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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!

NZ Diversity Forum 2014 banner.

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.

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

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

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.

Supper afterwards

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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…”

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Human Rights Day Celebrations

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

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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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Sixty organisations have already registered their diversity projects for 2013. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Register your projects for 2013

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 last year, or new initiatives.

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Race Relations Day 2013 theme

We hope you will consider an activity in your organisation or community for Race Relations Day in March next year.


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Vagahau Niue Week, 6-13 October

The Vagahau Niue Trust is celebrating the inaugural Vagahau Niue Week from 6-13 October.


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The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace.


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Celebrate Diwali

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 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has recognised the work of the Hindu Council of New Zealand and has given Special Consultative Status to the organisation.


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Migrating Kitchen at Moore Wilson

Top chef Ruth Pretty & Race Relations Advisor, Samuelu Sefuiva will launch Friends of the Migrating Kitchen Trust at Moore Wilson ‘kitchen’ on College St in Wellington today 1 October at 12.30pm.

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New Coasters’ Social English Classes will continue at New Coasters HQ.


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The AUT Public Lecture Series, featuring professorial addresses, serves as a public platform for introducing new professors to university colleagues and to the wider community interested in their field.


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Peace Conference, 20 October

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at New Zealand Inc is sponsoring a Peace Conference on 20 October, 2012.


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Wellington City Council and the Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration Committee are co-hosting an event in Wellington to mark the International Day of Non-Violence and the birthday of India’s ‘Father of the Nation’ on Tuesday 2 October, 12.45-1.45pm at the Mahatma Gandhi statue, Wellington Railway Station forecourt.


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The White Ribbon Campaign team at the Families Commission are pleased to announce that our system for ordering free White Ribbon resources and registering your White Ribbon events and activities is now live.

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Drawing on internationally recognised intercultural communication theories and practices, this course will explore the concept of our own cultural identity and how to bridge the gap between culture and communication in various interactions. 


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Spinning – A – Yarn, 7 October

The Victory Community Centre is organising an outdoor storytelling event, “Spinning-a-Yarn” on Sunday 7 October from 3.30 to 5.30pm at the Victory Square Park.

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Settlement Support NZ Wellington is offering a free seminar on driving in New Zealand.

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Settlement Support Hutt Valley is conducting free workshops for new migrants in October and November:


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre has been trained by the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) to deliver the one day Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) training programme to organisations in the Marlborough area and has successfully delivered four training sessions since mid-2011.


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Coming on the heels of the successful multifaith service held as a part of the National Interfaith Forum, in Hamilton in February 2012, the Waikato Interfaith Council has decided to make the Multifaith Service an annual event.


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Settlement Support New Zealand (SSNZ) Hutt Valley, Porirua and Wellington are holding a Settlement Network lunch on Monday, 15 October from 10.30am to 12pm at James Coe 1 room, The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt.


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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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New Zealand Diversity Forum a success

Over 500 people took part in the Diversity Forum in Auckland last month, starting with the national youth forum on Saturday, the plenary and the workshops and a cultural evening on Sunday and Monday and the New Zealand Diversity Awards on Monday night.


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Welcome

Welcome to our new participant for August: Toi Ora Live Trust.


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Tongan Language Week is promoted by the Aotearoa Tongan Teachers Association in partnership with the Human Rights Commission, other organisations and members of the Tongan community.

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Race Relations Day theme for 2013

It’s time to start thinking about the theme for Race Relations Day next year so that we can begin work on a design for a poster with a view to printing before Christmas.  


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The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports community events that celebrate New Zealand’s identity by commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.


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Free online ELT magazine from Unitec

ELT Magazine (English Language Teacher Magazine) is an ezine for language teachers, emphasising practical teaching ideas with a global appeal.


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After a three year national tour, the Anne Frank Exhibition comes to an end at Auckland Museum.

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Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) initiative supported by the Tertiary Education Commission, adult and community education providers at a local level and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.


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World on Stage show, 8 September

The Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC) will be hosting the 2nd “World on Stage” Show on Saturday 8 September at the Regent on Broadway in Palmerston North from 7.00pm.

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Kiwi Slang for Lunch

Settlement Support Wellington will hold lunchtime sessions of slang, colloquialisms, and peculiar Kiwi expressions for the month of September.

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Social Justice Week, 9-15 September

Caritas’ Social Justice Week 2012 runs 9-15 September, and focuses on the theme Our Daily Bread: Putting food on the table.

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September events at ARMS

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust (ARMS) is holding the following sessions in September.


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Ladies Health Day, 21 September

Women 16 years + from refugee backgrounds are invited to attend Ladies Health Day on Friday 21 September from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm at St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Rd (off Cranford St).

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The upcoming ChangeMakers Annual General Meeting will include the election of new Board Members and discussion of potential changes to the ChangeMakers Constitution. 


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The Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council (TRMC) is holding its next Living in Harmony evening on 19 September at 7pm on the Village Hall, Historic Village at 18th Avenue.

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What about CEDAW?

Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) invites you to hear about the “Process and Outcomes” from Auckland women who took their independent, alternative reports to the UN CEDAW Committee of experts and interacted with them in New York, July, 2012.


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The team at Shakti Youth Unit invites you to join the  annual youth forum MYNZ 2012.

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Humm FM and its partners bring you the Grand Ganpati Festival Celebration in Auckland  to be  held on the 29 September, 2012 at the Malaeola Community Hall, 16 Waokauri Place, off Tidal Road, Mangere from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm with the immersion (Visarjan) taking place at 2.00 pm. 

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The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace.

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Coming on the heels of the successful multifaith service held as a part of the National Interfaith Forum, in Hamilton in February 2012, the Waikato Interfaith Council has decided to make the Multifaith Service an annual event.


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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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More than 30 different organisations are coming together in Auckland on 19-20 August at the Aotea Centre to bring you an interesting range of forums, speakers and panellists and activities to advance cultural diversity and harmonious race relations in New Zealand.


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Welcome

Welcome to our new participant for July: the Victoria University of Wellington Library, who is currently having aWorld Film Showcase” from 24 July – 16 August, at the Library’s Language Learning Centre.

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Language Weeks, August and September

Cook Islands Māori Language Week will be held from Monday 6 to Friday 10 August. Visit the Cook Islands Māori Language Week Facebook page or the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs website for updates.

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The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building.


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Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to announce the appointment of Lachlan Keating as its Chief Executive.


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Marae visit with MMC, 8 August

The Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC) will hold a Marae visit on Wednesday 8 August 2012 from 10am-12.30pm.

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This year, the Waikato Interfaith Council will support the Waikato Muslim Association by helping to promote its efforts during Islam Awareness Week, 27 August to 1 September 2012.


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Living and Harmony evening, 15 August

Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council will present the next “Living in Harmony” evening on Wednesday 15August at the Village Hall, Historic Village on 17th Avenue, Tauranga at 7pm.


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Schools’ Peace Week 2012, 6-10 August

Schools’ Peace Week is a national week designed to help schools educate students about peace issues.

