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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or phone: 021 117 9648.