal setting. The Newcomers Network is free to join, just buy yourself a coffee.  You can join online or come along and join on the day.

The next coffee morning is on Sunday 27 April at 10.30am at Café Kaizen in Porirua.

For more information visit Porirua Newcomers Network.

Do you work with migrants and have questions about the different categories of visa? Settlement Support Wellington is hosting a free information session for service providers. Find out about the different visa categories and the criteria associated with them. Speakers include Ines Gessler, Senior Advisor at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

When: Tuesday 8 April, 12-1pm

Where: Mezzanine Room, Wellington City Library, 65 Victoria St, Wellington

Please RSVP to Anna-Marie Miller at Anna-Marie.Miller@wcc.govt.nz or phone 803 8330.  Refreshments will be provided.

Te Rā Haka – Wellington

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māori Teachers Association is hosting an event on 1 April bringing 500 secondary school students together at ASB Sports Centre in Wellington, to learn local haka.

This is the second year that the event has been sponsored by Wellington City Council.

Rental Property Income Workshop

This free workshop is for people who already have, or are planning to buy, a residential rental property. Learn how to calculate net profit from rental, what expenses to claim for and how to calculate depreciation. Find out more about how to treat boarders and flatmates. And learn about GST, rental income and whether profits from property sales are taxable.

When:  Friday 11April, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Where:  ARMS Manukau, inside Manukau Community Link, corner Amersham Way and Osterley Way, Manukau.

To register contact ARMS Manukau. Tel: 09 2625983 or Email: ssnzmanukau@arms-mrc.org.nz.

 

The 15th Tauranga Multicultural Festival was postponed due to bad weather and will now take place on Saturday 5 April. Come along and enjoy an exciting programme of culture, food, dance, arts and crafts.

For more information visit the Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council website.

Race Unity Speech Awards

The Race Unity Speech Awards is a national speech competition for senior high school students. It provides a chance to hear the voices of youth – our leaders of tomorrow. The theme for this year is :I am Aotearoa New Zealand … te ranga tahi, together we grow.” 

Regional heats have already been held across New Zealand. The national final is on Saturday 12 April at Te Mahurehure Marae, 73 Premier Ave, Pt Chevalier, Auckland, 4.30 – 8.30pm. Please RSVP to Bev Watson by Thurs 10 April, if you would like to attend.
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Franklin Multicultural Festival

The Counties Manukau Ethnic Council together with Puni School is hosting the annual Franklin Multicultural Festival. The festival commemorates Race Relations Day and takes place on Sunday 6 April, 9.30am-3pm at Pukekohe Intermediate School. The festival programme will include childrens’ sports, song and dance, bouncy castles, various ethnic cuisines and more.

Contact: Ganges Singh (027-2756090) or Gul Zaman (021-1809468).

This year the Office of Ethnic Affairs is hosting EthnicA conferences in Hamilton, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

These annual conferences bring together diverse cultures, community groups and organisations to share ideas, inspire new ways of thinking, encourage bold debate on ethnic diversity issues, and create opportunities to build new connections.

The theme of this year’s EthnicA conferences is “Building a Stronger New Zealand”. The programme will feature ethnic leaders and professionals whose success is built on their ability to “walk in two worlds”. Also hear from emerging young ethnic leaders about the New Zealand they are working to create.

The first conference kicks off in Hamilton on Saturday 5 April, 8:30am – 12:30pm at Novotel Hamilton Tainui, 7 Alma Street, Hamilton. Register here or email ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz.

EthnicA 2014 Conferences:

  1. Christchurch, Saturday 3 May 2014
  2. Wellington, Saturday 10 May 2014
  3. Auckland, Saturday 24 May 2014

Every year the Commission publishes an annual review of the general developments in New Zealand’s race relations over the previous year. The annual review of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013 is now available online.

Read more at Race relations in 2013.

Organisations and iwi groups from across Aotearoa New Zealand have responded to the Government’s plans for a new Māori Language Strategy. The Human Rights Commission was among those who gave feedback on the proposed strategy to promote and protect Te Reo.


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Every year the Commission publishes an annual review of the general developments in race relations over the previous year. The annual review of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013 is now available. It includes a chapter on language diversity and languages-related issues.

Read more at Race relations in 2013.

The search is on for NZSL stars

Do you know a Champion for the Deaf Community? The search is on to find this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in Action Awards winners.

The New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards recognise hard-working people, businesses and organisations who have contributed to the promotion and recognition of New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf culture.  Winners have all made individual or collective efforts towards improving awareness of, access to, and advancement of NZSL, which is used daily by more than 20,000 people.


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Get ready for Māori Language Week

New resources have just been launched for this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014 is Monday 21 – Sunday 27 July 2014. The theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki, which translates as The Word of the Week.


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The sights and sounds of the Pacific will be on display as the Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokelau language weeks are celebrated in 2014.

The 2014 Pacific Language Week line-up begins with Samoa language week in May and ends with Tokelau language week in early November.


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JSANZ officially launched

JSANZ (Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand) held its official launch at AUT, Auckland on 14 March.


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CLESOL Conference, 10-13 July 2014

The CLESOL conference brings together the needs and interests of two groups of language teachers and researchers − Community languages teachers and ESOL teachers. The conference is held every two years in a different location around the country and attracts around 500 national and international delegates.

The theme for the 14th CLESOL conference is: Essentials for Learning and Teaching: Ko te Pū, ko te Ako.


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AKTESOL AGM and workshop

AKTESOL (the Auckland branch of the TESOL Association of Aotearoa New Zealand) is holding its AGM on 2 April followed by a workshop and presentation by Douglas Choong.


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The 2014 National Interfaith Forum will take place in Dunedin from 27−29 June. The theme for this year’s forum is Unity in Diversity and the event is hosted by the Dunedin Interfaith Council. The programme includes workshops and panel sessions, as well as a special overseas guest speaker, the Rev. Dr Lord Leslie Griffiths who is the Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London, England and a member of the House of Lords.

You are invited to host a workshop presentation about one of the topic themes. If you would like to present a workshop please forward an outline summary of your chosen topic by 30 April 2014. Please contact dunedininterfaith@gmail.com for the topic themes.

The Forum will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fenton Crescent, St Clair, Dunedin.

Further details, including a registration form, are available at:  2014 National Interfaith Forum.

A new booklet, Culture No Excuse for Abuse, has been launched by Auckland’s Shakti Community Council with help from the Ministry of Social Development’s ‘It’s Not OK’ family violence prevention campaign.

“This fantastic new resource is aimed at encouraging conversations within ethnic families and communities on how to recognise family violence in its many different forms and what to do about it,” said Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, launching the booklet.
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Faith Against Violence

 

The Children’s Commissioner’s latest edition of Children journal explores some of the issues and experiences of the faith community when seeking to address family violence.

It includes some inspiring first-hand stories from those training faith leaders – and articles that examine the complex role of faiths that wish to address family violence in their communities.

You can read the journal on the Children’s Commissioner’s website or via this link:

http://www.occ.org.nz/assets/Publications/CHILDRENedition84.pdf

The interfaith community may be interested in attending an upcoming talk with Reza Aslan and Douglas Pratt at the upcoming Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday 18 May 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm.  
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GISBORNE’S first Holi day

GISBORNE’S first Holi day celebrations were a colourful success, sending more than 40 people home covered in a rainbow of powders.

People gathered at Midway Beach near Watson Park yesterday to celebrate the first major Hindu festival of the year — Holi day, the festival of colours.

Live traditional Indian folk music (faag) kicked-off the event before coloured powders filled the sky and a variety of Indian snacks were shared to celebrate.
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Historian Dr Stuart Lange presents a five part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now. The series can be purchased on the NZ Christian Network website http://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/te-rongopai-dvd/. This DVD is important for New Zealanders of all faiths and beliefs to know about the role of Christian faith in NZ’s history and contemporary society.

Please contact Glyn Carpenter gccarpenter@xtra.co.nz for more details.

Auckland Interfaith 2014

The Auckland Interfaith Council is to hold four events this year in four different areas of Auckland.  These events will give insights into the diversity of faith communities in Auckland and offer understanding of the faiths themselves.

The first event is this week and the theme is  ’WELCOME NEIGHBOUR: An Introduction to Three Faith Communities in Onehunga’.

Tuesday, 1st April, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The venue is the newly opened Shirdi Saibaba Temple, 12-18 Princes Street, Onehunga.

Three speakers will briefly introduce their faith’s basic beliefs and practices.

The speakers will be Venerable Amala Wrightson from the Zen Buddhist Centre,

Bhaskar Duvvuru  of the Shirdi Saibaba Temple, and Deacon Dave Randall of the Catholic parish on Galway Street.

The Choir of the Onehunga based Tongan Congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will contribute to the programme.

A tour of the host Temple and supper will conclude the evening.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

This is the first of four events this year in different areas of Auckland.  They will give insights into the diversity of faith communities in Auckland and offer understanding of the faiths themselves.

For more information please contact the Interfaith Council Secretary aifcsec1@xtra.co.nz

The Race Unity Speech Awards started last week with heats held throughout the country to support Race Relations Day http://www.hrc.co.nz/race-relations/race-relations-day-2014/. You, your family, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the National Final of the Race Unity Speech Awards and Prize –giving ceremony on 12 April at Te Mahurehure Marae, Pt Chevalier, Auckland. Come hear the voices of youth – 4.30pm start concluding around 8.30pm. Dinner provided – RSVP essential as seating is limited and for catering purposes. Please reply to Bev Watson by Thursday 10 April. Email bev.watson@bahai.org.nz.
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Annual Review of Religious diversity

The Human Rights Commission has published its review of developments in religious diversity. The review is part of the annual review of race relations 2013 Tūi Tūi Tuituiā . Other sections of the annual Race Relations Review deal with international human rights framework, action on diversity, discrimination, the Treaty of Waitangi, action in diversity, migration and settlement, refugees, resettlement and asylum, media, language and research.

Read the review here. 

Neighbourhood (Sunday, 11am, TV1) is a high-quality, weekly documentary showcasing the best of New Zealand’s ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. It’s moving, enlightening, entertaining – just the sort of thing that makes you proud to be part of one of the most diverse countries in the world. The only problem is hardly anyone even knows it exists, let alone watches it regularly.

South African-born singer, actress and TV personality Megan Alatini with the Satellite Media crew filming for the Papatoetoe episode of Neighbourhood.

South African-born singer, actress and TV personality Megan Alatini with the Satellite Media crew filming for the Papatoetoe episode of Neighbourhood.

It’s hard not to cry as Cambodian-born Niborom Oum tells her story. A teacher studying in New Zealand in 1975 when the  Khmer Rouge closed her country, she lost her husband, her two children, her brothers and sisters to the murderous regime.

As she sits in front of the crew of Auckland production company Satellite Media, making the Miramar episode of TV1 programme Neighbourhood, she talks about that horrific time, and about the book she is writing telling the stories of other Cambodian women now living in New Zealand.

It is not just Oum who is in tears. The producer, the cameraman; half the crew is crying. This is a powerful true story, a history lesson, a message about tolerance, a reason to be proud of – not wary about – our growing ethnic diversity.
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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The 2014 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 24-25 August 2014 at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Now in its 10th year, the forum is a unique national convention, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.

Treaty workshops in Nelson

The Treaty of Waitangi is important for all New Zealanders.

The Nelson Multicultural Council is holding a Tangata Tiriti – Treaty People workshop, in association with the Nelson City Council on 22 March 2014.


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Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations to this year’s Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Friday 14 March 2014.


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NFIP Day marks the anniversary of the US ‘Bravo’ nuclear bomb detonation in 1954. The blast was the most devastating contamination ever caused by US testing and the resulting fallout caused widespread contamination in the Pacific.

This special event marks the 60th anniversary of the ‘Bravo’ bombing and includes a panel of guest speakers. It is organised by Asia-Pacific Human Rights Coalition in association with Pacific Media Centre, AUT.

When: 1 March 2014, 10am -1pm
Where:  Sir Paul Reeves Building, WG808 at AUT University, Auckland

Manurewa Human Rights Day

Do you live or work in Manurewa? Come along to an exciting FREE workshop to learn about the Human Rights Act and what to do if you, or someone you know, is treated unfairly because of their race, colour, age, sex or religion or because they have disability. Join in fun activities and discover new tools to help people in your community.

When: Thursday 27 March, 10am – 5pm
Where: Weymouth Cosmopolitan Sports Club, 151 Sykes Road, Manurewa

Contact Sarah Peters, Human Rights Commission: sarahp@hrc.co.nz or 09 306 2665

Neighbourhood events in Wellington

March is a busy month for community and Neighbours Day events in the Wellington region. Over 15 events are planned.
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Neighbours Day Aotearoa (NDA) is happening this year on the 29-30 March.   Join in on New Zealand’s biggest celebration of neighbourliness. NDA is all about turning strangers into neighbours and streets into neighbourhoods – atawhaingia te pa harakeke.

NDA is about going one step further in getting to know those next door. It’s never to late to say hello over the fence. So get out there New Zealand and get started on planning your neighbourhood activity (if you haven’t already)!

For more information visit:  www.neighboursday.org.nz/join-in.

You can sign up to receive printed resources or download them from the website.

Image of neighbours celebrating Neighbours Day

U&I Football Cup 2014

Saturday 9 March, 9am-5pm at Neil Hunt Park, Rotorua. 
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Auckland Indonesian Festival

The 4th Auckland Indonesian Festival will be held at TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland on Saturday 29 March 2014, 11:00am – 9.00pm.


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Join our St. Patrick’s Day Walk on Monday 17 March, 11am-1pm. Enjoy a guided cultural heritage walk through the Government Gardens in Rotorua.  In observance of St. Patrick’s Day, we encourage you to wear something green. Meet at The Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru St,  Rotorua. Spot prize for Best Dressed. For more information visit the  Multicultural Rotorua facebook page or call Susana So (coordinator) on 021 1593601.

Join us for this free pre-Neighbours Day community event on Friday 28 March, 4.30-10pm. 
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Holi: Hindu festival of colours

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours. Hindu Council of New Zealand is hosting the following  Holi celebrations:


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Multifest 2014, Lower Hutt

Come and celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions making up the community of Hutt City-fashion parade, food fair, music, cultural performances, arts and crafts and more. This year’s celebrations will finish with Holi, a Hindu festival of colours that signifies the intermingling of all cultures, races and nationalities.

When: 29 March, 11am-3pm
Where: Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, 65 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

Le Va is hosting GPS 2.0 – a Growing Pacific Solutions national conference.
GPS 2.0 brings people together from across health, disability and social services to showcase innovative and integrated solutions that meet the needs of Pacific families and communities.

When: 4-5 March
Where: Holiday Inn, Auckland Airport, Mangere, Auckland

Register online at www.leva.co.nz
For a full list of keynote speakers and programme, go to www.leva.co.nz

NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils is coordinating free marae experiences including storytelling, te reo Māori lessons and a chance to learn more about emergency preparedness, keeping families safe and parenting Aotearoa style.