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Ceilidh- Irish Barndance, 4 August

The Aoraki Multicultural Council is supporting the Ceilidh- Irish Barndance that is being held on Saturday 4 August from 7-10 pm at the West End Hall, Maltby Avenue in Timaru to raise money for Transition Timaru.

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SSNZ Auckland Central will be hosting its second 2012 Local Settlement Network (LSN) Meeting on Thursday, 30 August. 


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RAS Creative Writing Workshop 2012

Wellington Refugees As Survivors (RAS) Trust are currently holding a workshop on creative writing for refugee back ground youth in Wellington.


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Come join the Waikato Interfaith Council and its member organisations and do your bit for the environment.


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The Wellington Interfaith Council will hold their AGM on Sunday 2 September from 2-3:30pm at the NZ Police National Headquarters, Level 15, 180 Molesworth St in Wellington.


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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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Welcome

Welcome to another new participant this month:Fetu Taiala Aoga Amata.


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“Arohatia te Reo” is the theme for Māori Language Week 2012. Arohatia te Reo means to cherish the language and this year it is intended to encourage all people to demonstrate their love and regard for the language.

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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.


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The Human Rights Commission has just released the latest version of Te Rito case studies.

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Register now for the 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum which will be held on 19-20 August at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.


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Join the Aotearoa Ethnic Network

The AEN email list is a great way to keep in touch with what’s happening in ethnic communities around the country.


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The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building.


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Fakakaukau debate 2012

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and Auckland Council present this year’s Fakakaukau debate with the topic: “Auckland meets the needs of Pacific people.”


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The NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are hosting an evening with Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University at the Connolly Hall, Thorndon, Wellington on Tuesday 17 July from 5.30pm.


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Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) will hold their AGM on Thursday 5 July from 7.30 pm at Somervell Community Centre, cnr Remuera Rd and Greenlane East, Auckland. 


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre was trained by the Office of Ethnic Affairs to deliver a one day or two half-day Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) training programme at the beginning of 2011 and has successfully run three workshops in 2011 and 2012. 


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The Auckland Refugee Community Coalition will host a celebration of the milestones and people of Auckland’s Refugee Resettlement on Friday 6 July 2012 from 8.30am to 3.00pm at the Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland.


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He Kāinga Hou – A New Home

Settlement Support Wellington invites new migrants and their families to an event at Pipitea Marae for opportunity to meet other newcomers and discover Māori culture in a relaxed way. 


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Big ‘A’ Awards 2012

A new award recognising the artistic achievements of a disabled or sensory impaired artist is one of six award categories in the Big ‘A’ Awards 2012, presented every year by Arts Access Aotearoa at a ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Parliament.


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Rotorua events in July

Rotorua Multicultural Council and Newcomers Network invite you to U&I can cook Japanese, U&I Learn French and U&I Learn Maori.


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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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Welcome

Welcome to new participants for the month of May!


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This week has seen events throughout the country to mark Samoan Language Week and the 50th anniversary of Samoan independence.


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World Refugee Day, 20 June

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. This year, the UNHCR theme is “1 refugee without hope is too many.”


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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 t Māori New Year.
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“Arohatia te Reo” is the theme for Māori Language Week 2012.
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Diversity Forum, 19-20 August

The 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland.


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The Settling In Dunedin  Report was launched on 22 May at George Street Normal School in Dunedin.


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The Auckland Chamber of Commerce is working with the Department of Labour to help businesses understand how to maximise the potential of a diverse workplace.


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The Peace Foundation will celebrate Auckland City for Peace and 25 years Nuclear Free New Zealand Saturday  9 June from 12-3pm in Aotea Square, The EDGE (Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, The EDGE if wet).


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The Human Rights Commission and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum invite you to a Refugee Community Forum on Disability and Human Rights.
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Settlement Support Manukau invites Service providers, Employers, Migrants and Former Refugees in Manukau to  a networking  meeting on the Saturday 9 June from 10am to 1pm at the Council Chambers, 35A St George Street Papatoetoe. 


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Wellington Mutamizh Sangam invites you to an evening of cultural entertainment with light refreshments.


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New Coasters events in June

Social English Classes will begin again on Saturday 2 June, at the New Coasters office in 39 Albert Street Greymouth.


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Settlement Support Wellington is offering a free seminar on New Zealand education system on Thursday 21 June from 5.30-7.30pm at Te Mahanga Room (Committee Room 1) Wellington City Council offices Ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street.


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The U&I can cook Indian Vegetarian is on Saturday 16 June from 10.30am -12.30pm at Rotorua Arts Village (1240 Hinemaru St.).


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The Wellington Community Law Centre will hold a training session on Immigration New Zealand Policy on Thursday 21 June from 9am – 4.30pm at the Wellington Community Law Centre Level 2, 84 Willis Street, Wellington.


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The Multicultural Services Centre is offering a free seminar on buying your first home on Saturday, 2 June from 9am-1pm at Level 1, Multicultural Services Centre, 39 Webb Street, Wellington.


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English Language Partners Wellington invites everyone to a fundraising movie, “Tortoise in Love”. 


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On Saturday 16 June from 5.00 in the afternoon, Filipinos will demonstrate their historical journey through dance, music and costume adapted from foreign countries at the auditorium of the Villa Maria College, Christchurch.


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The Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research (CAHRE) will host the 5th International Asian and Ethnic Minority and Wellbeing Conference on 27-28 June.


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In March this year we acknowledged the Metro Football Club for their participation in a Connect2sport ‘Have a Go’ day.


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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 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland.


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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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ARMS Workshop: A Fair Go For All

Sign up for a morning of up-to-date information and open discussion on this Saturday 5 May 9.30am to 2pm at Hillsborough Room Fickling Convention Centre 546 Mt Albert Road, Mt Roskill.


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Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June, starting with launch events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and Samoan Independence Day commemorations planned for the weekend of 2-3 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend).


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4th New Zealand Hindu Conference

The Hindu Council of New Zealand’s fourth New Zealand Hindu Conference has the theme “Serving Community – Serving New Zealand”.


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Launch of Settling In reports

The Settling In Eastern Southland Report was launched on 23 April and highlights the challenges and issues faced by migrants as their numbers in Eastern Southland continue to grow.


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Join the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to understand the business case for diversity and best practice in diversity management.


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Migrant Workers Expo

Come to Migrants Working  - a free Employment and Business Expo  on Saturday, 5 May 2012 from  10am – 3pm at the  Atrium, Wintec House Corner of Anglesea and Nisbet Streets, Hamilton (opposite The Warehouse and close to the Transport Centre)


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Māori Focus Month

June is Māori Focus Month at Fairfax Media NiE.


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To mark UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, Pacific Media Centre will hold a seminar on Media freedom in the Pacific: the rhetoric and the reality on Thursday, 3 May 2012 from 7-8.30pm at WT1004, AUT Tower, AUT University.


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Wellington Community Law Centre have been very involved in getting the new website www.communitylaw.org.nz  off the ground, and would like to invite everyone to celebrate the arrival and the new face of Community Law in Aotearoa.


