March, 2012
ISSN 1178-0967
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News & Issues

UN study on languages and culture

Language and culture are indivisible, as language contains, and allows for the expression of culture. This is the Human Rights Commission’s view as set out in a submission for a study on the role of languages and culture.

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Government priorities and languages

Government agency briefings to incoming Ministers are now online. The briefings set out agencies’ top priorities and the issues they consider most important to bring to Ministers’ attention.

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Race Relations Day 2012

Race Relations Day marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is marked internationally on 21 March, which falls on a Wednesday this year. The 2012 theme is “A Fair Go for All”.

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Kōhanga Reo celebrates 30 years

The Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and Kōhanga Reo around the country, will mark their 30th anniversary this year.

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A new website for multicultural Australia

The Australian Government has launched a web portal for information in community languages. The portal is a good example of what can be done to provide information to diverse communities. 

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Zdravei! Language Line adds Bulgarian

Bulgarian is the newly listed language at Language Line. This brings to the number of languages available to 43.

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The growing need for interpreters in general practice

Following research into the use of interpreters, Dr Ben Gray, Jo Hilder and Dr Maria Stubbe from the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice in Wellington have developed New Zealand’s first toolkit for primary health care professionals in this area of rapidly growing need.

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Seeflow services for the Deaf community

Seeflow is a new online initiative specialising in NZSL services for the Deaf community. Services include professional translation of documents from English to NZSL, and of NZSL messages to English via an innovative online video recording system.

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Sukhmani Charitable Trust

The Sukhmani Charitable Trust offers a Punjabi language programme for children. It has now moved to a Gurdwara in New Lynn, where it will offer expanded services for newcomers to New Zealand.

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Somali language for kids

NKOD Somali Youth Development Inc was formed in June 2010. One of the aims is to fill the needs of the young Somali in different aspects of their life. In August 2010, the “Somali Language for Kids programme” for children aged 4 to 8 was started.

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Launch of the Pacific Languages Community College

Porirua College has launched the Pacific Languages Community College, to deliver an ‘after three’ programme of Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori te reo Māori and Tokelau language tuition to adult learners.

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Give way rule change: resources

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has welcomed multi-lingual resources by the NZ Transport Agency. The resources will help linguistically diverse communities understand changes to give way rules.

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Mātauranga Māori live on TKI

The Mātauranga Māori website has recently been launched on the Ministry of Education’s website Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI). This site was previously known as Māori Education.

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English language for new migrants

Aoraki Polytechnic is now an approved provider of the English for Migrants fund. 

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Future Events

Pacific Language Forum

Reverend Uesifili Unasa, Forum Chair, invites you to attend the Pacific Languages Forum on Tuesday 27 March 2012, 9am- 4pm at Fickling Convention Centre 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings.

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CLESOL 2012 call for submissions

The CLESOL 2012 committee invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, workshops, colloquia, five-minute brilliant ideas and posters.

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FAGASA fono

The National Samoan Advisory Council and FAGASA’s national fono will be hosted in Dunedin this year, from 4pm, Monday 10 to Thursday 12 April. 10-13 April.  

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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner meets 3.15pm – 5.00pm on Saturdays during school term at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.

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For more information about the 'Te Waka Reo: National Language Policy Network', please contact Debbie Broughton at debbieb@hrc.co.nz, or 04 471-6746.

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.