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A new model for delivering settlement information services for migrants will be implemented across New Zealand in July. Come along to your local settlement network meeting and hear about what settlement support services will look like in the future. Representatives from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will be there to talk about the new model.
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Race Unity Speech Awards 2014

The 14th Race Unity Speech Awards will be held in March culminating with the finals on 12 April in Auckland. This award challenges school students in Years 11, 12, and 13 to consider various aspects of the Race Relations Day theme – I AM Aotearoa New Zealand.

Initiated in 2001 by the New Zealand Baha’i Community to commemorate Race Relations Day, the Race Unity Speech Award is supported by the Human Rights Commission, New Zealand Police, and the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Please contact Bev Watson for more information.

1 March : International Cultures Day, Hastings

1 March : Race Unity Day, Manawatu

9 March : Race Unity Day 2014 (Nelson Multicultural Council)

15 March : 15th Tauranga Multicultural Festival (Tauranga Multicultural Council)

16 March : 17th Lakeside Multicultural Festival 2014 (Auckland Multicultural Society)

29 March : Multicultural Concert – Oamaru Opera House

30 March : Multicultural Picnic Day, Manawatu

Race Relations Day 21 March

This year’s theme is “I am Aotearoa New Zealand…te ranga tahi, together we grow.” There are many different ways of being a New Zealander, but we all belong. Tell us what makes you a New Zealander, celebrate the day, join in events around the country, order our poster, and join in our schools poster competition. Find out more about Race Relations Day here.

Poster featuring portraits of New Zealanders by different artists

Hindu Youth New Zealand Conference

The 3rd National Hindu Youth Conference, Dynamic You – The Power of Youth will be held on Saturday 1 March at Aotea Centre, Auckland.

The conference aims to inspire young people to achieve their full potential. Speakers include young people that have excelled in their career, studies or extracurricular activities and who will share their experiences. There will also be workshops facilitated by the Ministry of Youth Development.

Wellington Interfaith Council is hosting an open meeting on 14 April, 5.30−8.00 pm at St Andrews on The Terrace, Wellington. The keynote speaker, Professor Peter Lineham will discuss opportunities and challenges for interfaith in the coming years.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at NZ are hosting an Open Mosque Day on 1 March 2014. The Baitul Muqeet Mosque in Wiri, Auckland was opened in November last year and is New Zealand’s largest purpose-built mosque.
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Race Unity Speech Awards

The Race Unity Speech Awards will be held in support of Race Relations Day in March and will culminate with the finals on 12 April in Auckland.

This is the 14th year of the nationwide speech contest. The Speech Award challenges school students in Years 11, 12, and 13 to consider various aspects of the Race Relations Day theme, which this year is  I AM Aotearoa New Zealand.’
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New Zealand received feedback on what it can do to improve human rights at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 27 January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.  76 countries participated in the meeting which is part of New Zealand’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – a process which reviews the human rights records of all UN member states. 
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NZ Diversity Forum Save the Date!

The 2014 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 24−25 August in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury.

Now in its 10th year, the forum is a unique national convention, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.

The 2014 National Interfaith Forum will take place in Dunedin from 27−29 June. The theme for this year’s forum is Unity in Diversity and the event is hosted by the Dunedin Interfaith Council. The programme includes workshops and panel sessions, as well as a special overseas guest speaker, the Rev. Dr Lord Leslie Griffiths who is the Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London, England and a member of the House of Lords.
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2014 Race Relations Day poster I am Aotearoa New Zealand feturing text and portrait of six New Zealanders.Race Relations Day, 21 March, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is celebrated around the world. The 2014 theme is I am Aotearoa New Zealand … te ranga tahi, together we grow.

This year’s theme expresses that everyone here, no matter what their race or cultural background, belongs, and that there are many ways of being a New Zealander. If we understand and appreciate our differences we can grow together into an Aotearoa New Zealand that is based on dignity and respect.
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The feature theme section of this latest issue of Forced Migration Review (FMR) looks at how people who are displaced, or are ‘trapped’, in the context of diverse humanitarian crises do not all fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and internally displaced people. This raises questions about whether there needs to be – or can be – more systematic ways of dealing with assistance and protection for people affected by ‘crises’ such as environmental disruption, gang violence, nuclear disasters, food shortages and so on. This FMR also includes a range of ‘general’ articles on subjects including Typhoon Halyan, reparations in Latin America, discrimination in Burma, IDPs in Kenya, asylum in Lebanon, and contextualising educational standards.

Available online at www.fmreview.org/crisis.

In 2014 the Migrating Kitchen Trust is running Talk & Taste at Pataka Museum, Art + Culture in Porirua and in Wellington at Moore Wilson’s. Every culture has rituals and practices round sharing food and this series takes the visitors on an historical, cultural and culinary journey.
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Volunteers make an important, yet often understated, contribution within their local communities. Each year, in the third week of June, New Zealand promotes National Volunteer Week (NVW) to ensure that the work of volunteers is recognised. Events and celebrations are held nationwide to recognise the important contributions made by volunteers. This year’s NVW is between 15 and 21 June 2014.

Read more about National Volunteer Week here.

Cup_WinnersThe RASNZ RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) football team won the National Communities Football Cup playoffs in Wellington at the end of 2013. RYAN, from Auckland have become the fifth champions of the New Zealand Communities Football Cup after winning against finalists Bula Fiji from Hamilton. “It was great to have had a final between a talented refugee team from Auckland and a mixed cultural team from Rotorua,” said Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, National Strategic Ethnic Advisor.
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RASNZ has collaborated with the Auckland Regional Public Health Refugee Medical Centre at the national Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre to carry out some ground breaking research in tobacco use and smoking cessation for people from refugee backgrounds.  The findings are being released to an international public health journal and cover the results of a three year evaluation including 307 participants in the health promotion and smoking cessation courses for all new arrivals at the national Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. 
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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum’s Strong Families Programme aims to provide access to information, advice and access to services which enables families and communities from refugee backgrounds to maintain strong, healthy families in the Wellington region.
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Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils, will this month launch a series of policy proposals for political parties to consider in the lead up to this year’s general election. The full suite of policies will be released at the Federation’s national meeting in Dunedin on 21 February.
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Save the date!

The 2014 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 24-25 August in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury.

Now in its 10th year, the forum is a unique national convention, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.

Race Relations Day 2014

2014 Race Relations Day poster I am Aotearoa New Zealand feturing text and portrait of six New Zealanders.Race Relations Day, 21 March, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is celebrated around the world. The 2014 theme is “I am Aotearoa New Zealand … te ranga tahi, together we grow.”

 

Read more about Race Relations Day here.

New Zealand underwent its 2nd Universal Periodic Review on Monday 27 January in Geneva. The interactive dialogue went for three and half hours and 76 countries participated. The webcast of the full session is available at: http://webtv.un.org/watch/new-zealand-review-18th-session-of-universal-periodic-review/3111258233001/

The New Zealand delegation was led by Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. In her opening statement Minister Collins praised the strong civil society engagement in the process. This was welcomed by members of the Human Rights Council and considered to be best practice.
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diversity-project-graphic-copy--webAs a ‘Community Access’ radio station Free FM is creating fantastic opportunities for YOU to do something really positive for your community. We have two programme zones reserved exclusively for migrant and refugee community content – and our plan is to completely fill every hour in these zones with great radio – shows about issues, shows about culture, shows about politics, and most importantly, shows in a wide range of languages.
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Verica_Media_and_DiversityA New Zealand-based journalism academic is looking for more discussion of the role of the media in promoting diversity, and more cooperation among New Zealand organisations to promote responsible and equitable reporting in a multicultural society

Verica Rupar knows first hand the power of the media to foster cultural and religious diversity – or to fan the flames of racial hatred. As a Serbian journalist living in conflict-torn Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Rupar watched how media reporting of the war reproduced and intensified racial stereopypes and human rights violations, not the reverse.

Rupar’s early experience has shaped her career. Now an associate professor and head of the journalism programme at AUT University in Auckland, a key focus for her has been getting journalism students around the world to recognise the importance of ethical reporting on diversity issues, and to understand the consequences of unethical, discriminatory or unbalanced journalism.
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Japanese Studies Aotearoa to be launched

Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand (JSANZ) is a new organisation with an interest in promoting and advocating for Japanese studies in New Zealand, especially in academia and at tertiary level. The organisation is headed by an executive committee made up of representatives of all programmes teaching Japanese language and/or Japanese studies in New Zealand tertiary institutions, in addition to members representing key external stakeholders.
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New Zealand underwent its 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review on Monday 27 January in Geneva. Seventy-six countries participated in the interactive dialogue. View the full webcast session at: http://webtv.un.org/watch/new-zealand-review-18th-session-of-universal-periodic-review/3111258233001/.

The New Zealand delegation was led by Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. She praised the strong civil society engagement in the process in her opening statement. This was welcomed by members of the Human Rights Council and considered to be best practice.
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TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languagegs Aotearoa New Zealand) has recently completed a report Jury service in Aotearoa New Zealand for people with low levels of English language ability for the Ministry of Justice. Issues identified in English language ability for jury service by people from migrant or refugee backgrounds include understandings of the New Zealand legal system, the assessment of English language ability, responses to jury summons, letters of excusal, jury selection, and courtroom and jury language. The report makes a number of recommendations for improvement to the system.

The report is available from the TESOLANZ website www.tesolanz.org.nz.

Te Reo Māori Strategy

Consultation hui on the proposed new Māori Language Strategy have begun.

Māori Affairs Minister, Dr. Pita Sharples said, “The draft strategy, which I released in December, proposes that we focus on supporting language learning in the home; and also outlines new governance arrangements for Te Taura Whiri, Te Mangai Pāho and the Māori Television Service which would give Māori/iwi an increased governance role.”
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Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils, is calling for the Office of Ethnic Affairs to lead the development of a community languages framework. The call is made in the Federation’s policies to be put to political parties for the general election, and it will be launched at their national meeting in Dunedin later this month.

The proposed policy on languages is ”under the leadership of the Office/Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, to develop and implement a community languages framework, recognising the social, economic and cultural benefits of supporting the learning and retention of ethnic community languages in New Zealand. In the longer term, to develop and implement a national languages policy which brings together language support policies and programmes across all communities and sectors.”
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On the 21st of February we celebrated International Mother Languages Day throughout the country. The day is celebrated “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. It encourages the use of language to preserve heritage and culture.

Sadly, the day also commemorates the death of four students in 1952 fighting for the right to formally use their mother tongue in Bengali, Bangladesh.

Thankfully we are a long way from 1952 Bengali but we still have a long way to go in making sure all languages are respected, flourish and thrive in Aotearoa New Zealand. One way to support language diversity is to celebrate Mother Languages Day by learning about your own as well as other cultures and languages.

This year’s theme is “Local languages for global citizenship: spotlight on science”. People are encouraged to read books, texts and poems in their local or a lesser resourced language “somewhere in public” to raise awareness for all the Mother Languages in the world. Maybe visit your local library, read  Where the Wild Things Are  in te reo Māori (if you live in Wellington or visiting there is a session on this as part of the Festival of Arts: http://festival.co.nz/kei-reira-nga-weriweri/ ).  Read the news in Samoan, find a beautiful love poem in Hindi or practice the NZ Sign Language that you know.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Let’s celebrate our diversity on the 21st and explore and delight in the richness language brings to all of us.

Tōku reo tōku ohooho, tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea, tōku reo tōku whakakai marihi.
My language, my valued heritage; my language, object of high esteem; my language, my precious jewel.

Religious Freedom in the Holy Land will be the topic for discussion on Thursday 13 February 2014, 7.30pm at St Joseph’s Parish, Mt Victoria, Wellington. Speakers include Brother Peter Bray, Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University, and Anna Robertson of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.  Co-sponsored by Caritas and the NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations.

For further information, contact Sr  Catherine Jones  c.jones@wn.catholic.org.nz.

Founders Heritage Park and Whakatū Marae host the International Kai Festival in Nelson – a chance to share food and celebrate our communities. There will be a free bus to the event and entry is by gold coin koha. Sample kai ($3 or $6 per portion); visit arts and craft stalls and enjoy performances featuring Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui Senior Kapa Haka Competition.
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Auckland Libraries welcomes the Lunar New Year with an exciting range of events and activities celebrating the Year of the Horse. Local libraries are hosting more than 80 events across the region, including children’s storytimes, craft activities, workshops and cultural performances, along with their regular classes and activities for Mandarin speakers.
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Do you want to gain new skills in peaceful conflict resolution? Adults who want to add to their toolkit or Cool Schools programme coordinators and teachers who want to update their training are encouraged to attend this workshop led by The Peace Foundation.
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Settlement Support NZ North Shore is hosting a free information seminar on Employment Rights in New Zealand. Learn about your rights as an employee in New Zealand including fair treatment; employment agreements; leave entitlements and what do you do if you have a problem at work.

Experts from Waitakere Community Law Service and the Human Rights Commission will be available to answer your questions.

When: Tuesday, 25 February, 9:30am – 12:00 noon
Where: The Boardroom, Norman King Building (opposite Library), Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote, Auckland.

To register, please phone: (09) 486 8635 or email: ssnznorthshore@raeburnhouse.org.nz

For information on other events visit www.raeburnhouse.org.nz.

The Peace Foundation is running free 15-hour courses to show you simple and effective ways to improve your understanding of children, teenagers and other adults. The training is fun and friendly and offers a set of easy-to-use and practical skills to adults including parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers.  Learn how to communicate more effectively with family, friends and colleagues, how to skilfully respond to unwanted behaviours and how to resolve conflict peacefully and successfully.
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Events for new migrants in Hutt City

Orongomai Marae Open Day

Experience a traditional powhiri (Maori welcome ceremony), enjoy hangi or join a guided tour around the marae.
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Interpreting New Zealand is recruiting new interpreters. Contact them now to ask about their next introductory interpreting course starting in March 2014. Interpreters receive full training and excellent hourly rate.
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Quit Bus hitting the road

Transitioning Out Aotearoa, together with Counties Manukau DHB and Waitemata PHO, is preparing to launch the Quit Bus which will travel around Auckland providing people with advice and support to help them quit smoking. A special launch event will take place on 20 February 201, 11:00am – 1:00pm at Manurewa Marae including a keynote address from Hon Tariana Turia, Minister for Whanau Ora.

For further information contact Raewyn Bhana raewyn.bhana@toa.org.nz.

NZ Federation of Historical Societies is holding its AGM and Conference in Te Awamutu on 11-13 April 2014. The Conference will be marking 150 years since the New Zealand Wars and the invasion of the Waikato by Major Cameron. Plans include a bus trip on Friday 11 April following the path taken by military troops south of Pukekohe, as well as visits to battle sites on Sunday 13 April.

For more information contact Neil Curgenven ncurgenven@gmail.com.

Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.

Whangarei Art Museum: Te Manawa Toi

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy

17 February – 20 April 2014

This national touring exhibition curated by leading art critic, curator, and poet Gregory O’Brien ONZM, showcases the charmingly anarchic illustrations of Graham Percy, a well-respected but little-known artist.

For further information please contact Whangarei Art Museum.

 

stacked-nz-diversity-logo-webWhat plans do you have for recognising cultural diversity in 2014?

Continued membership of the Diversity Action Programme depends registering your organisation’s activities each new year. So, let us know what these are and we will sort out your registration  and add the details on our website.

Registering your projects provides an opportunity to firm up your plans for 2014 and consider whether there is anything else you want to do to support the objectives of the Diversity Action Programme. The objectives are to:

  1. recognise and celebrate the cultural diversity of our society (diverse)
  2. promote the equal enjoyment by everyone of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, regardless of race, colour, religion, ethnicity or national origin (equal)
  3. foster harmonious relations between diverse peoples (harmonious)
  4. fulfill the promise of  the Treaty of Waitangi (Treaty-based).

Projects can contribute to any one or more of these objectives. For more information or to register visit the NZ Diversity Action Programme website.

 

Nelson Multicultural Council is hosting a special screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which tells the inspiring story of Nelson Mandela’s life and struggle for freedom for the people of South Africa. This special screening is a fundraiser for Speak Out Nelson Tasman − an initiative which helps people to report and act on racist abuse. There will be guest speakers from Speak Out Nelson Tasman as well as speakers from HART (Halt All Racist Tours) who opposed apartheid and the 1981 tour of New Zealand by the Springboks (South African rugby team).
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2014-RRD-poste-low-resr-jpegCommunity groups, councils, schools, workplaces, marae and places of worship across Aotearoa New Zealand are preparing to host events to mark Race Relations Day 2014.

Race Relations Day is celebrated on 21 March and each year a range of local and national events take place on and around this day to acknowledge the value of cultural diversity and the need to support harmonious race relations.
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Kirwan Heralds Diversity

Diversity was a big focus for The New Zealand’s Herald’s first paper with a guest editor – the Sir John Kirwan issue on December 10. The Herald says feedback was positive, prompting some to ask whether it might not be in the best interest of the mainstream media to go further in promoting Auckland’s cultural variety.
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Community groups, councils, schools, workplaces, marae and places of worship across Aotearoa New Zealand are preparing to host events to mark Race Relations Day 2014.


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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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Elephant in the Garden of Gethsemane

Elephant in the Garden of Gethsemane is a play created by Jay Williams, of Phoenix Performing Arts. Grown out of West Auckland and layered with Māori and Pacific urban influences, the play is performed by a talented cast of young actors, dancers and musicians.


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Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition

This free exhibition provides a chance to reflect on the impact of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is an opportunity to inform future generations, learn from history, and build a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons.


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Human Rights Day – 10 December 2013

The United Nations’ (UN) Human Rights Day is annually observed on December 10 to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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Join us for a meeting on World Migrant Day to discuss what we can do in Porirua and Kapiti to create welcoming neighbourhoods for newcomers to New Zealand. New migrants, service providers and employers are welcome.


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Experience a different side of Wellington and walk in the footsteps of Kupe, one of the first explorers of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you are new to New Zealand, this is a great way to learn about local Māori culture and customs.


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The Young Muslim Women’s Association (YMWA) is an Auckland based charity that organises activities and programmes with the aim of supporting the social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional development of young women.


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Volunteer Wellington and Wellington City Council will be celebrating International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5 December from 10.30am – 12pm at The Jimmy Bar & Café, Courtenay Place, Wellington.


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The NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils, with support from Network Waitangi Otautahi, has developed a new resource which describes its understanding and practice of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.


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New Zealand Day – 7 December 2013

The inaugural New Zealand Day is planned for the first Saturday in December:  7 December 2013.NZ Day is an open opportunity to do good in an area that is important to you.


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The Filipino community in Nelson is working hard to raise funds to send to those affected by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. A fundraising dinner will take place on 7 December, 6pm at St. Mary’s Hall, Manuka St, Nelson.


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Singfest! Community Day at Te Papa

Local community choirs will perform songs from around the world – and teach you them! Sit back and listen, or take part in the workshops and sing along.


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Week of Prayer for World Peace in Nelson

Nelson Multicultural Council marked the Week of Prayer for World Peace by supporting a range of interfaith events across Nelson, including celebrations and prayer.  
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The New Zealand Buddhist Council is concerned that Buddhists who are sick or dying in hospital often do not have access to appropriate spiritual support. To address this, the Council has started to provide advice to hospitals on how to contact Buddhist clergy in their area when they have a patient in need. In the future, the Council hopes that every hospital in New Zealand will have access to a Buddhist chaplain trained to work with the sick and dying.
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Mother Teresa Interfaith Meeting

Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, Prince of Arcot will be the guest speaker at this year’s Mother Teresa Interfaith meeting on Sunday, November 17, 2pm at the Catholic Church of Christ the King in Mt Roskill.
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Satsang Ramayan Mandali Central is hosting a free multicultural Diwali Mela celebration on 16 November from 6.30 to 9.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth College Hall, Palmerston North. This exciting event is open to the wider community. There will be an affordable and delicious vegetarian meal and sweets available as well as free entertainment by a diverse range of multicultural performers.

This event is kindly supported by Palmerston North City Council Celebrating Communities.

Representatives from the Law Commission, including Commissioner Wayne Mapp will be meeting with members of the Hindu community to discuss proposals for a new legal framework for burials and cremations in New Zealand.  The meeting will take place at the Law Commission in Wellington on Wednesday 4 December at 5.00pm.

Please register in advance for this meeting. RSVP to Selva Ramasami rselva6@hotmail.com by 29 November 2013.

Auckland Interfaith Event

The Auckland Interfaith Council is holding an end of year event The Golden Rule – Building Bridges of Peace. There will be music and readings by groups and different faiths.

When: Saturday, 16 November 2013 2−4pm

Where: The Auckland Deaf Society building, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland

Open to all public enquiries aifcsec1@xtra.co.nz.

Over 500 people have participated in the Learn About Other Faiths programme over the past year. They have come from a wide variety of government departments, health and social services and businesses – all wanting to learn more about their clients and customers.
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Noah’s Pudding

The Pearl of the Islands Foundation and the NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations are co-hosting a  Noah’s Pudding  event at the Catholic Centre, Hill Street, Wellington on Monday 2 December, from 11am.  Come along and join in this discovery of “the oldest dessert in the world”.

For more information contact c.jones@wn.catholic.org.nz.

 

Diwali in Parliament

Over 200 guests gathered at Parliament on 6 November to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key attended the function which was hosted by the Minister for Ethnic Affairs Hon Judith Collins.
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Where, when and how burials and cremations take place is a very important issue for New Zealand’s religious and ethnic communities. The Law Commission has published a paper exploring the laws and regulations around burial and cremation. It also sets out some proposals and questions for communities to consider. Faith groups are encouraged to give their feedback on the proposals before 20 December 2013. Consultation meetings are taking place around the country during November.

For further information check out the Law Commission website.

Muslim World Forum 2013

The Muslim World Forum takes place in Auckland on Saturday, 23 November 2013. The forum is open to all those with an interest in the contemporary issues relating to New Zealand’s relationship with the Muslim world and the New Zealand Muslim community.
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.

 


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Rotary Harbourside Diwali Event

Rotary Harbourside will hold their annual Diwali/Indian New Year charity fundraising dinner on Saturday 9 November at the Alexandra Park Raceway – Tasman Room.


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Housing and Tenancy: your rights and responsibilities

Learn about renting houses in New Zealand. Find out what your rights are if you live in a rental property and where to go if you need help.


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This free seminar for new migrants will discuss the process of house buying in New Zealand.


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Free Social English Group in Gore

A Social English Group will be running in Gore on Monday mornings 9.30 to 11am at the Community Connection Centre, Gore.


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On Friday 8 November, the Wellington City Council’s Kapa Haka group, Me Heke ki Pōneke, will be performing in Te Kōnohete, the public sector kapa haka concert which is celebrating its 10th year.


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Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council is running an exhibition, showcasing 10 countries’ culture by looking at their food traditions and their kitchen and dining area items.


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TJ, Sujata and Daniel welcome other school-age children from all nationalities in as studio guests on Dunedin community access station OAR 105.4FM, to talk about their backgrounds and their interests, and to introduce their favourite music.


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Interpreting New Zealand AGM

Interpreting New Zealand will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12 November 2013, 5:30-7.00pm at Meeting Room 1, Level 1, the Multicultural Service Centre building, 39 Webb Street, Wellington.


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Auckland Inter-Faith Council will be holding an end-of-year event on Saturday 16th November 2.00pm – 4.00pm.


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Satsang Ramayan Mandali Central is hosting a free multicultural Diwali Mela celebration on 16 November from 6.30 to 9.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth College Hall, Palmerston North.


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Multicultural Council, takes place on 3 November 2013, 6-9pm at 75 Pemberton Avenue, Bayview, Auckland.


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Volunteering New Zealand is encouraging organisations to celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (IVM) on November 5.


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Experience the Filipino Christmas at this Festival on 30 November at the Sacred Heart College Hall, Laings Rd, Lower Hutt.


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White Ribbon Fun Day in South Auckland

The White Ribbon Campaign Auckland South committee is inviting families to attend a White Ribbon Fun Day on 24 November 2013.


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White Ribbon Day Ride: 17-26 November

The White Ribbon Ride is a week-long motorcycle tour which aims to draw attention to New Zealand’s crippling domestic violence record.


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Rainbow Praise in Southland

The Southland Multicultural Council will hold the 4th Rainbow Praise on Sunday, 3 November at First Presbyterian Church, Tay St, Invercargill, 2pm to 3.30pm.


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Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau: Tokelau Language Week takes place on 28 October – 3 November 2013 and is supported by the Tokelau Leadership Group.


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The Asian Network Inc (TANI) is hosting a network meeting on ‘Women’s health and cultural issues’ at 10am-12noon, Friday 8 November at One Pearce Hall, Onehunga Community Centre, 1 Pearce Street, Onehunga, Auckland.


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New Zealand Women’s Watch is extending an open invitation to its conference: ‘Looking Ahead – Increasing Women’s Participation and Status in Public and Private Life’.


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Barbara Dreaver is one of several high profile journalists in New Zealand with Pacific Island backgrounds.

Barbara Dreaver is one of several high profile journalists in New Zealand with Pacific Island backgrounds.

It was 2008. Jim Tucker, then head of the Whitireia journalism school in Wellington, had won a battle he’d been fighting for years – to get funding to offer scholarships to get young Pacific people to go into the media. Five bright Pacific students began studying journalism at Whitireia that year, and at the end of the course three of these students were in the top five graduates overall. All of them went on to have successful careers in journalism or communications.

Tucker was in buoyant mood. He figured a few years of scholarships would see New Zealand start to redress the imbalance which saw Pacific people making up 7 per cent of the population, but a far smaller percentage of the country’s media professionals. At last, Pacific people would be able to tell their own – and other peoples’ – stories, from a Pacific perspective.

Tucker’s optimism was short lived. A new Government won the 2008 election, and Whitireia’s Pasifika scholarship money was pulled almost immediately. The school was left $40,000 out of pocket funding the existing scholarships for the remaining two years of the programme. And that was that.

Despite the efforts of Whitireia and other journalism and communications programmes around the country, it has been hard to recruit Pacific students into communications, and Pacific media representation in New Zealand is in much the same situation it was 10 or 20 years ago: not representative of New Zealand Pacific peoples population, estimated to reach 10 per cent of New Zealanders over the next 15 years.


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Lincoln Multicultural Festival

The Rotary Club of Lincoln is once again organising the Lincoln Multicultural Festival.This event could not be run after 2009 because of disruption due to earthquakes and aftershocks in Canterbury region.


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Pacific Language weeks celebrate Pacific cultures and help to ensure the growth and survival of Pacific languages. This year we say Bula Vinaka to Fiji and Fakatalofa atu to Tuvalu. Both join the programme for the first time.


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Diwali is a well known Hindu festival celebrated all over the world.  It signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.


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Rotorua Deepawali Festival 2013

This year, Deepawali – the Festival of Lights – is being celebrated at the Rotorua Deepawali Festival 2013 on Saturday 12 October at the Rotorua Convention Centre.


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Diwali Festival – Canterbury

The Indian Social & Cultural Club in Canterbury is celebrating Diwali – Festival of India on 26 October from 3-9pm at the CBS Canterbury Arena. Entry by gold coin donation.

Ni sa Bula. Victoria University of Wellington Library will be helping the university’s Fiji Student Club to celebrate Fiji Language Week, October 7 -13.
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The Nigerian Canterbury Association of New Zealand Inc is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month as well as commemorating the 53rd independent anniversary of Nigeria.


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The NZ Interfaith Group has designated 13-20 October 2013 as a Week of Prayer for World Peace.


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maaya – Indian Classical Dance recital

Natyaloka School of Indian Dance in Dunedin presents maaya an Indian Classical Dance recital. maaya celebrates the second year of Natyaloka’s presence in the Dunedin community with a magical performance by the choreographer Swaroopa and her dancers in Bharathanatyam, a dance form from South India.


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Refugee Trauma Recover is hosting a Refugee Communities Safety and Wellbeing Day  at Cook Island Hall, 14 Mentor Lane, Cannons Creek Porirua from 11:00am to 2:00pm on 5 October. This day-long event enables refugee service providers to connect directly with refugee-background people and their communities.


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This free workshop aims to help new migrants to understand Kiwi Slang. This workshop is presented by MClass.


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Puke Ariki hosts a monthly meeting which provides an opportunity for migrant women in New Plymouth to come together regularly.


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The Law in a Nutshell is a training course for anyone who wants to know their rights and understand the law. It is perfect for members of the public and community workers who want to learn how the law can help themselves and their communities.


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Connect2Sport AKL – Ladies Only League

Connect2Sport’s ladies-only futsal and badminton league will be back in Term 4 (starting from Tues 15th October).


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Volunteering New Zealand is preparing to host its national biennial conference. The conference, Collaborative Korero – Participation and Impact in Volunteering, which aims to engage and inspire CEOs, board members and managers of volunteers in their commitment to the community and voluntary sector.


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Museums and exhibitions

 

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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The 14th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL, brought to you by TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages New Zealand) and CLANZ (Community Languages Association New Zealand).


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Heike Papenthin arrived in Auckland in March this year to take up her appointment as the National Adviser for German to New Zealand‘s schools. 

Te waka Sep


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“Simply the best”

Nice one, English Language Partners Wellington!  Our wonderful Wellington centre scooped the ‘Supreme Winner’ award for the Wellington City region at the 2013 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.


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Te Reo Māori and Prisons

Damian came to prison when he was barely into his teens – he’s doing life and it will be years before he’ll come up for parole.