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English Language Partners New Zealand is celebrating 20 years as a national association on Friday 25 May. 


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Celebrate Youth Week

Nelson Multicultural Council is gearing up for Youth Week (19 – 27 May) which this year has the theme “Love the skin you’re in.”


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre is hosting a presentation titled ‘Riding the Wave’ on Friday 4 May at the Gillan Gallery Art Forum, opposite Blenheim Railway Station, Grove Road, starting at 3pm.


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Settlement Support Wellington is offering a free seminar on wills on Thursday 17 May from 5.30-7pm at Te Mahanga (Committee Room One), Wellington City Council offices Ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street.


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Law in a Nutshell in Mangere

The Mangere Community Law Centre will conduct Law in a Nutshell from 2 May – 20 June, every Wednesday 9.30am – 12.30pm.


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English Language Partners Wellington is having their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 9 May from 6-7.30pm at the Multicultural Services Centre First Floor, large training room, 39 Webb Street.


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The Porirua Local Settlement Network meeting is on Monday, 7 May from 5.30-7.00pm at the Helen Smith Community Room,  Pataka (Cnr Norrie and Parumoana  Streets).


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The Wellington Council of Christians and Jews is hosting an international conference on 13-14 May on the “Twelve Points of Berlin”, the charter for Christian-Jewish dialogue.


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EthnicA Conference in Wellington

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is holding  EthnicA Wellington on Saturday 26 May at Te Papa.


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The Hamilton Directory for New Settlers is here.


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In the small village of Tohri – somewhere in India – powerful men exploit women – the wife, the neighbour and the local prostitute.


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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 Government has submitted its report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination about race relations in New Zealand. That means civil society groups and individuals can now submit their own reports (sometimes called ‘alternate reports’) to the Committee.


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I Am Deaf – Let’s Talk

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, New Zealand Sign Language Week   will be celebrated from 30 April – 6 May.


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Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June, starting with launch events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and Samoan Independence Day commemorations planned for the weekend of 2-3 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend).


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The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand will open its new premises and exhibition, “The Deckston Children” on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Thursday 19 April 2012, 7.30pm, 80 Webb St in Wellington.


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EEO Trust Updates

EEO Trust is currently adding to their website updated EEO and/or diversity policies that have been supplied by members.  


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The Office of Ethnic Affairs is holding the last two EthnicA conferences for 2012 in Christchurch and Wellington.


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Settlement Support Wellington invites you to a Local Settlement Network meeting to be held on Wednesday 4 April 2012 from 12.30 pm to 2:00 pm at the Mezzanine Room, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington.


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10th Asian Annual Forum

The Asian Network Incorporated (TANI) is holding the 10th Annual Asian Network Forum to be held on Wednesday 4 April at the Fickling Convention Centre in Auckland.


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Former refugees’ information day

Settlement Support Manukau would like to invite former refugees to an Open Information Day to meet with service providers in Manukau. 


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In the small village of Tohri – somewhere in India – powerful men exploit women – the wife, the neighbour and the local prostitute. To some it is destiny and caste, but not to Sanichari, the strong central character in an exciting new English language play from Prayas.


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The ChangeMakers’ women’s steering groups in Wellington, Porirua and Hutt Valley identified the need to obtain a licence as the No 1 priority for women to “feel connected and reach their potential.” 


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Mandarin Corner汉语角 meets Saturdays (excluding school holidays), 3.15-5.00 pm, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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 Last weekend (24-25 March) thousands of neighbours across the country gathered in homes, backyards, streets, parks, Marae, community centres, and local cafes, to connect with each other, some for the very first time.


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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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Race Relations Report launch

The Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations, Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2011, will be released in early March to promote discussion in advance of Race Relations Day, 21 March.  


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Humm FM kicked off the celebrations with Holi 2012 Festival of Colours on Saturday 25 February. From now till the beginning of April there will be many events around the country linked to Race Relations Day 2012.


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International Women’s day walk

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, Wellington Women will Walk for Peace (WWW4Peace) from the Beehive at 12.30 pm culminating at the Civic Square with a short ceremonial signing of the 1995 UN Statement of Peace.


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EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2012

The EEO Trust Work & Life Awards have been showcasing leading employers since their inception in 1998. The Awards have been influential in increasing awareness of the business benefits of supporting diversity and the benefits of helping employees meet their commitments at work and at home.


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Are you new to Wellington?

The Wellington Emergency Management Office (WEMO) is offering a free seminar on emergency preparedness on Thursday 29 March from 5.30–7pm at  Korimako (Committee Room Two), Wellington City Council offices Ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington.


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A new award recognising the artistic achievements of a disabled or sensory impaired artist is one of six award categories in the Big ‘A’ Awards 2012, presented every year by Arts Access Aotearoa at a ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Parliament. Nominations to this year’s Big ‘A’ Awards are now open.


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Pasifika at Auckland Libraries

Auckland Libraries offers you stories and legends of the Pacific, bi-lingual books, CDs and DVDs in various Pacific languages, plus language learning tools and travel guides.


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Caritas events in March

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to host the Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem Claudette Habesch for a visit to New Zealand from 24 February to 13 March 2012.


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre has been trained by the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) to deliver the one day Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) training programme to organisations in the Marlborough area and has successfully delivered two training sessions.


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Neighbours Day Aotearoa originated from the principles and experience of the Know Your Neighbours Project, an initiative that started through a Takapuna Methodist Church and Lifewise partnership.


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The Office of Ethnic Affairs is holding four EthnicA conferences in 2012.


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Deaf Awareness Course

Freedom Preston-Clark is urging all her friends and colleagues to take Deaf Aotearoa’s Think.Sign.Connect course.


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Mandarin Corner汉语角

Mandarin Corner meets Saturdays (excluding school holidays), 3.15-5.00 pm, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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Green Walk 2012

Rotorua Multicultural Council and Rotorua Newcomers Network will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday 17 March. 


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New Coasters activities in March

New Coasters will start their Social English Classes on Saturday 3 March from 9.30am.


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Canterbury Japan Day 2012

The Canterbury Japan Day 2012  will be held on Sunday, 11 March at Riccarton Park Event Centre and will follow the format of the popular Auckland Japan Day festival.


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Law for Lunch is back

The Wellington Community Law Centre is organising “Law for Lunch” in March starting Wednesday 7 March, 12-1pm, at the Wellington City Library.


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The first instalment in the Slanted series tackles the hot topic of employee discrimination; cultural stereotyping and career competencies.


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New Kiwi Women write their stories

Auckland Council’s Arts and Culture North Department, Albany Newcomers Network and Albany Co Incorporated, would like to invite women living in or around the Albany area who are new or established New Kiwis, to participate in a new workshop series.


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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 2012

Happy New Year! We’re making good progress in registering organisations and their diversity projects for 2012, and there’s an impressive array of activities planned that contribute to the four goals of the Diversity Action Programme: celebrating diversity, promoting racial equality, fostering harmonious relations and giving effect to the Treaty.


