New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils Inc

The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils Inc. was established in July 1989 as an incorporated, non-government body, which acts as an umbrella organization for the ethnic communities of New Zealand. The Federation’s primary role is to advocate, lobby, support and share information among the Regional Multicultural Councils and New Zealand’s Ethnic Communities. The challenge for NZFMC is to provide an opportunity for people from all segments of New Zealand’s diverse society to address the challenges facing our multicultural communities in the 21st Century.

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Projects 2012
Multicultural Festivals

NZFMC will partner with the Human Rights Commission to organise National Multicultural Festivals.  Affiliate councils of the Federation will organise a nationally coordinated programme of multicultural festivals to coincide with Race Relations Day on Wednesday 21 March. Festivals will take place on Saturdays either side of this date and throughout March. The theme for Race Relations Day 2012 is “A Fair Go for All: Rite Tahi Tatou Katoa”.

White Ribbon Day

The Federation will encourage multicultural councils to participate in White Ribbon Day in November, offering men from ethnic communities the opportunity to be part of the solution to end violence against women. The Federation also intends to organise a national event in Wellington in support of the day, in association with multicultural councils in the Wellington region.

National Meetings

The Federation will hold three national meetings of constituent councils in different centres in February, June and October. The conduct of Federation business will be augmented by guest speakers and workshops on issues relating to diversity in NZ.

National Forums (3)

The Federation will organise a national youth forum in February on Auckland’s North Shore, a forum as part of the New Zealand Diversity Forum in Auckland on 19-20 August  on a topical issue relating to ethnic communities in New Zealand, and a national forum on family wellbeing and domestic violence at a time to be determined.

Multiculturalism Project

The Federation will initiate a national programme to open up discussion and debate on the benefits of multiculturalism, including through social media and grass roots education through multicultural councils.l

Tiriti Partnership Project

 The Tiriti Partnership Project is supported by the Community Sector Taskforce and has two main goals. The first is for local multicultural councils to establish a sustainable relationship with the local tangata whenua (local iwi), and the second, to engage with hard-to-reach communities. Four regions have been selected to take part in the project: Southland, Waitaki, Upper Hutt and Tauranga. The project commenced in 2011 and will continue in 2012.

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