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The Government’s updated Māori Education Strategy – Ka Hikitia – is now available online, in English and te reo Māori.


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“Tuvalu tau gana ko tou lagaifakalaga Tuvalu, your language keeps your culture and identity afloat.”

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Language Line, the telephone interpreting provider, has become involved in the tertiary education of future interpreters as part of an on going drive for consistency and trustworthiness in interpreting.


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EthnicWord

EthnicWord develop and publish children’s language resources with the objective ‘to preserve and nurture ethnic languages’.


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Culture is an important cornerstone of a healthy society. Taking into account cultural perspectives contributes to sustainable social and economic development in the long run.


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“Creative Ingridients”

A website to give people opportunities to practice their Te Reo Māori phonemes:  www.creativeingridients.co.nz Ingrid Wubben, (021) 1495 924 Kerikeri.

Language Weeks 2014

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa Me 26- 30 2014 – Samoan Language Week May 26 – 30 2014

Theme:  Taofi mau i au measina Hold fast to your treasures

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014

The Board of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori recently approved the kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014: Te Kupu o te Wiki.


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Islam Awareness Week launch and Awards

F or the first time Islam Awareness Week (IAW) was launched in conjunction with the NZ Diversity Forum on Monday 26 August at Wharewhaka Function centre in Wellington.


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The Catholic Bishops Interfaith Committee received an award from the Human Rights Commission at the annual New Zealand Diversity Awards held in Wellington for their contribution to the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.

“Nick Borthwick, deputy chair of the Catholic Bishops Interfaith Committee receiving their Diversity Award.”

“Nick Borthwick, deputy chair of the Catholic Bishops Interfaith Committee receiving their Diversity Award.”


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Annual Religious Diversity Forum

Around 40 people attended the Annual Religious Diversity forum, as part of the wider NZ Diversity forum, in Wellington on 26 August. The focus of this year’s forum was on media and religion.

“Youth Forum participants presenting at the Diversity Forum plenary session”

“Youth Forum participants presenting at the Diversity Forum plenary session”


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Muslim forum a first for New Zealand

At the start of Islam Awareness Week, Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins announced plans are underway for an official Muslim forum to be held in November.


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The Ministry of Education, in association with NZQA, is reviewing the Levels 1-3 Religious Studies achievement standards.


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Raksha Bandhan

The Hindu Organisations, Temples and Associations (HOTA) Forum celebrated the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan on a grand scale in Auckland and Wellington on Saturday, 31st August 2013.


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Week of Prayer for World Peace

The Week of Prayer for World Peace will be observed in New Zealand between 13th and 20th October. A leaflet has been produced by the New Zealand organising committee with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths to use each day.


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Settling In (MSD), Bridgebuilders Trust inc, Refugees As Survivors & Umma Trust are hosting a third joint interfaith event on Muslim and Christian women.


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Rotorua Deepawali Festival

Rotorua Deepawali Festival Committee and Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ), once again will be hosting the Rotorua Deepawali Festival 2013.


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A Guide for Deepawali

If your organisation plans to celebrate Deepawali this year then you might want to look at Celebrating Deepawali  – A guide for official functions, a resource developed by HCNZ to celebrate Deepwali.


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Symposium on Religion in Schools

The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice is hosting a Symposium on Religion in Schools.


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WIFCO to host interfaith celebration

The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) invites you to attend its 2nd annual Interfaith Celebration on Sunday, 20th October 2013, 4:00-5:30pm in the Chartwell Room at the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton.


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Award to Refugee Trauma Recovery

At this year’s Diversity Forum Refugee Trauma Recovery received an award “for their outstanding contribution to the NZ Diversity Action programme.”

Refugee Trauma Recovery


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While refugee issues are the topic of much New Zealand non-fiction, they have featured less in New Zealand fiction. Adrienne Jansen’s third novel, The Score, provides an exception.


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An interview with Annick Janson, Director of the Hamilton-based Ecosynergy Group and Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research at Victoria University discusses the results of her study into refugees’ experiences with accessing disability services.


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More than 150 people from refugee backgrounds joined the Strong Families celebration on Saturday 24th August at Naenae College in Lower Hutt. With the support of the It’s Not OK campaign and J.R. McKenzie, ChangeMakers Refugee Forum hosted the day, inviting families from refugee background to enjoy food, entertainment, information sessions, and activities for children.


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The Refugee Family Reunification Trust is struggling to raise sufficient funds for several refugee families waiting for help with the cost of airfares. These families are currently living in Somalia, Ethiopia and Ecuador.


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Women in Harmony Christchurch and Women in Harmony Toowoomba present Tasman Harmony – a celebration of world music by two dynamic choirs.

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It all started with a 2008 headline in an Auckland newspaper: “Number of Indians rising in Mt Eden prison” – or words to that effect. Engineer and businessman Giri Gupta, an Auckland resident for more than a decade, was horrified. Was this evidence of an Indian criminal class in his adopted country? Then, as he read on, his horror turned to anger about the way the story was being reported. The number of Indians in Mt Eden prison had gone from three (yes, three) to five – hardly a crime epidemic given the 100,000 Indians living in Auckland at the time.

Photo of Indian Weekender co-founder Mr Giri Gupta

Indian Weekender co-founder Mr Giri Gupta

Why was it, Gupta wondered, that Indian New Zealanders only read about themselves when things went wrong, not when they were successful? The idea of a fortnightly weekend newspaper highlighting the achievements of New Zealanders of Indian origin was born. Gupta teamed up with friend and fellow businessman Bhav Dhillon, owner and director of construction products company Cemix, and the paper was launched in April 2009.

There were two more founding principles, Gupta says: controversial issues (like the recent story about Kiwi companies exploiting Indian students) were to be treated as topics for debate, not censure, and above all there was to be “no Masala news” – a reference to the popular spicy Indian tabloid gossip.

“Our main purpose is to project the positive-ness in the Kiwi Indian community here. Because you could fill volumes and volumes about Indian people that are achievers. And instead you only hear about the one Indian person caught stealing from a petrol pump.

“I wouldn’t have considered it if it hadn’t been for that article. Now it has become a passion. Now I won’t give it up.”

In recession-hit 2009 New Zealand, everyone said the paper would be dead in six months.

They were wrong. Four years on, the Indian Weekender  has passed its 100th issue, has a readership of around 60,000 and an average of 20,000 unique visitors to its website every month. There is a 4500-subscriber newsletter, and iPad and smartphone apps. The paper has just started being distributed in Christchurch and there are plans to go to Hamilton and beyond.

 

But the focus is still the same, Gupta says: to celebrate local heroes and highlight Indian success stories.

A glance through past issues shows no shortage of Indian talent to highlight. Take Anand and Sarita Kumble, biochemists who trained in India and worked at top US universities before setting up an Auckland-based biotechnology firm, Pictor Ltd. The there’s Jacob Rajan, internationally-acclaimed playwright and actor (Krishnan’s Dairy, The Pickle King and others), or Ranjna Patel, founder and director of the East Tamaki Healthcare Group, or Vanisa Dhiru, CEO of Volunteering NZ and a nominee for young New Zealanders of the Year in 2010.

Indian Weekender’s “Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame” issue profiles more than 60 successful, talented New Zealanders of Indian descent.

Still, whether the message about Indian Kiwis is permeating beyond the Indian community is debateable. Sure, if you are an Indian-born sports star, you are going to be high-profile. And some Indian Weekender stories have been picked up by other media, Gupta says.

But it’s hard not to feel most Indian achievers are largely invisible to the mainstream media; Indian success stories are not much more likely to be reported now as they were in 2008. Take the most recent New Zealand New Year Honours list.

Of the eight people of Indian origin on the list (Gupta is one of them) and only one, cricketer Parbhu Kanji, appears to have been profiled in the mainstream media. On the other hand, the majority of the Pakeha achievers have been been interviewed at some stage for print, radio or TV.

“We are there to give talented people a voice that’s unheard in the Fairfax papers or the New Zealand Herald,” says business manager Gaurav Gupta, who worked in television in India before joining the Indian Weekender 18 months ago.

Other roles the paper plays include valuing and protecting Indian heritage and culture, and letting the community know about news and events that affect them, says editor Shriya Bhagwat-Chitale. She says reporters are working with the Auckland Council to highlight information (from dog licence rules to new rates provisions) that a new immigrant might otherwise miss. And the paper also profiles the major festivals and events in Auckland of potential interest to an Indian audience.

The paper is the media sponsor for many big-name Indian acts coming to New Zealand, Gaurav Gupta says.

“There are 180,000 New Zealanders of Indian origin. They may become Kiwis, adopt English, but they prefer to listen to Bollywood songs, so our role is to make them aware of who’s coming here.”

The Indian Weekender business breaks even – not a bad result for media organisation in these troubled times.

But making money isn’t why Giri Gupta runs the paper. “It’s not a business. It’s a community service. It’s my way of giving back to the community.”

Gupta’s chain of four Auckland motels “puts food on the table”, and Gaurav Gupta says his boss rejects any suggestion of a cover price – however small.

“He wants everyone to get a copy who wants one.”

And whatever profits the paper makes are ploughed back into charities like St John Ambulance.

 

New Zealand Diversity Forum a success

Hundreds of people attended the New Zealand Diversity Forum in Wellington last month to share practical actions to support cultural diversity and harmonious race relations. 


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Tongan Language Week: 1-8 September 2013

Mālō e lelei.The third Pacific language week of 2013, Tongan Language Week, began on Sunday 1 September and will run until 8 September.


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ATAMIRA – Māori in the City

The country’s largest three day celebration of Māori culture, held every second year in Auckland, will take place at the Cloud and Shed 10 on the Auckland waterfront, from September 6th to 8th.


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This year’s Social Justice Week on 8-14 September focuses on meaningful work for young people in an age of unemployment and uncertain work. Social Justice Week is an annual event led by the Catholic social justice agency Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.


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The children at Russell School in Porirua East are preparing for the school’s biannual diversity concert. All children will be performing in this year’s concert, Diversity: Dancing to a Different Beat. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

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Multicultural Rugby Festival @ Poneke

The Multicultural Touch Rugby Tournament takes place on Sunday 8 September, 12.30pm at Poneke Football Club, Kilbirnie. All men, women and children welcome.


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The Ukrainian Cultural Festival Batkivska Khata (Family Home) takes place on 7 September from 11.30am to 3.30pm in the St John’s Church Conference Centre (corner Dixon & Willis Streets, Wellington City).


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Saturday 21 September marks the UN International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, with activities and celebrations taking place across the globe. To mark World Peace Day, a new mural will be unveiled by EthNix Links and Advocacy Network (ELAN) and One Planet One People.


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Treaty People is a free, interactive workshop about the Treaty of Waitangi. It introduces new migrants to Aotearoa New Zealand to the contemporary debate around Treaty issues, and to help them reflect on their place in this debate.


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Hutt City Settlement Support runs free seminars for migrants on different topics of everyday life in New Zealand.


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 Members of Hamilton’s migrant communities are encouraged to come along and have a conversation with the candidates who are going to represent you on Hamilton City Council.
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Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council Inc is hosting a “meet the candidates” event  at 6pm,11 September at the Village Hall, Historic Village at 17th Avenue .


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Migrants and newcomers are invited to attend exciting events in September including games, trout fishing, conservation activities and the Rotorua Mooncake Festival. These events are coordinated by Multicultural Rotorua and the Rotorua Newcomers Network. 
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Auckland aims to become a City for Peace

In 2011, Auckland Council passed a resolution to become a City for Peace. The Council is now preparing to publish its Auckland City For Peace Toolkit containing practical advice and resources for Local Boards and communities.

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Peaceful Teen Communication

The Peace Foundation is launching its new Peaceful Teen Communication programme. The programme is opening with a free course for Māori and Pacific Island young people from the Counties Manukau region. The course aims to build peaceful communities by addressing bullying.


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SSNZ Manukau and Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) are holding a range free orientation workshops for new migrants in the Manukau area.


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Dr Annick Janson is working with the Refugee Orientation Centre Trust  to use a storytelling methodology to ensure refugees’ voices are heard by policy makers and health and disability professionals.


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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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Update from Immigration New Zealand

Claims

The 2012-2013 financial year saw 306 refugee claims lodged with the Refugee Status Branch (RSB).  The average number of claims lodged for the past nine years is 310.
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Refugee Family Support Category

The 2012-2013 financial year saw invitations to apply for residence issued to 560 people under the Refugee Family Support Category (RFSC).  These were 152 from Tier One and 408 from Tier Two.  
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The Refugee Resettlement Strategy

The design phase for the mix of services for the Implementation of the first phase of the Refugee Resettlement Strategy was released last week to providers and the external reference group. The new service mix will strengthen the information provided to Quota refugees before travel to New Zealand to prepare them for working and living in New Zealand.
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New Zealand attended the Annual Tripartite Consultation on Resettlement (ATCR) held in the first week of July.  The ATCR was attended by INZ officials; Andrew Lockhart, National Manager; and Qemajl Murati, Manager, Refugee Quota Branch; representatives of NGOs; Kefeba Mundele, Chairman of the New Zealand National Refugee Network; Miranda Pittaway, Acting National Manger, NZ Red Cross Refugee Services; Dr. Arif Saeid, President of the Refugee Council of New Zealand.
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The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched new guidelines on detention. This publication, Human rights standards for immigration detention, sets out benchmarks for the humane treatment of people held in immigration detention.

Wellington – a Connected City

The Wellington City Council has made considerable headway this year towards its vision for a Connected City, responsive to and respectful of the many different communities in the capital. One of the highlights is the continued development of the Neighbours Day event.

Wellington’s had two successful Neighbours Day events in 2012 and 2013, now we want to ensure the everyday benefits of knowing your neighbours really include people of all our ethnic groups.
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The Driver’s Licence Programme for women from refugee background led by ChangeMakers Refugee Forum has been awarded special recognition by the Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy.

The programme, which began in 2012, supports women from refugee backgrounds to obtain their full licence. It is now running its second term. Six women have successfully obtained their restricted driver’s licence.
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International Day of the Older Person

Age Concern logoAge Concern Counties Manukau Inc are pleased to advise that it’s under three months till our IDOP 2013 (International Day of the Older Person) event on Thursday 3 October.  This is a free public event to celebrate positive ageing and intergenerational links and will be held at the Vodafone event centre. We invite you to go like our page https://www.facebook.com/Idop2013 and email Kellyw@accm.org.nz if you would like to know how to be involved.

 

Registrations are now open for the annual New Zealand Diversity Forum, to be held in Wellington Monday 26 August at Te Papa, Wellington.
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For the first time Islam Awareness Week will be launched in conjunction with the NZ Diversity Forum in Wellington on Monday 26 August.