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Celebrate Waitangi Day 2012

Check out what some NZDAP participants are doing on Waitangi Day:


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Blaze into the New Year of the Dragon

Come and celebrate the New Year of the Dragon with festivals happening around New Zealand.


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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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The 9th Annual National Interfaith Forum, with the theme “Spiritual Identity in a Secular Society”, will be hosted by the Waikato Interfaith Council in Hamilton from 17- 19 February. 


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Interpreter Training courses starting soon

Interpreting New Zealand’s first introductory interpreting courses for the year start soon:  in Christchurch, on 18 February, and in Wellington on 5 March.   


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Capoeira Angola – Project Bantu

Refugee background youth are being offered a great opportunity to participate in Capoeira Angola a programme of Afro- American movement and music introduced to New Zealand by Wellington Refugees As Survivors (RAS) Trust.


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ChangeMakers first community forum

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum will be holding its first community forum of 2012 on Sunday 19 February.


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Tackling bullies: EEO Trust workshop

Places are filling fast for the EEO Trust’s 22 February workshop Equipping leaders to prevent harassment and bullying, to be held in Auckland.


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Life Stills: An Exhibition

A photo exhibition in Left Bank Arcade, Cuba Mall will offer rare insight into the lives of 12 people of Wellington at this year’s Fringe Festival.


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Decolonise Your Minds Hui

The People of Colour Decol Hui is a two day celebration of Decolonisation, Feminism and Anti-Racism, for POC feminists and activists, all mixed up with DIY workshops, skill share and talks.


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Holi – Festival of Colours

HUMM FM in association with Bhartiya Samaj will be hosting a celebration for the Holi festival on 25 February from 10am-10pm at the TelstraClear Pacific Centre – Outdoor in Auckland.


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Special Women’s Forum

EthNix Links in association with Zonta International and Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is organising a special women’s forum, “New Aucklanders Migrant Women of Auckland” on Saturday 25 February from 11.30am – 3pm at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall 956 Great North Road, Western Springs. (opposite Western Springs park and Motions Road).


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Evolving with the Times workshop

Project Lyttelton is hosting an interactive workshop that will consider the potential role of timebanking for Canterbury community organisations and their members as we look to move forward in the constantly changing operational and funding environment.


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Ethkick12

Ethkick12 will be held at Arena Manawatu Palmerston North on Saturday 18 February.


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International Mother Languages Day

On 17 November 1999, UNESCO declared 21 February to be International Mother Language Day and it was first observed on 21 February 2000.


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Law in a Nutshell

The Mangere Community Law Centre presents Law in n a Nutshell, an 8 week practical law course running every Wednesday 9.30 am – 12.30pm.
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Workshops for new migrants

Recently arrived in New Zealand and looking for work? You are invited to a FREE workshop to help you find a job the Kiwi way – run by careersnz.


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Waitakere Indian Association will be holding their annual 2012 Holi (Festival of Colours) Celebrations on Sunday 11 March from 1:00 to 6:00pm at The Trust Stadium Grounds in west Auckland.


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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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Drums of Africa 2011

The Canterbury Business Association will hold Drums of Africa 2011 on Saturday 10 December from 3-9pm at the Middleton Grange Primary School Hall, 50 Acacia Avenue.


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Registration of 2012 projects is underway

Forty organisations have already registered their 2012 diversity projects for 2012.  Have you?


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Te Papa and the Human Rights Commission invite you to a free screening of The Orator – O Le Tulafale to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.


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Anna Filippochkina, a resident of Christchurch’s earthquake devastated Red Zone, has been awarded the prestigious Pushkin Medal at a special ceremony in Russia.


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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and English Language Partners Volunteer Coordinator Zlata Sosa presented Award certificates to participants on 7 November. 


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The Adult Reading Assistance Scheme (ARAS) continues to give its services of free help to adults with Reading Spelling Computing Drivers Licence Theory etc from its temporary premises at 99 Mathers Rd, Hoon Hay Christchurch.


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Death and Diversity exhibition opening

Museums Wellington, in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Affairs, has developed an exhibition based on the experiences, rituals and practices of eight ethnic communities around death.


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Free Webinar Event: Dialog on Diversity

Join OMEGA in an online conversation on Tuesday 6 December 2011at 10:00am with Jane Allen, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte (Toronto), to discuss the importance of diversity and what organisations can do to successfully integrate skilled, internationally-trained workers and fuel economic growth.


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Refugees As Survivors Wellington is organising a fundraising concert for Refugee Family Reunification Trust on Sunday 11 December.


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International Migrant Day Celebration

Auckland Regional Migrant Centre (ARMS) Manukau would like to invite everyone to an end of year get together to celebrate International Migrants Day.


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The Marlborough Newcomers Network will be holding various events this month.


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CCR4U will commemorate Waitangi Day on Saturday 11 February at Orakei marae.


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You are invited to a meeting with Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres and Christchurch’s new Community Relations Advisors Reihana Haggie and  Margaret MacDonald this Friday, 4 November, in the boardroom of the Cashmere Club, 88 Hunter Terrace, Cashmere.


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As we plan for next year’s Diversity Action Programme, we would like to hear your feedback on how the programme works for you and how you think it can be improved.


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Register your projects for 2012

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 last year, or new initiatives.


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Diversity Dates 2012

Here are the dates for some of the major NZDAP supported diversity events for 2012:


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Support White Ribbon Day

This year’s White Ribbon Day is on Friday 25 November. The day focuses on violence towards women and is part of a global campaign.


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NZ Diversity Projects in November

Check out the following events happening this month hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participants around the country.


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As we plan for next year’s Diversity Action Programme, we would like to hear your feedback on how the programme works for you and how you think it can be improved.


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Register your projects for 2012

If you already know what you main diversity action projects are going to be in 2012, we’d love to receive the details from you as we are starting the process of registering projects for next year.


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Celebrate Diwali

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


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The Office of Ethnic Affairs advises of a new award to recognise intercultural innovation which is being launched by the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilisations, in partnership with BMW.


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September 14 was Māori Language Day and to mark the event Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is calling for people to take up their pen and write what they believe are the foremost issues affecting the language.


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A  multifaith prayer service will be held in all New Zealand Catholic Dioceses to mark the 25th anniversary of the Assisi Day of Prayer for World Peace in 1986.


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Bright Future Starts from Here

The Mental Health Foundation, Counties Manukau DHB, the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Yan Oi Sei and NZ Chinese International Sport Exchange Association are proud to announce “Bright Future Starts from Here”.


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Spend a Swiss evening in Tauranga

The Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council Inc is having a Swiss Evening on Wednesday 5 October from 7-9 pm at the Historic Village at 17th Ave, Village Hall, Tauranga.


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The Mangere Community Law Centre is having a legal education session on Reviewing Benefit Decisions on Tuesday 18 October from 2 – 4pm at the Mangere Community Law Centre: Unit 9, Shop 27 Mangere Town Centre.


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The Wellington Community Law Centre has produced “A guide to refugee family reunification in New Zealand: Assisting refugee families through the immigration process.”


