Office of Ethnic Affairs

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is part of the Department of Internal Affairs. We are the pre-eminent source of information, support and advice on ethnic diversity in New Zealand. Our central aim is to ensure ethnic communities are equal, confident, and proud participants in shaping New Zealand today and into the future. Our three key priorities are:

  • Maximising ethnic people’s international connections and cultural skills to benefit ethnic and mainstream business people and the New Zealand economy
  • Increasing government responsiveness for ethnic communities, so people are empowered to access government resources and services
  • Maintaining New Zealand’s reputation as a successful model of social harmony.

What we do

The Office of Ethnic Affairs provides ethnic diversity advice and support in a range of ways:

  • Increasing access to economic development opportunities and employment for ethnic communities
  • Offering expert advice on the benefits and challenges of ethnic diversity and how to manage diversity effectively
  • Building and maintaining strong connections between ethnic and mainstream communities, government agencies, non-government organisations, iwi and the private sector
  • Helping build capability across the ethnic sector and encouraging people to actively participate in all aspects of New Zealand life
  • Raising intercultural awareness, competences, and skills.

How we work

We take a partnership approach with our stakeholders to achieve outcomes. We always keep up-to-date with the latest issues relating to ethnic diversity in New Zealand and overseas.

Cultural change is constant, and will continue to gather momentum over the coming years. Education about ethnic diversity and strong connections across ethnically diverse communities are ultimately the foundation for the long-term success of any nation.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is committed to helping set a solid foundation and then building on this, to benefit New Zealand now and into the future.

Projects 2011
Forums/ Events

2 April 2011 (TBC) Ethnic Affairs Days (Auckland)

7 May 2011 (TBC) Ethnic Affairs Days (Wellington)

28 May 2011 (TBC) Ethnic Affairs Days (Christchurch)

TBC Muslim Stakeholder Forum (Auckland)

TBC Migrant Employment Information Share (Hamilton)

For further information please refer to our website.

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