Islam Awareness Week (IAW) is held from 26 August−1 September. The theme for this year is The Role of Youth in the Community.
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Annual Religious Diversity Forum

Every year a religious diversity forum is held at the Diversity forum on an issue addressed in the Statement on Religious Diversity. Focusing on religion and media, this year’s forum will be held on Monday 26 August.
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Regional Interfaith Forum Report

The Report on the Regional Interfaith Forum, held in Hamilton on Sunday, 7 June 2013, has been completed.

The organising committee of the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) would like to thank all those that attended and participated in the Forum, as well as all those that volunteered their time and energy towards making this a very successful event. 
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The Semarang Plan of Action, a result of the 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue held in Semarang, Indonesia in March 2012, made several recommendations for strengthening regional interfaith initiatives between nations in the Asia-Pacific region.  
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Muslim’s share Iftar with others

The Waikato Muslims Women’s Association hosted an Iftar (breaking fast) and dinner event for community leaders on July 20.  This was the first time the Muslim community has done this in Hamilton. The event began with a call to prayer, after which guests had some light refreshments.  It’s traditional to break our fast with a date – it’s the first thing Muslims eat after going without food or water for the day. The guests at the event were encouraged to do the same thing.
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The most urgent task of our time is to build a global community of harmony and mutual respect so that people from every culture and faith tradition can live together in peace.
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Auckland Eid Day

Auckland Eid Day would like to extend a very warm invitation to you along with your family and friends, to attend Auckland Eid Day 2013, celebrating Eid al-Fitr. For its third year in a row, Auckland Eid Day plans to bring you an atmosphere of happiness, fun, diversity and unity, where all are welcome to join together in celebration of the joyous spirit of Eid. 
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Christchurch Interfaith Activities

The Christchurch Interfaith Council will be hosting Chris Stedman, who works  from Havard University, Boston, USA as a humanist pastoral care worker and a facilitator of interfaith dialogue in the USA. He will be speak on the topic “The spiritual Rebuild of Christchurch; more than religion alone …”.  
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Dunedin Interfaith Activities

Dr. Ingrid Mattson will be speaking at the Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group and Otago tertiary Chaplaincy Annual Open Lecture. The topic of her speech will be “Interfaith engagement for peace – A Muslim perspective”
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The Week of Prayer for World Peace will be observed in New Zealand between 13th and 20th October. A leaflet has been produced by the New Zealand organising committee with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths to use each day. The theme of the leaflet is developed for worldwide distribution by the Week of Prayer for World Peace multi-faith committee based in Great Britain.
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Portrait of Philip Patston

Philip Patston wants to see more disabled characters and actors on our screens.

Strangers often come up to Philip Patston in the street and ask him why they don’t see him on TV anymore. His 10-year career as a comedian ended almost a decade ago. But he’s still recognised as that funny, gay, vegetarian guy with cerebral palsy from Pulp Comedy and Shortland St.

It doesn’t worry Patston that he’s left the media spotlight to become a campaigner for social change around disability and diversity. What does baffle him is the lack of “unique” (read disabled) talent to replace him on New Zealand screens.

Part of the answer is to do with Patston’s personality. It takes a certain sort of person – confident, stubborn, dissatisfied, risk-taking – to fight the mainstream. But it’s more than that: Patston recognises getting more disabled people on our screens is about changing entrenched attitudes.


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Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, will open the ninth NZ Diversity Forum at Te Papa on 26 August. The forum is a unique national event, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.  
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Prominent Muslim blogger Anjun Raman, NZ Herald columnist Dita di Boni and Victoria University Professor of Religious Studies Paul Morris are panellists debating the portrayal of religion in the media at the New Zealand Diversity Forum at Te Papa on Monday 26 August. The panel will discuss the responsibilities and roles the media has in reporting on religious issue and whether religious groups have a clear understanding of the role and responsibility of the media. Chaired by Commissioner Richard Tankersley, the forum is  hosted by NZ National Commission for UNESCO and supported by the  Victoria University Religious Studies Programme (VUW) and the Human Rights Commission.

Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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National Schools’ Peace Week

Schools all over New Zealand are invited to participate in the National Schools’ Peace Week, a national campaign aiming to raise awareness about peace education and building peaceful communities, from 5-9 August 2013.


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Share your ideas and good practice on promoting diversity at the New Zealand Diversity Forum on 26 August in Wellington. The Forum, now in its ninth year, is a unique opportunity for people involved in encouraging positive race relations and human rights to come together to network and participate in inspiring workshops and sessions. The theme this year is: My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…  


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Kia orana! Cook Islands Language Week 2013 takes place from 4 to10 August. This year’s theme is: Toku Reo, Utuutu `Ia: My Language, Nurture it. It promises to be a week full of song, dance, food, crafts, language, and all things Cook Island. Celebrations include the inaugural `Akirata `Ou Festival (the New Dawn) hosted by the Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ) in association with the Cook Islands Community of New Zealand.


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Islam Awareness Week

This week helps to raise New Zealand’s understanding of Islam during Islam Awareness Week, 27 August −1 September. The theme this year is: The Role of Youth in the Community.


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Viva Eclectika 2013 is taking place in Auckland on Saturday 31 August. This biennial event is hosted by The New Zealand – Asia Association (NZAA) Inc in conjunction with the NZ Diversity Forum. It’s an explosion of creative fusions to promote unity, goodwill, understanding and positive race relations. 


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Employers who embrace diversity will be acknowledged at the ANZ and Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust Diversity Awards on 29 August.  These awards aim to increase awareness of the business benefits of valuing every employee including migrants, people with different abilities and those who need flexible hours.


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This workshop, led by Bob Tamihana, will provide a chance for non-Māori to learn about Māori culture, values and world view.


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Neighbours in our Community takes place on the last Friday of each month. Come along and listen to a migrant share their culture and experiences of their home country. Find out how they’ve settled into life in Rotorua and get involved in the local community.


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Hutt City Settlement Support runs free seminars for migrants on different topics of everyday life in New Zealand. Seminars planned for August include:
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New migrant parents are invited to a child health and development seminar on Thursday 8 August. Katrina Semmens from Porirua Plunket Services will talk about the services offered to families for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five in New Zealand.


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Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique creative space in the heart of Auckland city for adults who have come in contact with mental health services. Toi Ora is preparing for two exciting new exhibitions at its gallery at 6 Putiki St, Grey Lynn.


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Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council is hosting another Living in Harmony evening on 29 August at 7pm in the Village Hall, Historic Village at 17th Avenue, Tauranga.


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Refugee-background communities have identified the resettlement issues they’d like addressed in the 2013−14 Wellington Regional Action Plan for Refugee Health and Wellbeing. The Action Plan is a collaboration between refugee-background communities, NGOs, and government agencies. It is facilitated by ChangeMakers Refugee Forum.  


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Hamilton Local Settlement Network will meet on Wednesday 21 August to discuss welfare reforms and making Hamilton home.


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Multicultural Expo 2013

Auckland Multicultural Society hosts Multicultural Expo 2013 on Sunday 4 August in Mt Eden, Auckland. The theme for this year’s expo is: Music and Poem.


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Settlement Support Wellington is offering a free seminar for recent migrants to learn more about family, parenting and relationship services in Wellington.


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Multi-Ethnic Festival of Eid

The Counties Manukau Ethnic Council is hosting a Multi-Ethnic Festival of Eid on Sunday 18 August, 10.00am to 5.00pm at Mangere Centre Park, Robertson Road, Mangere.


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Fetu Taiala celebrates Tausala Day

Fetu Taiala welcomes all members of the community to come along to Tausala Day –  an event to celebrate Samoan language, culture and the fa’a Samoa way of life.


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On Monday 26 August, the Committee for Interfaith Relations is hosting a multi-faith evening conversation at the Palmerston North Public Library.


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A weekly chat over a cuppa has developed into a weekly chat over the Otago Access Radio airwaves for women from Dunedin’s migrant communities. Chai and Chat is broadcast every Thursday from 1-1.30pm on 105.4FM and 1575AM.


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Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC) is marking a major milestone this year. On 17 August, MMC is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with an official ceremony (2.00−4.30pm) and an ethnic gourmet dinner (6.30−9.30pm) at the Community Leisure Centre, Palmerston North.


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The 2013 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on 25-26 August at Te Papa in Wellington.


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Multicultural Rotorua and the Rotorua Newcomers Network have organised a range of activities for migrants in July.
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Settlement Support Manukau is running a free workshop for migrant and former refugee parents seeking information about the New Zealand Education System (pre-school to high school as well as ESOL). 
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Activities this year will include several interfaith events marking Abraham our Father in Faith.
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Hutt City Settlement Support runs free seminars and workshops on different topics of everyday life in New Zealand, such as education, health system, taxation, renting or buying a house.


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The Mangere Community Law Centre will hold Law in a nutshell from 31 July.
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Schools all over New Zealand are invited to participate in the National Schools’ Peace Week, a national campaign aiming to raise awareness about peace education and building peaceful communities, from 5-9 August 2013.


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The CTU Biennial Women’s Conference will be held 26-27 July this year in Wellington.
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Local ethnic communities have been asked to participate in a photographic exhibition documenting their journey from their homeland to Papatoetoe.
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Asian Health Promotion Workshop

The Asian Network Inc. (TANI) in conjunction with the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand will host an Asian Health workshop.
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Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand offers a 6-week course on New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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FMR 43

Many states fail in their responsibilities to their citizens but those states which are fragile, failed or weak are particularly liable to render their citizens vulnerable.
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Art Day

For the third year Refugee Trauma Recovery has partnered with Wellesley College, Days Bay, Wellington to mark World Refugee Day 2013.


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The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Education Programme hosted an International Women’s day celebration on 9 March to launch the month of FGM community education initiatives throughout Auckland. Te Punanga Jun2013


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26 June was UN International Day in support of victims of torture. This is the most significant day in the year for IRCT as they work worldwide to educate governments around torture.


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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched a global campaign highlighting the impact of war and conflict on families.


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Annual UNHCR Consultations

The Annual United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Consultations with Non-Governmental Organisations has taken place in Geneva over June 11-13, attended by delegates from 78 countries. 
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New Zealand Diversity Forum 2013

The 2013 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held 25-26 August in Wellington. The theme of the conference, “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…” continues from Race Relations Day in March.


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Islam Awareness Week

Islam Awareness Week (IAW) will be held from 26 August-1 September 2013. The theme for this year is “The Role of Youth in the Community.”


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Auckland Eid Day

Auckland Eid Day is a family based event with a vision to create an atmosphere of happiness, fun, diversity and unity.


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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations is offering several interfaith events marking “Abraham our Father in Faith”. In Wellington, a pilgrimage to the Islamic Centre, Kilbirnie, on 19 July, and discussion on Abraham from Christian and Muslim perspectives.


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During a recent visit to Christchurch with other interfaith youth leaders, International Ambassador for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Lachlan Mackay paid homage to Christchurch by reflecting on the suffering of Cantabrians especially those from faith communities.


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The Dalai Lama offered words of hope and encouragement to a youth delegation of world faiths during his latest New Zealand tour.


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The Dalai Lama was officially welcomed by a delegation of about 50 people from the Dunedin Interfaith Council on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in June.


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Review of religious diversity

The Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations, Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2012 is now available. It includes a chapter specifically addressing religious diversity.


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The Ministry of Education, in association with NZQA, is reviewing the Levels 1-3 Religious Studies achievement standards.


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The Waikato Interfaith Council hosted a successful interfaith forum in Hamilton at the Hamilton Gardens on 9 June.


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National Youth Forum

The National Youth Forum runs in parallel with the New Zealand Diversity Forum and  is an opportunity for young people from all over the county to come together to discuss and engage in issues relating to cultural diversity.


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The 2013 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 25-26 August in Wellington, Te Papa.


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Upcoming Language Weeks

Themes for each language week will be confirmed closer to the dates. For more information on Pacific Language Weeks visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affair’s website and facebook page.


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Vocab@Vic 2013 – 18-20 December

Thirty per cent of the research on vocabulary that has appeared in the last 100 years has appeared in the last 10 years. There has been remarkable progress in research in areas such as multiword units, computer-assisted vocabulary learning, vocabulary learning activities and vocabulary testing.


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ALANZ and ALAA are the applied linguistics associations of New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Their first combined conference in Auckland in 2009 provided an opportunity for applied linguists in New Zealand and Australia to come together, share ideas, and have a good time. The second conference was held in 2011 in Canberra.


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Deaf and hearing New Zealanders now have access to te Reo Māori vocabulary through the Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language, produced at Victoria University.
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Over the last few months, the Commission has been collating information on key issues under three priority areas identified in the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: NZSL in education; access to services and information and NZSL maintenance and promotion.


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The Sri Lankan Language and Cultural School, Christchurch celebrated Diary Day on 26 May. At the beginning of this year the “My Think writing/Diary writing” concept was introduced to the students to improve their reflective writing on achieving personal goals while talking to themselves as self-evaluators.


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Interpreters who first came together at the Language Line professional development seminar in Auckland last month are now collaborating and sharing knowledge through an online dialogue.


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In 2013, Te Wiki o te Reo – Māori Language Week will be celebrated from Monday 1 – Sunday 7 July with the theme: “Ngā Ingoa Māori Māori names”.  Māori Language Week is an opportunity to celebrate, speak and support te reo Māori at work, in our homes and in our communities.


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Race Relations Report

The Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations, Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2012 is now available. It includes a chapter specifically addressing language.


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New Zealand’s first bilingual dictionary of Māori legal terms has been launched at Victoria University’s Faculty of Law.


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A recent article in the Journal of Primary Health Care, focusing on Canterbury, aims to describe the pattern of interpreter service need and use by general practice services, and to identify key barriers and enabling factors to the use of trained interpreters.


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The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs recently launched its Pacific Languages Compendium − a web-based directory of New Zealand government resources that are written or delivered in a Pacific language.


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Race Relations Report 2012

Each year the Commission publishes a report surveying general developments in race relations over the previous year, collating key data, analysing complaints and providing an overview of race relations research in New Zealand.


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Māori Language Week is celebrated throughout the country in July − it’s our opportunity to celebrate, speak and support te reo Māori at work, in our homes and in our communities.


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NZDAP 2012 Participants’ survey

Thank you for your contribution to diversity action in New Zealand over the past year.

We greatly value the relationship with your organisation through the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.
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Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars also known as Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters and gives its name to the Māori New Year. Matariki celebrations usually begin on the day of the first new moon following its rising.
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The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs recently launched its Pacific Languages Compendium − a web-based directory of New Zealand government resources that are written or delivered in a Pacific language.


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World Refugee Day

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. This year, the UNHCR theme is “one family torn apart by conflict is too many.”
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The Auckland Council − Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel will host a Public Meeting on Saturday 13 July from 9.00am to 1.30pm at the Henderson Council Chambers, Level 2 Civic Building 6 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson.


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Asian Health Promotion Workshop

The Asian Network Inc. (TANI) in conjunction with the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand will host an Asian Health workshop.