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Kultural Kaleidoscope

The Performing Arts Collective is presenting a feast of talent via cultural music and dance on 8 October at 7pm at the auditorium of New Plymouth’s City West Church.


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Healthy Christchurch’s collaborative hui with the Mental Health Foundation, Council of Social Services & Community & Public Health is happening on Thursday 6 October from 10-1pm at the Hagley Netball Centre. Presentations include:


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Sign singers performing national anthem

New Zealand’s Deaf community has an additional reason to be excited about the Rugby World Cup 2011. Not only can they cheer on their favourite team but they can also watch the national anthem being performed in New Zealand Sign Language.


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Mandarin Corner is held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation.


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Law for Lunch is back

Law for Lunch is back in October with an range of free lunchtime seminars in Wellington starting on Wednesday, 5 October 12-1pm.


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Peace Conference to be held in November

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at NZ is sponsoring a Peace Conference on Saturday 5 November 2011 at the Panmure Community Centre Hall, 7-13 Pilkington Road, Panmure.


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Maori Art Market at Pataka Museum

Maori Art Market is an iconic biennial event produced by Toi Maori Aotearoa.


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Amnesty International and the Pacific Media Centre will hold  a panel discussion exploring the necessary next steps to address sexual and gender-based violence in the Pacific on Monday, 5 September 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the AUT Conference Centre AUT University City Campus 55 Wellesley Street Auckland.


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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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New Zealand Diversity Forum a success

In excess of a thousand people took part in the various events that made up the Diversity Forum in Hamilton last month, starting with the very special welcomes by the Kingitanga at Turangawaewae Marae on Friday and Saturday, then the national youth forum starting on Saturday, the plenary and the workshops on Sunday and Monday and the New Zealand Diversity Awards on Monday night.


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Tongan Language Week

The inaugural Tongan Language Week will be held from 4 – 10 September. The week is promoted by the Aotearoa Tongan Teachers Association in partnership with the Human Rights Commission, other organizations and members of the Tongan community.


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Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building. The fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events.


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Philippines Ati-atihan Festival

The Filipino Artists in New Zealand, Inc (FILIARTIZTS) will showcase the Ati-Atihan Festival — the Mother of all Philippine Festivals.This performance of lively and colourful dancing to the beat of drums will show the story of the “Ati-atihan” which dates back to the 13th century.


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Celebrate Onam 2011

Wellington Malayalee Association (WMA) presents Onam 2011 on Saturday, 10 September, 5.30 pm at the Indian Cultural Centre 48 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington.


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Movie Fundraiser in Wellington

English Language Partners invite you to a preview of the movie Jane Eyre on Wednesday 7 September 8pm at The Penthouse Cinema Brooklyn, Wellington.


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English Language Partners Wellington is coordinating a 25 hour free programme for permanent residents in employment who would like help with workplace English (speaking and listening, literacy).


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Interfaith planting day

The Wellington Interfaith Council is holding an Interfaith Planting Day on Saturday, 3 September 2011 2 – 4 pm at Tawatawa Reserve, Murchison St, Island Bay (Old Wellington landfill site).


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Sitar concert at Massey University

Wellington Mutamizh Sangam in association with Bharat Samaj & GOPIO Wellington and supported by the Multicultural Council of Wellington & member organisations presents a Sitar concert  by International Artists Samuel J. Das & Prakash on Saturday 17 September 6.30pm at the Concert Hall- Massey University Mt.Cook Wellington.


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Bharatanatyam Dance Production

The Natraj School of Dance in association with Wellington Muthamizh Sangam present “Hari Hara Bhava” on 24-25 of September 6.00PM at the Little Theatre, Lower Hutt


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Let’s Get Talking on Humm FM

Humm FM is pleased to announce their newest programme “Lets Get Talking”.


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Treasuring Diversity concert

The Multicultural Council of Wellington presents “Treasuring Diversity” a multicultural concert celebrating the precious arts of people.


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner is held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm  every Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation.


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The Wellington Community Law Centre invites community workers and community members with an interest in Employment Law to attend “Employment Law Training for Community Workers”.


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Thirty five different organisations are coming together in Hamilton on 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre to bring you a huge range of forums, speakers and activities to advance cultural diversity and harmonious race relations in New Zealand.


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The Viva Eclectika 2011 Intercultural Dance and Music Challenge will be held on 27 August 2011, 7.00pm at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, Howe St, Auckland.


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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori calls for entries to the Māori Language Awards. 


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The 10th Ethnic Football Festival will be held at Gower Park, Melville, Hamilton on 1-2 October 2011.


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Marlborough Migrant Centre has been trained by the Office of Ethnic Affairs to deliver the one day Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) training programme to organisations in the Marlborough area.


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EEO Trust Work & Life Awards

The EEO Trust Work & Life Awards have been showcasing leading employers since their inception in 1997.


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner is held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade.


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The NZ Filifest Group will hold a Filipino Cultural Concert on Saturday 10 September at the Little Theatre Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.


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Neighbours in our Community

Settlement Support Rotorua presents “Neighbours in our Community” on Friday 26 August 12 at 10-12.50pm at the Rotorua Arts Village (RAVE) 1240 Hinemaru St.


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Celebrate Hong Kong Festival 2011

The Hong Kong Festival officially opens on 4 August at the Art Gallery, with the Brian Brake Photo Exhibition as the backdrop.


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The Wellington Interfaith Council is holding an Interfaith Planting Day on Saturday, 3 September 2011 2 – 4 pm at Tawatawa Reserve, Murchison St, Island Bay (Old Wellington landfill site).


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Come to a potluck dinner

Aoraki Multicultural Council will host a potluck dinner at 7pm on Friday 5 August at St Johns Church Hall 125 Wai-iti Road (opposite fish & chip shop, on the right side before you come to the New World supermarket)


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Come and celebrate “Chervona Kalina” with the Ukrainian community on 20 August 11am-4pm at the St Johns Conference Centre in Wellington.


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The Manawatu Multicultural Centre will host a forum on “Women’s Wellbeing” on Saturday 20 August from 9am-4pm at St Albans 339 Albert Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North.


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Join Yogathon 2011

Yogathon New Zealand, a division of the Hindu Council of New Zealand is launching a nationwide “Health for Humanity”.


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Movie Fundraiser in Wellington

English Language Partners invite you to a preview of the movie Jane Eyre on Wednesday 7 September 8pm at The Penthouse Cinema Brooklyn, Wellington.


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Join the 2011 Onam Celebration

Wellington Malayalee Association will celebrate  ONAM 2011on Saturday, 10 September from 5:30 pm at the Indian Cultural Centre Hall, 48 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington.


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The Counties Manukau Multicultural Council will hold “Integrating Ethnic Cultures” on Sunday 4 September from 10.00 am at Mangere Centre Park Sports Stadium,101-141 Robertson Road,Mangere, Auckland.


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Are you interested and available for one hour per week over a six month period to home tutor a new migrant or refugee? 


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The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) advises that the dates for the upcoming National Interfaith Forum have shifted slightly from the Sunday-Monday format to Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend.  


