New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Council (NZFMC) Youth Council

 “Ethnicity is cool” – this is the motto that the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Council (NZFMC) Youth Council follows. NZFMC’s Youth Council was established in February 2007. It is a non-government body. The Youth Council’s primary role is to advocate, lobby, support and share information among the ethnic youth in New Zealand – it is a fun and activities based Council!

The Youth Council is a vibrant group and has members who are inspirational, young and dynamic and take ethnic and diversity issues seriously. The youth in this group range in their ethnicity and age. Age is no barrier to entering this youth group and all new members are welcome.

We are looking for more members to join the Youth Council, especially from the various regions around New Zealand. If you are interested – please contact Arish Naresh at

Projects 2011
National Forum

A successful national youth forum was held in Wellington from 11-13 February, with support from the Ministry of Social Development.  It was attended by 31 youths from 17 regional councils and focused on building and enhancing leadership skills. Delegates participated in strategy based outdoor activities which tested their attitude, aptitude and temperaments.

Resource kit for new migrant youth

The Youth Council is working on the production of a resource kit for new  migrant youth.  Topics will include an introduction to Kiwiana, how to join a sports team, how to open a bank account etc, dealing with discrimination and social pressure. After doing a survey of finding out what new migrants needs are, it was evident that these are the types of issues that a new youth might face. The resource kit is seen to be a “one-stop shop” that will contain up-to-date information that will be relevant to any youth. The resource kit will be distributed and available at the airports, Immigration New Zealand, citizens advice bureau and schools etc.

Facebook page

The Youth Council has a Facebook page. Check it out and become a fan to receive current information.

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