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Healthy Christchurch – Boxes of Hope

Healthy Christchurch is an intersectoral initiative of over 200 organisations within Canterbury and it is lead by the Canterbury District Health Board.


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Hutt Valley Settlement Support workshop

Hutt Valley Settlement Support will hold an information workshop for new migrants on Thursday 27 June from 10am to 12 nn at Room 3, Te Awa Kairangi Building, cnr of Laings Rd and Myrtle St, Lower Hutt.


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Winter Workshops provide an opportunity for you to experience visual arts classes by innovative and knowledgeable tutors in three South Taranaki communities during June, July and August.


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The School of Psychology and Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research (CACR) at Victoria University of Wellington are now recruiting new PhD students in Cross-cultural Psychology and would like to make you aware of scholarship opportunities offered by the NZ Government.
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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Al Nisbet’s Marlborough Express cartoon 29 May 2013

Al Nisbet’s Marlborough Express cartoon 29 May 2013

Cartoonists’ social commentary tends to come through pictures, not words. But the controversy around the Al Nisbet “Food in Schools” cartoons has promoted lively debate among cartoonists over the role – and the limits – of their craft.

Auckland cartoonist Malcolm Walker doesn’t like the Al Nisbet food in schools cartoons. He thinks the two cartoons, published at the end of May in the Marlborough Express and The Press, are racist − and not funny. But he defends the right of cartoonists to cover controversial topics − including ones to do with race.
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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington.Participants will engage in hands on e-learning activities and participate in reo Māori workshops.
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Would you like to upskill your knowledge base for teaching a language or be better prepared for a training course in teaching English as an additional language? These nine-hour Unitec short courses are in-service workshops for prospective or practising language teachers in New Zealand or overseas schools and tertiary institutions.

  • Phonology Awareness (5 /12 /19 June)
  • Grammar Awareness (10 /13 /17 July)
  • e-Language Learning (16 / 19 / 23 Oct)

For more information visit the Unitec website.

Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Mandarin Corner takes place in the Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms. There is a topic for each session (these may change subject to unforeseen circumstances). Entry is by gold coin donation.
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Increased funding for te reo Māori was announced as part of Budget 2013. This funding is linked to the Māori Language Strategy, due to be released later this year. Budget 2013 will also increase funding for Mā Te Reo to $2.5 million a year to support community projects that increase language use and proficiency.

Two-hundred and sixty-five existing Teach NZ scholarships will be allocated to trainees for Māori-medium education and secondary te reo Māori, and 30 new scholarships will be offered to attract highly talented Māori and Pasifika candidates into teacher education from 2014.

Read the press release.

The Constitutional Advisory Panel is seeking submissions from the public about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements. Submission guides are available in te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Hindi and in Easy Read. The Constitution website can be viewed in English or te reo Māori. The Submission Guide and further details about the Constitutional Review areas are also available in NZ Sign Language.

Increased funding for te reo Māori was announced as part of Budget 2013. This funding is linked to the Māori Language Strategy, due to be released later this year. Budget 2013 will also increase funding for Mā Te Reo to $2.5 million a year to support community projects that increase language use and proficiency.
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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an important opportunity for individuals, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights in the forum of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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The Human Rights Foundation of New Zealand (HRF), with Peace Movement Aotearoa in Wellington, is coordinating NGO input into the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council of New Zealand’s human rights performance over the past four years.


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Rebuild for Mangere Refugee Centre

On 10 May 2013, the Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse announced the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland is to be rebuilt following a $5.5 million Government commitment of operating expenditure over the next four years towards the cost, as part of the 2013 Budget.


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Asylum Forum

On Wednesday 8 May, the Refugee and Protection Unit of Immigration NZ held the annual Asylum Forum. The Forum was collaboratively run with government and non-government stakeholders involved in the refugee claim process.
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The Wellington Community Law Centre established the Refugee and Immigration and Legal Advice Service (RILAS) in 1998. RILAS consists of drop-in advice sessions in Wellington and the HuttValley for people with immigration questions along with a programme of on-going legal assistance for former refugees with family reunification applications.
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Refugee and Protection Unit website

The Refugee and Protection Unit (RAPU) is developing additional resources and information on its website. As well as detailing the work and roles of the Country Research Branch, the Refugee Status Branch and the Refugee Quota Branch, the site has published statistics for the last 10 years on refugee claims and outcomes, and resettled refugees via the quota programme.
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Refugee-background community members who completed ChangeMakers Refugee Forum’s public speaking programme, Speakers Bureau, are presenting and sharing their stories with wider audiences in the Wellington region to help educate New Zealanders about refugees’ experiences.


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Refugee background youth book launch

Refugee Trauma Recovery recently celebrated the completion of a third book written by young people from refugee backgrounds with a book launch. Walking with a Fragile Heart is a collection of short stories and poems written by seven young people from Malawi, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Burma and Ethiopia.


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Upcoming language weeks

2013 is set to be a huge year for language weeks in NZ. Themes for each language week will be confirmed closer to the dates. For more information on Pacific Language Weeks visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affair’s website and facebook page.
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The Geographic Board is seeking the public’s views on whether or not to formalise the names North Island and Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island and Te Waipounamu, for the two main islands of New Zealand.
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Samoan Language Week (Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June 2013)

Samoan Language Week performance

Wellington Secondary Students performing Samoan Cultural Items at the Wellington Tu Tangata Festival.

Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’ Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language was the theme for this year’s Samoan Language Week. 2013 is the seventh year since the first Samoan Language Week was celebrated, with the Samoan language and culture celebrated and promoted throughout the country in a number of events and celebrations.
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Annual Religious Diversity Forum

The 2013 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 25-26 August in Wellington.

Every year at the Diversity Forum there is a religious diversity forum on an issue addressed in the Statement on Religious Diversity. This year’s forum will be on Monday 26 August and will focus on religion and media.


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Regional Interfaith Forum

The Waikato Interfaith Council will hold a Regional Interfaith Forum in Hamilton on Sunday 9 June 2013, from 9:30am-4:30pm.


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Christchurch Interfaith Activities

The Christchurch Interfaith Council will hold an evening on “Abraham”  to be  held in conjunction with the NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations.


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Learn about other Faiths

Make the most of this professional development opportunity to learn more about other New Zealanders from different cultures and faith communities.


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The Office of the Children’s Commissioner will host two faith leaders and faith community action-takers workshops on family violence prevention:  “Faith Communities Against Family Violence: Taking a noble idea and turning it into action.”


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10th Doha Interfaith Conference

Jocelyn Armstrong has been ‘exporting’ New Zealand’s Social Studies textbook ‘Discovering Diversity’ and the inquiry pedagogy that shapes it. In April she presented a paper at the 10th Doha Interfaith Conference on ‘Best Practices in Interfaith Dialogue’.
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A photographic exhibition of Asian New Zealanders of Muslim faith is on display at Jakarta’s State Islamic University – Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah. The Crescent Moon: The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand features images and the personal stories of 37 individuals – including two Indonesian New Zealanders.


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Ongoing commitment to the Deaf community saw a number of organisations and individuals honoured in Deaf Aotearoa’s 2013 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) In Action Awards.

Deaf Aotearoa’s annual NZSL In Action Awards recognise businesses, organisations, schools and individuals throughout the country who have actively supported both NZSL and the New Zealand Deaf community.
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Portrait of Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

The pressure of slashed media budgets, faster news schedules and attempts by Governments to control the flow of information is making it harder for journalists to do their job – truth-seeking and truth telling. And that isn’t good for cross-cultural news coverage, says Professor Mark Pearson.

Mark Pearson is a self-styled “press freedom worrier”. Yes, worrier, not warrior. As a journalism professor and Australian correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, Pearson worries about newsroom cost-cutting that has seen seasoned foreign correspondents replaced by inexperienced “parachute journalists”. He worries that the fast-pace of modern news deadlines makes it difficult to get to the real story in cultures where the sharing of information involves a measured process of gaining trust, not grabbing a 30-second sound bite. He worries that governments in many countries (in the developed as well as the developing world) are imposing more restrictions on press freedom – often in the name of anti-terrorism provisions, or protecting the public from rogue media.
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Thank you for your contribution to diversity action in New Zealand over the past year. We greatly value the relationship with your organisation through the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.


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Celebrate NZSL Week, 13-19 May

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). This year, the week will be celebrated from 13-19 May.


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Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June. This year’s theme is “Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language.”


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Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week (MLW) has been a feature of the New Zealand calendar since 1975.


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Auckland Council will hold a community reading and book launch on Sunday, 5 May from 2-5pm at the Glenfield Community Centre Hall, Corner Bentley Avenue and Glenfield Road, Auckland


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English Language Partners Wellington will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 7 May from 6.00 7.30pm at the Multicultural Services Centre, Level 1, 39 Webb Street.
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Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust will have their next meeting on Wednesday, 8 May from 9:30 am at the Migrant Centre, Boundary Road.
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Settlement Support Porirua brings you two free information sessions in May.


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Settlement Support Wellington will hold an interactive two-hour session on job searching and job application writing skills. The workshop is on Thursday, 16 May from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.


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The Japan Information and Cultural Center and the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research are organising a lecture by Professor Susumu Yamaguchi on Wednesday, 15 May 6.00pm at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan Level 18 Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington.


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Tairawhiti Multicultural Council will hold an International Day of Cultural Diversity event on Tuesday, 21 May. 
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The Centre will be participating in the 2013 Wellington open day in conjunction with the Wellington Jewish Community Centre.
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Law in a Nutshell

The Mangere Community Law Centre is bringing back Law in a Nutshell, starting on Wednesday 15 May. 


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The Waikato Interfaith Council will hold a Regional Interfaith Forum in Hamilton on Sunday 9 June from 9:30am-4:30pm. The theme of the Forum will be “Strengthening Existing Interfaith Networks.”
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Interpreting New Zealand began training interpreters in Wellington in 1993.  Twenty years later, they are still providing interpreter trainings twice a year. 
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The Victory Community Centre celebrates Matariki in June every year. Children from Victory Primary School help tell the stories connected to the legend of Matariki.
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The Christchurch Ryugaku Scholarship programme aims to help victims of the Japanese disasters in 2011.
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.
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Top race job often a rugged ride

Race relations is like white water rafting, said New Zealand’s fourth Race Relations Conciliator* Wally Hirsh. You start the journey and it may go smoothly for a while, then for a period you may have a bit of a rugged ride, then you get to calm waters again, then turbulence. But the thing to remember is it’s worth being part of the experience. “The journey is a lot more interesting if you take part, than if you stand on the banks and watch it go by.”


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Upcoming Language Weeks

2013 is set to be a huge year for Language Weeks in NZ. Themes for each language week will be confirmed closer to the dates.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

The venue for Mandarin Corner is now the Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms. Please note there is no Mandarin Corner on 4 May due to school holidays.


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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington. Participants will engage in hands on e-learning activities and participate in reo Māori workshops.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013. The week will run from 1 to 7 July and the theme will be Ngā Ingoa Māori.


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The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?


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Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

O le tofa mau a Samoa, a fafaga fanau i upu ma tala e ola a’e ua atamamai i tu ma aga. A tautala pea lava pea i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona fa’aolaola ai i loto ma agaga o le fanau le tofi o tagata Samoa. Fa’atauanau fanau e tautatala i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona masani ai ma popoto e tautatala i luma o tagata. O le tele o upu ma tala, o le maoa’e fo’i lea o le ola a’oa’oina ma malosiaga o le tagata.

Theme: ‘Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language’


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Deaf Aotearoa is challenging all New Zealanders to learn 25 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) signs to celebrate NZSL Week (13 – 19 May).


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The Māori Electoral Option gives New Zealanders of Māori descent the opportunity to choose whether they want to be on the Māori Electoral Roll or the General Electoral Roll when they vote in the next two General Elections.


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Interpreting Wellington celebrated its 20th Anniversary on 17 April at an event hosted by the Mayor of Wellington, Ms Celia Wade-Brown.
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The Sri Lankan Language and Cultural School, Christchurch recently released its first monthly newsletter, “Inspirations of Samadhi Children”. The newsletter is a bilingual publication in Sinhala and English Languages.


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The Geographic Board is seeking the public’s views on whether or not to formalise the names North Island and Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island and Te Waipounamu, for the two main islands of New Zealand.


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If you asked people who Susan Devoy was a month ago, they would have said, “Oh, isn’t she that squash player.”

Ask the same question now and they will say she is the Race Relations Commissioner, one of the fulltime Commissioners at the Human Rights Commission. Dame Susan Devoy, (she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998, and remains the youngest in those ranks.)


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On 22 April, around 30 Afghan interpreters, who were working with the New Zealand Defence Force in Afghanistan, along with 64 of their immediate family members, arrived at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. The interpreters were offered resettlement in recognition of their service to New Zealand as employees of the Provincial Reconstruction Team, through the New Zealand refugee quota programme.

The interpreters joined more than 60 former refugees from other countries who have also arrived in New Zealand through the quota programme.

New Zealand Red Cross Chief Executive John Ware says, “We’re looking forward to supporting the interpreters from Afghanistan, just as we support all refugees who come to New Zealand through the quota programme.”

“The challenge is to ensure that all families, regardless of their country of origin, have the volunteer support they need to start again.”

“We’ve had very large groups so far this year, and this group is similar in size. We will especially need volunteers in the Manawatu and Waikato areas, as this is where the interpreters and their families will be resettled.”

Former refugees from a number of other countries will be arriving in the Wellington, Auckland and Nelson areas and will also need volunteer support to help them adjust to life in New Zealand.

“Our Pathway to Settlement programme will work with all the new families to create individualised plans identifying their personal goals. Then our job becomes supporting them to achieve these goals, and a big part of that support comes from our dedicated volunteers” said Mr Ware.

The arrivals will settle into their new communities in mid-June, just before World Refugee Day on 20 June, but training for new volunteers will start in early May. Anyone interested in volunteering in Auckland, the Manawatu, the Waikato, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington or Nelson should contact info@refugeeservices.org.nz.

Hillcrest High School Year 13 student Naomi Kumar’s dream for Aotearoa New Zealand won her the top award at the 2013 Race Unity Speech Awards held recently in Auckland.


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As part of its Jubilee celebrations, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held an event on Sunday 24 March. An estimated 80 people attended the event, which promoted an awareness and understanding of peace, tolerance, love and understanding among all communities.


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The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) has announced that the Hamilton City Council will open each of its City Council meetings with an interfaith prayer.


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Religious unity and communal harmony was the highlight of a festival that combined Easter and ‘Vishu’ celebrations which was organised by the Hamilton Malayalee Association on Sunday, 14 April 14.


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Auckland Interfaith Seminar

The Auckland Inter-Faith Council will hold an interactive seminar with the theme, “Is Religion Relevant in Today’s Growing Auckland?”on 4 May, 9.30am- 4.00pm at St John’s Theological College, 202-210 St Johns Road, Meadowbank.