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Helping New Zealanders of Pacific descent speak in their mother tongue is not just a feel-good initiative, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs says.


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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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As NZ delivery partner for Cities of Migration, OMEGA invites you to participate in the next Cities of Migration learning exchange, and share this learning opportunity with your network, members and colleagues.


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The programme for this year’s New Zealand Diversity Forum is firming up and there are some exciting new features as a result of the forum being held in Hamilton.


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Māori Language Week 2011

Next week is Māori Language Week. It is a joint project of NZDAP participants Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission), Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Māori Development) and Te Kahui Tika Tangata (Human Rights Commission).


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Matariki 2011

Manurewa Marae will be hosting a community Matariki event on Saturday 09 July. Matariki signals growth. It is a time of change. It is a time to prepare and a time of action. During Matariki, we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give.


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The Overseas Experiment proudly presents the “Wellington World Music Collection”, a compilation of locally produced music in traditional and contemporary world music styles.  This album features songs from Wellington-based musicians from a variety of ethnic and musical traditions.   


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The Ethnic NZ Trust has just published the fifth edition of “New to New Zealand”. As an increasing number of ethnic communities make New Zealand their home, there is growing interest in learning to understand and appreciate each other.


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Settlement Support New Plymouth will hold an interactive skills development workshop on 7 July 10am- 2pm at the Kaitake Room, 4th floor Work and Income, Duncan Dovico Building Gill Street, New Plymouth.


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Mandarin Corner winter sessions

Mandarin Corner (Wellington), established in 1995, is a weekly event where students learning Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese for conversation and cultural activities in a friendly, relaxed setting.


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Following on from the success of the “Kimchi & Marmite” conferences in 2008 and 2009, the Kowiana Association of NZ (representing young Korean Kiwis) presents its third conference “Enquiring Kowis – Where are you from?” on Saturday 23 July 2011 from 9am – 4pm  at the University of Auckland Business School.


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A programme to assist newly arrived refugees learn about New Zealand and settle successfully in their new country has been started in Lower Hutt with the Burmese community.


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Congratulations to Pacific Media Centre director Associate Professor David Robie who was awarded an AUT Vice-Chancellor’s award for excellence on 20 June.


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Celebrate Bastille Day in Rotorua

Rotorua Multicultural Council Inc., Rotorua Newcomers Network and Le Cafe de Paris present Bastille Day on Thursday 14 July at Cafe de Paris (1206 Hinemoa St. Rotorua) from 11am-2pm, a French-culture and French language awareness day with a themed Networking Lunch from 12pm-1pm.


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The Aoraki Multicultural Council will have a potluck dinner on Friday 1 July   at St John’s Church hall, 125 Wai-iti Road.  Guests are requested to arrive at 6.45 for a 7 pm start.


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The Auckland Multicultural Society will hold  their Annual Multicultural Expo 2011 on Sunday 17 July 2011 from 12.00 – 4.00pm at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall 489 Dominion Road Mt Eden from.


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Invite to Grand Social Evening

The Waitakere Indian Association invites everyone to a Grand Social Evening on Saturday 30 July 2011, 7:30 to 11:45 pm at the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland Transport in Auckland.


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Fiesta Pilipinas will hold “Halo Halo NZ- The Filipino Festival” on Saturday 9 July 10am-4pm, 2011at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland.


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On Friday 29 July from 10am – 12pm the Mangere Community Law Centre will hold a session on consumer law.


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A partnership between English Language Partners Christchurch (ELPC), Christchurch Resettlement Services (CRS) and CCS Disability Action offers classes to deaf pre-literate refugees.


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Hagley Community College is offering Free One Day Training Workshops to NGO’s, charities, and public sector and government agencies in Christchurch and beyond.


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A Taste of Dunedin

Ever wondered what it would be like if you can taste the food from 15 different countries in just a single stop? Then wonder no more! The OUSA International Cultural Council brings you 15 different cuisines from Asia, Fiji and African right to your backyard.


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Living in Harmony in Greerton

Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council Inc presents “Living in Harmony in Greerton” on Wednesday, 20 July from 7pm at the Greerton Village School Hall.


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Museums and exhibitions

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Welcome

June is a busy and exciting month with a number of Diversity Events happening around the country kicking off with Samoan Language Week 1-7 June, Matariki on 4 June and World Refugee Day on 20 June.


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Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week is happening this week from 1 – 7 June, starting with Samoan Independence Day. The 2011 theme is Samoa Ola – Samoa Active, focusing on language, sport and healthy living and linking to the visit of Manu Samoa to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup.


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Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters and what is referred to as the traditional Māori New Year. Matariki can be seen rising just before dawn in the last few days of May or the beginning of June every year. Matariki celebrations usually begin on the day of the first new moon following its rising. This year, Matariki falls on 4 June.


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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is on 20 June and will be focusing on the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. Tens of thousands of people around the world take time to recognize and applaud the contribution of forcibly displaced people throughout the world.


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Māori Language Week

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) have chosen “Manaakitanga” as the theme for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week this year.


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Cantor Shmuel Barzilai in Wellington

The Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Centre present the Chief Cantor of the Vienna Community, Cantor Shmuel Barzilai in a night of singing a variety of Jewish music at the Beth El Synagogue 80 Webb St in Wellington on Sunday 19 June at 3pm.


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New Immigration Act workshop

The Wellington Community Law Centre will hold a FREE workshop and is open to interpreters, settlement service providers, cross-cultural workers, community workers, consular officers and community leaders.


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Preparations for the 10th New Zealand Ethnic Football Festival Hamilton are starting. The Festival is taking place on 1-2 October 2011, Gower Park, Melville, Hamilton. 


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The 9th Annual National Interfaith Forums, which includes both the annual Youth and Women’s Interfaith forums, will be held in Hamilton at the University of Waikato on Sunday 19th & Monday 20 February 2012.  The 2012 Forums will be hosted by the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO).  A more formal invitation, along with registration information, will be sent out later in the year.  


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation.


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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 Diversity Action Programme encourages organisations to undertake activities for their own communities, clients, members and staff or for a number of key diversity dates throughout the year. Coming up shortly is a number of our annual diversity dates as follows:


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Register your projects for 2011

We’re still updating registrations for those organisations who have participated in the NZ Diversity Action Programme in previous years but have not yet registered their projects for 2011.


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New Zealand Sign Language Week is a chance for the Deaf community to stand proud as Deaf, and promote their language and culture.  It is also a chance to break down barriers, fears and misconceptions. It is organised by Deaf Aotearoa, a participant in the NZ Diversity Action Programme.


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Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week will take place from Wednesday 1 June to Tuesday 7 June, starting with Samoan Independence Day. Key events are planned for the weekend of 4-5 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend). It is organised by NZ Diversity Action Programme participants FAGASA (Samoan Teachers Association of NZ), the NZ National Commission for UNESCO and the Human Rights Commission and supported by many others.


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The New Zealand Hindu Students Forum and Hindu Youth New Zealand invite you to their 2nd National conference 7-8 May 2011 at the University of Auckland, Business School , Auckland. The theme is “Dynamic Spirit of Youth”.