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The Waikato Interfaith Council will hold a Regional Interfaith Forum in Hamilton on Sunday 9 June 2013, from 9:30am-4:30pm. The theme of the Forum will be “Strengthening Existing Interfaith Networks.”


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Islam Awareness Week (IAW) will be held from 27August-1 September 2013. The theme for this year is “The Role of Youth in the Community.”


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Globally, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The latest issue of Forced Migration Review online includes 26 articles examining the abuse of rights of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and discussing both the challenges and examples of good practice in securing their protection as forced migrants.

Request print copies online or contact the Editors.

If you asked people who Susan Devoy was a month ago, they would have said, “Oh, isn’t she that squash player.”

Ask the same question now and they will say she is the Race Relations Commissioner, one of the fulltime Commissioners at the Human Rights Commission.
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Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June. This year’s theme is “Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language.”


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Deaf Aotearoa Taster’s Class

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). This year, the week will be celebrated from 13-19 May.


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The Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel, Auckland Council is hosting a mini-conference on “Racism – Does it impact on Auckland as a diverse city?” The conference will look at racism and how it impacts on Auckland.


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Working with Interpreters

Settlement Support Porirua is organising a free seminar on working with Interpreters on Monday 15 April from 10-11.30am at the Helen Smith Community room, Pataka (corner Norrie and Parumoana Streets) Porirua.
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PWW (NZ) Meeting

Pacific Women’s Watch NZ will hold an open meeting on Tuesday 23 April from 5.30pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.
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Southland Multicultural Council will hold a potluck dinner and mini Olympics Fun Night on Saturday 20 April 6.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, King Street, Windsor Invercargill.
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The Manawatu Multicultural Council will host a potluck dinner and evening seminar on the role of police, and neighbourhood support for ethnic communities on Friday, 26 April at Te Manawa – all invited.


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Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week (MLW) has been a feature of the New Zealand calendar since 1975. The Human Rights Commission works with Te Taurawhiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kokiri to promote the week as an opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate Te Reo Māori and to Give it a Go to learn and use more Māori phrases in everyday life.
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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NZDAP 2012 Participants’ survey

Thank you for your contribution to diversity action in New Zealand over the past year. We greatly value the relationship with your organisation through the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.


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The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?


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The Refugee and Protection Unit of Immigration New Zealand consists of three branches: the Refugee Quota Branch, Refugee Status Branch and the Country Research Branch.


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On Friday, 22 February, the first group of quota refugees for 2013 left Mangere and travelled to their new homes in settlement areas around New Zealand.


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For a variety of reasons many women feel more comfortable swimming in a relaxed and supportive female-only environment.


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English classes

English classes are running in the Central City, Onehunga, Meadowbank, Mt Wellington, Panmure, and Glen Innes as well as English for Employees class in Newmarket.


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Asylum Forum

The Asylum Forum is a regular gathering for those involved in asylum issues in New Zealand.
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Twelve young women from across Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs participated in the first session of the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum sports and recreation programme.
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On 21 and 22 February New Zealand’s implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was considered by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).  


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The Royal Society of New Zealand has launched its Languages in Aotearoa New Zealand paper outlining the major issues facing language practices in New Zealand.


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The Māori Electoral Option gives New Zealanders of Māori descent the opportunity to choose whether they want to be on the Māori Electoral Roll or the General Electoral Roll when they vote in the next two General Elections.


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The F.A.G.A.S.A conference will be held from 23 to 25 April at the Travelodge Palmerston North. Folasaga mo ni pepa mo le Fonotele a F.A.G.A.S.A. i Pamasetone 23 -25 Aperila 2013.


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Christchurch City Council is encouraging property owners, connected to a gravity system, to get their home or business inspected to identify any problems. This information has been translated into Simplified Chinese, Korean and Samoan.


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The Hika Explorer – or Hika Torotoro – provides instant access translations of more than 54,000 common phrases from English to te reo Māori It works to enhance the learning and teaching of te reo Māori and was launched this month at the Faculty of Education of Massey University.


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The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights. But how well are we actually doing?


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Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

O le tofa mau a Samoa, a fafaga fanau i upu ma tala e ola a’e ua atamamai i tu ma aga. A tautala pea lava pea i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona fa’aolaola ai i loto ma agaga o le fanau le tofi o tagata Samoa. Fa’atauanau fanau e tautatala i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona masani ai ma popoto e tautatala i luma o tagata. O le tele o upu ma tala, o le maoa’e fo’i lea o le ola a’oa’oina ma malosiaga o le tagata.

Theme: Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

The venue for Mandarin Corner has been changed to Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms. There is a topic for each session (these are subject to change without notice). Entry is by gold coin donation


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NZ Sign Language Week 13 – 19 May

Deaf Aotearoa will again be holding FREE NZSL Taster Classes as part of NZSL Week 2013 (13 – 19 May). Now in its seventh year, NZSL Week raises awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and promotes NZSL, one of the official languages of New Zealand.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.
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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington. Participants will engage in hands on e-learning activities and participate in reo Māori workshops.


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Early next year, New Zealand will appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council) for its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR). During the UPR process, other countries will examine New Zealand’s human rights performance.


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At the end of 2012, 22 people representing various Dunedin based faith communities met at an end of year gathering hosted by the Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group and Reverend Greg Hughson, Chaplain of Otago University to consider a proposal to form a Dunedin Interfaith Council.   
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The Semarang Plan of Action, a result of the 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue held in Semarang, Indonesia in March 2012, made several recommendations for strengthening regional interfaith initiatives between nations in the Asia-Pacific region. 


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Senior high school students are welcome to attend the Race Unity Conference on Saturday, 6 April at the Manukau Bahá’í Community Centre, 16 Rowandale Avenue, Manurewa.


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Buddhist NGO, Soka Gakkai International of New Zealand (SGINZ) launched “iChoose”, an innovative anti-bullying programme in ten Auckland high schools last month.


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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. To celebrate and to promote awareness and understanding of peace, tolerance, love and understanding among all communities an event will be held on Sunday, 24 March, 11am-1pm at the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road Balmoral.


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Christchurch Interfaith Society

The nine spiritual styles will be discussed at this month’s Christchurch Interfaith Society meeting which will be held on Tuesday 26 March, 7 – 9 pm at 17 Kirkwood Ave, Christchurch.


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The prognosis on Prosser

New Zealand writer Brannavan Gnanalingam says ‘looking Muslim’ already poses big problems when he travels

The now infamous “airport-security-confiscated-my-pocket-knife, so-no-young-Muslims (or-anyone-who-looks-like-a-Muslim-or-comes-from-a-Muslim-country) should-be-allowed-to-fly” column by New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser first appeared at the end of January.
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The Human Rights Commission is offering free workshops for individuals, NGOs and civil society to participate in New Zealand’s Universal Periodic Review, a review of the country’s realisation of human rights by the United Nations.


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This year, Race Relations Day, 21 March,  is about getting people to talk about their aspirations for themselves, whānau and community. The theme “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand is…”, intends to connect New Zealanders’ dreams and aspirations for future generations with discussions that are taking place around our constitutional arrangements.

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Now in its thirteenth year, the annual Race Unity Speech Awards will be on the theme “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…”

Race Unity


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In 1893, New Zealand women were the first women to win the right to vote. This was due to the campaigning done by ordinary men and women who were passionate about equality and civil rights.


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Last year WWW4Peace Organisers held a Peace Walk from the Parliament to Civic Square and had a scroll signing as a rededication to support the 1995 UN Statement of Women’s Contribution to the Culture of Peace.

WWW4Peace 2013


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To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Canterbury Business Association Women’s Project will hold an evening of connection, cultural performances and fun on Friday, 8 March from 6:30pm at the Riccarton Baptist Church Hall.


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The Auckland Inter-Faith Council will hold a talk on the theme “Beginnings and Possibilities.” Hosted by the Unitec Chaplaincy Services, the event is on Thursday 14 March at 7:30 p.m at the Red Lecture Theatre, Building 180, Carrington Road Unitec Campus.


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Refugee Women’s Day, 15 March

The 5th Refugee Women’s Day will be held in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March from 9am-2pm at the St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road.

Refugee Womens Day


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The Wellington City Council and Asia NZ Foundation is organising the South East Asian Night Market on Saturday, 16 March from 4pm – 10 pm at the Wellington Waterfront (next To Te Papa and outside Amphitheatre at Te Papa).


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 A guided Cultural Heritage Walk at the Government Gardens in Rotorua will be held on Sunday 17 March. The meeting place is at Rotorua Arts Village 1240 Hinemaru St.


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The 2nd Pacific community consultation will take place on Monday, 18 March from 6 -8pm at the Manukau Room, Manukau Civic Building 31-33 Wiri Station Road, Manukau.
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Settlement Support Porirua is organising a free seminar on Emergency Preparedness.  The seminar is on Wednesday 20 March from 1030-1130 am at the Lecture Theatre, Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua.


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The EthnicA Conference Christchurch will be held on Saturday, 23 March at the Westpac Business and Community Hub, 55 Jack Hinton Drive in Addington.
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London. Shanghai. Singapore. Where is the hottest destination for today’s young professionals to work, study or travel?

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Neighbours Day Aotearoa

New Zealand’s biggest neighbourhood celebration, Neighbours Day Aotearoa (NDA), is back for a third year.

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March Workshops in Manukau

A “Treaty of Waitangi Information Workshop” will be held on Saturday, 9 March from 9:00am – 4:00pm at ARMS Manukau Resource Centre, 2 Osterley Way.


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NZ-wide “Migrante” Film Screening

Migrante Aotearoa, Filipino Artists in New Zealand, Inc. (FILINARTIZTS), Dunedin Philippine Club, Philippine Society of Canterbury, United Filipinos (UNIFIL) Midcanterbury and Filipino Dairy Workers NZ (FDWNZ) are proud to bring a great movie to Filipinos and other migrants across the country.
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The Philippine Culture and Sports Club, in conjunction with the Christchurch Migrant Centre will be holding the Ambassador’s Cup basketball tournament on the 17 and 24 of March from 12 -8 pm at the Pioneer Stadium, Christchurch.
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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.

 


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The numbers of refugees arriving in New Zealand under New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Programme is returning closer to the annual quota of 750 following a steep drop in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes.


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Late last year New Zealand’s world renowned refugee resettlement programme entered a new chapter, as Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand became part of New Zealand Red Cross. Together, the agencies will further improve resettlement for refugees and their families throughout the country.


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New Zealand’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is due to take place in January 2014.  The current deadline for NGOs and the Human Rights Commission to make submissions is 17 June 2013.


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The Government has said it will take 150 refugees each year from Australian offshore detention centres beginning from 2014.


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More than 100 refugee-background women from over 10 different communities came together to celebrate their cultures at ChangeMakers Women’s Festival.


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Refugee Road Safety Action Programme

Funding of the award-winning RASNZ Refugee Road Safety Action Programme has been fully restored with a grant of $200,000 to allow its continuing operation for the next 5 years.


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TV3’s innovative documentary series, Both Worlds, is back for a second season. Both Worlds showcases a vibrant group of young Kiwis with a foot in Both Worlds.


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To celebrate NZ Children’s Day on Sunday 3 March, Refugee Trauma Recovery (previously known as Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust) is organising a children’s walk up Mt Kaukau in Wellington.
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A national gathering has been organised at Hanmer Springs on the South Island for 22-24  April to bring together some of the key stakeholders in the refugee sector for the purpose of networking, cooperation and collaboration around the new National Refugee Resettlement Strategy NRRS. 
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CAB Language Link is a non-profit community organisation funded by Immigration New Zealand that provides free and confidential information, advice and support to newcomers in 25 languages.
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To help celebrate International Mother Languages Day (21 February) and Race Relations Day (21 March), English Language Partners New Zealand (ELPNZ) and Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) have created “Aotearoa, You’re welcome in any language.”

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New Zealand is super diverse, having seen unprecedented increases in the ethnic, cultural, social and linguistic diversity of the New Zealand population embedded in a rapidly developing bicultural legislative system.


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Looking Back: Languages in 2012

The 25th anniversary of the Māori Language Act 1987 in 2012 offered an opportunity to reflect on the significant progress made since the Waitangi Tribunal issued its landmark report on the Māori language claim in 1986.
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Deaf Aotearoa is looking for this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in Action Award winners.


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WSLS was established in 1990 by a group of volunteer parents for the purpose of teaching the mother tongue (SINHALESE) to children and young adults of the Sri Lankan community in Wellington.
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This year CAB Language Link has introduced three new languages to its services – Filipino (ext 715), Sinhala (ext 722) and Tamil (ext 728).
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Information designed to inform Deaf and Hearing Impaired people on how to access the New Zealand Criminal Justice System is now available on DVD through the National Foundation for the Deaf website.

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The F.A.G.A.S.A conference will be held from 23 to 25 April at the Travelodge Palmerston North. Folasaga mo ni pepa mo le Fonotele a F.A.G.A.S.A. i Pamasetone 23 -25 Aperila 2013.


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The oneFAMILY program is about providing Cook Islands children aged 5-12 years old the opportunity to build strong language foundations through a program that will have them learn about Cook Islands language and related activities in a light, fun and practical way.
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The New Zealand Russian (Waikato) Friendship presents the Grand New Zealand Russian Musical Concert, celebrating cultural unity on Saturday 9 March at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton.


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NZSL Week 2013, 13-19 May

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
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Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

Theme: ‘Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language’


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Māori Language Week 2013, 1-7 July

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.
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Ko te ako-e ko ngā akoranga ka whakatenatenatia, ka tautokona rānei mā ngā hangarau mōhiohio me ngā hangarau whakawhitiwhiti. He tino tikanga tā te hangarau mōhiohio mō tēnei tipuranga, nā reira he pai tēnei momo ako ki a rātou.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Please note, the venue for Mandarin Corner has been changed to Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade, instead of Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade.
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A motion was passed without debate at Parliament on 13 February about respecting religious diversity. This was in response to anti Muslim comments made by NZ First MP Richard Prosser in an article in Investigate magazine.


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Race Relations Day – Tell Us Your Dream

The annual diversity season is upon us, with a multitude of multicultural events from now until Race Relations Day (21 March). The 2013 Race Relations Day theme is “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…” encouraging you to focus on your vision for Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Race Unity Speech Contest

Now in its thirteenth year of competition, the annual Race Unity Speech Awards will this year be on the Race Relations Day theme “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…”


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Looking back: Religious Diversity in 2012

The US State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report, published in July, commented favourably on the current state of religious freedom and interfaith relations in New Zealand.
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In lieu of a 2013 National Interfaith Forum, the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) is hosting a Regional Interfaith Forum to be held in Hamilton on Sunday 9 June 2013.


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National Statement against Family Violence

A Faith Communities’ National Statement against Family Violence was published on Human Rights Day, 10 December, 2012. This statement was facilitated by the Children’s Commissioner following an approach by delegates who had attended the Asia Pacific Interfaith Dialogue.
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Baha’i Faith’s Centenary Year

The Baha’i Faith’s centenary year is this year (2013). A commemorative event was held  on Saturday 9 February at the graveside of New Zealand’s first Baha’i, Margaret Stevenson.


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Christchurch Interfaith Activity

To start the year off, the Christchurch Interfaith Council will have a “show and tell” evening.


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Interfaith Harmony Week

There will be a potluck dinner to celebrate Interfaith World Harmony Week on 12 March, 6.30pm, at St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington.  
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It was a year when there were no violent protests, no politicians got jostled or had mud thrown at them, and serious issues like Māori water claims, family violence and youth suicide got an airing. So why did media coverage of Waitangi Day focus almost exclusively on conflict?


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The development of social media in recent years has outpaced the national and international regulatory frameworks established to encourage and maintain ethical and human rights standards in the print, radio and television media.


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Water – A Commons or a Commodity?

Network Waitangi Otautahi have organised an evening with economist Suzi Kerr in preparation for the outcome of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy to understand more fully the options for managing water now and in the future.


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Race Relations Commissioner retires

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres is retiring on Friday March 1 after nearly ten and a half years in the role.


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Registration of 2013 projects is underway

Have you registered your diversity projects for 2013? Check the 2013 registrations here.

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For this year Race Relations Day is about getting people to talk about their aspirations for themselves, whanau and community.

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ELPNZ and CLANZ have a new poster for you

What’s your dream for Kiwiland? Whatever it is, it’s the answer to this year’s Race Relations Day theme: “My dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…”

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Outward Bound courses 2013

The Outward Bound Trust, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission, provides an annual multi-ethnic course for young Aucklanders of Maori, Pakeha, Pacific, Asian and other ethnic descent that have been identified by their communities as having leadership potential and an ability to contribute to the development of their communities.


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CAB Language Link is a non-profit community organisation funded by Immigration New Zealand that provides free and confidential information, advice and support to newcomers in 25 languages.


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The NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations will meet on  Saturday, 16 February to prepare their activities for the coming year. 


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Migrant Tour: Dairy farm visit, 18 February

Are you curious about what life is like living or working on a dairy farm? Do you want to meet migrants and newcomers working there?


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English Language Partners and the Marlborough Migrant Centre is organising a Census information evening for migrants to help understand the Census and what you need to do.


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Auckland Lantern Festival, 22-24 February

The Auckland Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon following the Chinese New Year. In 2013, the event will be held from 22-24 February at Albert Park.

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Employment Rights Seminar, 26 February

The Employment Rights seminar runs twice a year and is delivered by the Human Rights Commission and Waitakere Community Law Service.


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Settlement support New Zealand Wellington is organising , “Come  to Welly 101” on Saturday, 2 March  from 10:00 to 12:30 pm at Te Papa Museum’s Oceania Room.

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Wellington Women Walk for Peace, 8 March

Last year WWW4Peace organisers held a Peace Walk from the Parliament to Civic Square and had a scroll signing as a rededication to support the 1995 UN Statement of Women’s Contribution to the Culture of Peace.


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In lieu of a 2013 National Interfaith Forum, the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) is hosting a Regional Interfaith Forum to be held in Hamilton on Sunday 9 June 2013.


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Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand) will host a 3-day CEDAW Consultation and Training Workshop for NGOs in Auckland, Friday 12 April – Sunday 14 April 2013 with facilitators from International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia-Pacific (IWRAW AP), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


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Chinese New Year 2013 at Te Papa

Celebrate the Year of the Water Snake with an action-packed day of performances and activities at Te Papa from 16-20 February.


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Sixty organisations have already registered their diversity projects for 2013. 

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In the days around Race Relations Day community groups, councils, schools, workplaces, marae and places of worship are encouraged to host events to acknowledge the value of cultural diversity and the need to support harmonious race relations.


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Human Rights Day Celebrations

Find out what NZDAP participants are doing to celebrate Human Rights Day.

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The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has partnered with Powershift and other groups to host a Māori and Pasifika forum which builds on the dialogue started in December 2011 with young people.


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Shakti Ethnic Women’s support Group is organising a fundraising buffet dinner on Wednesday, 5 December at Tulsi Restaurant, Cuba St, Wellington.


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Book launch, 6 December

Refugees  Link  of  Aotearoa  New Zealand, and  in  partnership  with Multicultural Council of  Wellington will launch of a new book by Samson Sahele, entitled, “Journey With My Shadow.”

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Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council will hold their end of the year Christmas Party Celebration, where several groups from Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and Pacific Islands will present dances and songs to celebrate the year and have a chance to get to know people from other countries. 

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Deaf Aotearoa Celebrates 35 Years

On Monday, 19 November Deaf Aotearoa celebrated the 35th anniversary since the inaugural meeting of the NZ Association of the Deaf in Wellington.

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In 2005 the UN designated 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.


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Celebrate Waitangi Day 2013

Whakatū Marae and Founders Heritage Park Nelson celebrate Waitangi Day on 6 February each year with an International kai festival.

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Outward Bound courses 2013

The Outward Bound Trust, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission, provides an annual multi-ethnic course for young Aucklanders of Maori, Pakeha, Pacific, Asian and other ethnic descent that have been identified by their communities as having leadership potential and an ability to contribute to the development of their communities.


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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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Register your projects for NZDAP 2013

Now is a good time to register diversity projects and programmes that you plan to undertake in the coming year.

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Religious Diversity developments 2012

Each year the Human Rights Commission includes a section on religious diversity in its Race Relations Report.


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Race Relations Day 2013

Theme for Race Relations Day 2013 has been confirmed which has been inspired by our Constitutional Review.


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In a display of religious and racial intolerance more than a dozen headstones in the historic Jewish Cemetery in Symonds Street in Auckland  were vandalised with images of swastikas and expletive-ridden anti-Israeli messages on 19 October.


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Mother Teresa Interfaith meet

Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be the guest speaker at this year’s Mother Teresa Interfaith meeting on Sunday, November 18 at the Catholic Church of Christ the King in Mt Roskill.


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Parliament celebrates Diwali

Members of the Indian community from around New Zealand gathered at Parliament on Wednesday 7 November, to celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali.


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NZ Bahá’í has a new website

The NZ Bahá’í community has recently launched its new, improved website.  


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Auckland Interfaith ends year on a high

The Auckland Interfaith Council hosted an end of year interfaith celebration on the theme “Unity” on Saturday 3 November at the Baha’i Centre in Manurewa.


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This month the NZ Herald continued its increased coverage on religious diversity with a focus on the diverse faiths in Auckland.


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The Wellington Council of Christians and Jews is hosting a talk on “Public Sacred Text Study on Our Core Beliefs: Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives” on Wednesday 5 December from 7.30pm at the Temple Sinai, 147 Ghuznee St in Wellington.


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Indigo Festival Waikato

The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) will be participating in the Indigo Festival, a vibrant celebration of Hamilton’s multicultural community, which takes place from Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December 2012.  


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Christchurch Interfaith Activity

The Christchurch Interfaith Society will have their next discussion evening on “What our faith says about the dress code and its relevance in today’s society” on Tuesday, 27 November from 7-9pm. 


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Register your projects now for NZDAP 2013

Now is the time to register diversity projects and programmes that you plan to undertake in the coming year. These may be similar projects to the ones you did last year, or new initiatives.

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Immigration Amendment Bill

The Immigration Amendment Bill continues to attract international criticism.


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Afghan interpreters offered residency

The New Zealand government has announced that Afghan interpreters working for New Zealand troops and diplomats in the province of Bamyan will be offered residency in New Zealand.


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New Charity to reunite refugee families

A new Christchurch charity hopes to raise funds to help reunite refugee families.


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Auckland City football club presented a kit donation to Malcolm Pacific and the All Refugees football initiative at the club’s official FIFA Club World Cup media day.


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Settling In – Refugees in Nelson

Around 300 people celebrated the launch of a new report (Settling In – Refugees in Nelson)  looking at issues for former refugees now living in Nelson. 

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Building on the significant success of the OEA (Office of Ethnic Affairs) Intercultural Awareness and Communication programme, and on the demand of the participants who on completion have asked for more in-depth and on-going opportunities to take their learning further, a full year part time evening course will be offered in 2013. 


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Now is the time to let us know the diversity projects and programmes that you plan to undertake in the coming year. These may be similar projects to the ones you did this year, or new initiatives.


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Samoan Language Week 2013 theme announced

The date and theme of Samoan Language Week 2013 have been announced. The week will take place from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June (Samoan Independence Day).

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Rotorua students were called in to act as translators after a serious car crash near Reporoa in October.


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Pacific Languages Framework Published

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has published the Pacific Languages Framework.


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Tokelau Language Week

The first Tokelau Language Week was launched on Te Vagana Tokelau (Niu FM/531pi) national radio programme on 28 October with official community events held from Monday 29 October through to Sunday 4 November.

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A website software-platform improvement has enabled the Palmerston North City Council to make a substantial move towards its goal of a bi-lingual website.

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Te Reo Māori in Australia

Recent news items have highlighted the number of Māori and the use of Te Reo Māori in Australia. More te reo is being spoken in Australia as growing numbers of Maori use their native language, but the shift comes with warnings about sustainability.


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There’s good news for the more than 3000 Indonesians in New Zealand. From now, they’ll be able to use their own language Bahasa Indonesian when they have business with government agencies.


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The World of Chinese is a bi-monthly English magazine and web portal dedicated to Chinese language and culture.

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Interpreting New Zealand is recruiting now for its next Wellington and Christchurch introductory interpreting courses starting in February 2013. 

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The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) recently had its AGM.


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If you are a teacher of Chinese, Cook Islands Māori, French, German, Japanese, Vagahau Niue, Gagana Samoa, Spanish, Gagana Tokelau or Tongan, TPDL is for you.


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The Victoria University Confucius Institute is working with four North Island community based language schools to promote Chinese language learning.


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre (MMC) is a not-for-profit community organisation supporting migrants and newcomers; and the wider local community.

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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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The Wellington Chinese Language School and Mandarin Corner will hold a joint end of the year dinner on Saturday, 8 December from 6.30pm 2012年12月8日6时30分 at the Dragons Restaurant, 25 Tory St, Wellington 惠灵顿聚港轩.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.


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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington.


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For the final issue of Nga Reo Tangata for 2012, we asked a number of ethnic, Māori and Pacific media outlets what were the stories that mattered most to their audiences.

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Māori TV’s Julian Wilcox says child abuse is the most pressing issue for his audience


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Tokelau Language Week was launched on Te Vagana Tokelau (Niu FM/531pi) national radio programme last Sunday 28 October 2012 with official community events held from Monday 29 October through to Sunday 4 November.

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White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon is an international movement that asks men to stand up in their communities and condemn violence against women.

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OMEGA closes down

It is with sadness that we note the closure of NZDAP participant OMEGA.


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Congratulations to 2020 Communications

NZDAP participant 2020 Communications Trust has won the Internet Access and Digital Skills Award in the 2012 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards for DORA (Digital On Road Access). 

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Interpreting New Zealand is recruiting now for the next Wellington and Christchurch introductory interpreting courses starting in February 2013. 


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Funded by  Christchurch City Council, Christchurch Resettlement Services has partnered with AquaGym, a Christchurch swimming pool that has recovered from the earthquakes, to run a weekly swimming programme for women, girls and under 5 year olds from Refugee and Migrant backgrounds. 


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Canterbury Cultures

Tune in on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am to Canterbury Cultures, a weekly programme about resources for Canterbury’s refugee and migrant communities presented by those working in the sector.


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NetherlaNZ Foundation launches new website

As from 1 October 2012, the New Zealand Netherlands Foundation website has a new look and a new objective – to encourage those New Zealanders with a Dutch heritage and those with an interest in the Netherlands to create a “virtual” community of DutchKiwis. 

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Settling In Refugees Nelson launched

The Settling In Refugees Nelson Report was launched on Saturday, 27 October as part of the Dasain festival celebrations of the Bhutanese community in Nelson. 

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Launch of Virtual Models Resource

Ecosynergy group with funding from the Todd Foundation is launching free quality online resources for educators and youth workers today, 1 November.

Youth Educator Role Models Resource for at risk youth


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News media need to raise the accountability, diversity and ethics debate to the level of regulation to recover from the News of the World phone hacking “debacle”, say the editors of the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review.


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India’s best-loved festival, Diwali, or Deepawali, is an ancient Hindu festival that symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life.

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The Migrant Action Trust will hold a public forum entitled, Growing Confident Communities Together on Saturday 3 November, 9.30am to 1:30pm.
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Waikato Multicultural Day, 3 November

Waikato Multicultural Council is celebrating its annual cultural event, the Waikato Multicultural Day on Saturday, 3 November 2012 from 6pm at the Clarence St Theatre.


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Around the World in Tasty Ways, 3 November

Nelson Multicultural Council and Trade Aid Nelson are organising “Around the World in Tasty Ways”, a cook book launch and ethnic food fest on Saturday 3 November from 12.30pm – 3pm at the Victory Community Centre.

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The Corban Estate Arts Centre presents a celebration of Pacific Culture from 3-9 November.  

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Southland Multicultural council will hold “Rainbow Praise”, a festival of Christian choirs/singing groups from different ethnic communities coming together to share their songs of worship.


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CCM final meeting for 2012, 11 November

The Council of Christians and Muslims (NZ) Inc. will hold their final meeting for the year on Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm at St Peters Church, Onehunga.


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Support ChangeMakers work by seeing the award winning MONSIEUR LAZHAR on Wednesday 14 November from 8pm at Penthouse Cinema 205 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn, Wellington.

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Māori Language Awards Night, 16 November

The 2012 Māori Language Awards will be held Friday, 16 November at the TECT Arena, Baypark, Tauranga. 


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Celebrate Diversity, 16 November

Rotorua Settlement Support is organising a forum entitled Celebrate Diversity on Friday, 16 November from 11.50am – 2.00pm at the Committee Room 2, Rotorua District Council, 1061 Haupapa St, Rotorua.

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MMC Annual Dinner, 17 November

Manawatu Multicultural Council will have their Annual Dinner on Saturday 17 November from 6-9pm at Chinatown Restaurant 150 Cuba St Palmerston North.

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As a follow up on CEDAW’s concluding observations on New Zealand in 2012  and in preparation for NGO input into CSW57 in March 2013, Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) is holding a conference on Saturday 17 November from  9.00 am-1.00 pm at the Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs.
 

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Wellington Ethnic Forum, 19 November

Twice each year (May and November) the Mayor hosts a forum for people from the diverse communities of Wellington.

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The Philippine Culture and Sports team, organiser of the Christchurch Global Basketball tournament, in conjunction with the Christchurch Migrant Centre and supported by the Christchurch City Council, is now inviting migrant groups to come together in promoting teamwork and camaraderie through basketball.


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Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.


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Immigration Amendment Bill

The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has now reported back on the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012.


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