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EEO Trust Work & Life Awards

The EEO Trust Work & Life Awards have been showcasing leading employers since their inception in 1998. They have been influential in increasing awareness of the business benefits of supporting diversity and helping employees meet their commitments outside work as well as at work.


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Join a Lunchtime Forum

Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand is holding a Wellington Regional Intersectoral Lunchtime Forum on Tuesday 3 May, 12.30pm – 1.45 pm at the Multicultural Services Centre (Level 1), 39 Webb St.


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A major ethnic affairs conference in Wellington will discuss ways in which ethnic people can improve their chance of being heard by decision makers and increase their sustainability in to the future.


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Settlement Support Wellington invites newcomers to join in a special event He Kāinga Hou – A New Home on Saturday 14 May, 10am–2pm at Pipitea Marae 55 Thorndon Quay, Wellington.


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The Wellington Community Law Centre (WCLC) is looking for people to build improved community legal services for Māori in the Wellington region. The appointees will deliver a regional service which will embody Māori tikanga values and solutions and operate in accordance with WCLC’s kaupapa.


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The Mayor and Councillors in Wellington City hold regular meetings with ethnic communities to talk about relevant issues, including employment, and work on recommendations to improve the lives of Wellington residents.


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Waitakere India Association AGM

Waitakere Indian Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 7 May at 70 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland starting at 3pm.


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Mandarin Corner held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation.


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Museums and exhibitions

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Thank you to all the NZ Diversity Action Programme participants who organised events for Race Relations Day. There were a few cancellations because of the weather last weekend, but most festivals, sports tournaments and other activities went ahead as planned and many thousands of people participated. Some highlights:


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The annual New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held in Hamilton this year from Saturday 20- Monday 22 August. The Human Rights Commission is working with a local partner, the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust, to organise the forum. Other confirmed national partners include the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry o f Social Development’s Settling In programme.


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Giveaway

The Human Rights Commission has published a set of Race Relations Day postcards on the theme People in Harmony.


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Songs of praise from Nelson’s Christian ethnic communities and Pacific Island fruit harvesters. Presented by The Nelson Multicultural Council and Nelson Cathedral. This is the fourth year for Rainbow Praise, which is more a worship service than a concert.


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Catch Indigo on Show

Due to the wet weather last 27 March, the Indigo on Show has been cancelled but is now happening on Saturday 9 April at the Meteor Theatre Victoria Street in Hamilton.


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Bring all the family to sample the exciting sounds and spicy aromas of the third Southeast Asian Night Market which will spread out along the Wellington waterfront at Frank Kitts promenade and Shed 6 on Saturday 16 April 2011 from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. In the event of bad weather, the market will be held on Sunday 17 April from 4pm to 10pm. 


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Two major events examining critical issues about New Zealand’s growing ethnic diversity will be held in April and May. These forums in Auckland and Wellington will provide stimulating, relevant and provocative views about ethnic diversity in New Zealand.


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As part of Race Relations Day, the Race Unity Conference and speech finals will be held at the Manukau Bahá’í Community Centre on 2 April.  The keynote address will be given by Aperahama Hurihanganui, winner of the 2010 Race Unity Speech Award and Rasha Rushdy, a young Egyptian/New Zealand lawyer, representing the New Zealand Bahá’í Community.  


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The Counties Manukau Multicultural Council, in association with the Counties Manukau Police will host a Crime Awareness & Safety seminar on Wednesday 27 April 2011 at the Te Tuhi Centre for Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.


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The Victoria University Wellington (VUW) Drop In Centre for Refugee-Background Students is up and running again but it needs a better name. If you suggest the best name you win a $20 book voucher from VicBooks.


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The Wellington Israeli Dance Group in support of the Wellington Jewish Community will hold a Multicultural Concert on Sunday 3 April, 7.00pm at the Myers Hall Webb Street in Wellington.


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The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) will host an intercultural event on Friday, 8 April at 532 Mt. Albert Road Three Kings in Auckland.


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Settlement Support Wellington invites you to a FREE workshop Job Skills run by Career Services.


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All trainings scheduled to take place in Christchurch are now on hold until further notice. This includes the Introductory Course scheduled to start on 19 March, and the Ethics Workshop scheduled for 20 March and 10 April.


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Mayor Celia Wade- Brown and Wellington City Council Chief Executive Garry Poole invite you to the May 2011 Ethnic Forum to be held on Monday 9 May 2011 5. 00 -7.30pm at the Ball Room Amora Hotel (formerly Duxton Hotel) 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington.


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The Minister of Culture and Heritage, Chris Finlayson will be launching Dr Marco Sonzogni’s book, This Way on Tuesday 12 April, 6.30 pm at the Wellington Holocaust Centre. Dr. Sonzogni is a lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington. 


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Deaf Books in Secondary Schools

An innovative plan for enhancing New Zealand’s school libraries was launched in the week of 21-25 March, with the distribution of two significant books on Deaf culture and New Zealand Sign Language.


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MANDARIN CORNER 汉语角 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation. Open to all ages, all levels. One to one or small groups. Three sessions in April 2011 (2, 9 and 16 April).  


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Universities have been challenged to “change their ways” if Pasifika and other minority cultures are going to achieve their potential, says New Zealand’s first professor of Pacific studies.


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IT 4 Christchurch

To support the Christchurch City rebuild, donations of computers, printers, mobile phones and networking equipment are available to non-profit organisations affected by the emergency.


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Museums and exhibitions

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The Human Rights Commission invites you to attend a forum, with a presentation from Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, on its annual review of race relations:

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Human Rights Commission
Level 1, Vector Building
44 The Terrace, Wellingon
12.30pm to 2.00pm

 The Commission’s annual review of race relations records major events, issues and developments of the past year. To maintain and enhance positive race relations in the year ahead, the report identifies 10 top priorities for action. Published in March each year, it informs debate on race relations in the lead-up to Race Relations Day − Te Rä Whanaungatanga, which is observed internationally on 21 March.

Invitation/Panui Race Relations in 2010- Wellington launch

Christchurch Earthquake

Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the Christchurch earthquake, both in Christchurch and elsewhere. We have had messages from many NZDAP participants in Christchurch, and we are so glad to have news of you.


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As you will know from the invitation sent separately, the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations, Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2010, will be launched by the Mayor of Auckland and the Race Relations Commissioner on Friday 11 March.


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From now till the end of March there will be many events around the country linked to Race Relations Day 2011, which is officially on Monday 21 March.


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If you have not yet done so, please 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 last year, or new initiatives.


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Over the last two years, more than 400 people involved in the Māori, Somali and artistic communities of South Wellington have worked together to find common threads and ways of examining some of the challenges they face. Eko-Arts Diversity Theatre presents Crossing Lines – a professional theatre show backed by an exhibition – which has emerged from the process involved in bringing these communities together.


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The Waitakere Indian Association Holi Festival of Colors for this year will be held on Sunday 27 March 2011 at the Trust Stadium grounds in Henderson, Auckland. The programme will commence at 12 noon and will end by 7.30pm.


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Arts Access Aotearoa is seeking nominations to its Big ‘A’ Awards 2011, the only national awards in New Zealand celebrating the often unsung work being done in communities throughout New Zealand to provide artistic opportunities for people with limited access.


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Events at Wellington City Libraries

Book launch of Beyond the Dark Journey
Wellington Refugees as Survivors and Wellington City Libraries are proud to host the book launch of Beyond the Dark Journey – short stories and poems by young refugees in New Zealand. Meet the authors on Wednesday 16 March from 6-7pm at the Wellington Central Library. Order forms to purchase the books will be available.


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Public Transport Orientation Tour postponed
The Public Transport Orientation Tour on Saturday, 5 March for newcomers in Wellington is postponed due to the Christchurch earthquake until further notice. Many staff members across the Council are involved in relief efforts and are putting in long hours to assist in a number of ways.


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Law for lunch this Wednesday

The Wellington Community Law Centre will host “Stand-downs, Suspensions, Exclusions: Just how far can schools really go?” on Wednesday, 2 March at the Wellington City Library.


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The Auckland Young Leaders Network cluster (AYL) in conjunction with Future Dragonz invites you to a special screening of My Wedding and Other Secrets at Rialto Cinema, Newmarket at on Wednesday 24 March at 6:30 pm.


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I Am Deaf – Let’s Talk

New Zealand Sign Language Week   will be held on 2- 8 May 2011.   Deaf Aotearoa celebrates its fifth annual NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages and a chance to raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and the issues/challenges its members face each day.


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Museums and exhibitions

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Race Relations in 2010 launch

His Worship the Mayor Len Brown – Auckland Council, with Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres – NZ Human Rights Commission invite you to attend the launch of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations on Friday, 11 March 2011 at the Auckland Town Hall.

The Commission’s annual review of race relations records major events, issues and developments of the past year. To maintain and enhance positive race relations in the year ahead, the report will identify key issues. Published in March each year it informs debate on race relations in the lead-up to Race Relations Day − Te Rä Whanaungatanga, which is observed internationally on 21 March.

Invitation/Panui Launch of Race Relations Report

Happy New Year! 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 last year, or new initiatives.


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Celebrate Waitangi Day 2011

There are heaps of events happening on Waitangi Day all over the country:

Festival of the Elements in Porirua
Porirua City Council will hold its Festival of Elements 2011on Waitangi Day. The event will be held at Te Rauparaha Park and Te Rauparaha Arena. The festival will also utilise the Aquatic Centre and Pataka. The day starts with an opening ceremony at 12 noon, with a wide range of arts and entertainment programmes continuing through until 7.30 pm. The Festival uses the arts to celebrate the cultural diversity of Porirua, made possible by the Treaty of Waitangi.


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Hop into the New Year of the Rabbit

Come and celebrate the New Year of the Rabbit with festivals happening around New Zealand:

Chinese Lantern Festival
Amidst hundreds of beautiful lanterns at the seventh annual Chinese Lantern Festival. Marking the end of the two week Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, the Chinese Lantern Festival is organised by Asia New Zealand Foundation.


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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 and celebrations to acknowledge the value of cultural diversity and the need to support harmonious race relations. The theme for Race Relations Day 2011 is ‘People in Harmony’.


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On 17 November 1999, UNESCO stated publicly 21 February to be International Mother Language Day and it was first observed on 21 February 2000. Every year the revels around International Mother Language Day focus on an exacting subject.  See what is in store this year to celebrate this event:


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The Taku Manawa Human Rights Facilitation Programme has been developed by the Human Rights Commission Te Kaahui Tika Tangata in partnership with Waikato Institute of Technology. Seventeen participants who work with ethnic and religious communities in the Hamilton region will take part in the programme. On successful completion, the course participants will offer human rights and race relations education to groups in their own communities, particularly to those that are most at risk of discrimination.


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The Aoraki Multicultural Council is holding a potluck dinner to meet and greet newcomers in Timaru. This will be followed by representatives from The New Zealand Fire Service coming to discuss the way they can help support new immigrants, ethnic individuals and groups with the Timaru/South Canterbury District.


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The Canterbury Scottish Cultural Festival is on! The festival programme will include Scottish highland and country dancing, solo piping, drumming and pipe band competitions, a haggis ceremony, musical group items, and possibly a tartan exhibition. People are invited to come in Victorian and Edwardian attire to carry on the theme of the early colonial settlers and, of course, the kilt should be prominent. 


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The Global Football Festival is a celebration of Christchurch’s diverse cultural communities’ through the common language of football. The format for 2011 will be a 20 team competitive section for those in it to win and a 6 a side social section for those in it for fun.


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 The Wellington Community Law Centre will also be reporting back on  achievements small and large since the 2010 Community Planning Day. The key theme for this year is “Community Legal Education”.


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Mandarin Corner will resume on Saturday 12 February 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Open to all ages for a Gold coin donation.


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The Wellington Interfaith Council will be sponsoring the 8th National Interfaith Forum in Wellington between 26 and 28 February 2011. Once again t there will be a separate youth and a women’s component.


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The Rotary Club of Lincoln is organising the 7th Lincoln Multicultural Festival to showcase art, songs, dances, craftwork and food of local diverse nationalities. Come and enjoy the food, art and craft displays, and a concert of music and dance performances from different countries. Admission is free.


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Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) and SHAKTI will celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day on 8 March. Priyanca Radhakrishnan Shakti Community Council Inc, Wellington (Policy & Organisational Development Coordinator) has been invited to be the Keynote speaker.


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Museums and exhibitions

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Te Papa

 Saturday 5 February
11am – 12 noon. The Italian Embassy and Te Papa are delighted to present talented Italian performers Michele Benuzzi and Elena Bertuzzi. They will perform 17th-century Italian music by Barbara Strozzi and Benedetto Ferrari. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

 
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The Pan Pacific Southeast Asian Women’s Association will hold their Annual General Meeting on 27 November.


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre invites representatives from community organisations and members of the public to attend their Annual General Meeting on 30 November.


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Speak Out Nelson Tasman to be launched

New Zealand’s first regional reporting system for racist incidents Speak Out Nelson Tasman will officially be launched by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres in Nelson on 29 November.


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See Asia through the eyes of youth

AsiaNew Zealand Young Leaders group is running a photo exhibition called “Once Upon a Time in Asia.”  The exhibit is a collection of photos documenting the travels and experiences of Young Leaders in the Asia region. 


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On 1 November Diversityworks Trust launched its second call for expressions of interest from artists for an exhibition in association with Artstation in Auckland, centred on the theme “How Diversity Works.”


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Youth Volunteer Awards to be presented

Volunteering Canterbury in association with Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu will present Youth Volunteer Awards to ten outstanding individuals and groups. 


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An exhibition showcasing the spirit of India has brought the Wellington Indian Community together.  Mystique-Beyond Comprehension, an exhibition organised by the Wellington Hindi School marked the start of Diwali festivities.