The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme: Te Ngira

Bringing together diverse communities and organisations whose members work to:

  • recognise and celebrate cultural diversity in our society
  • promote the equal enjoyment by everyone of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, regardless of race, colour, religion, ethnicity or national origin
  • foster harmonious relations between diverse peoples
  • fulfill the promise of the Treaty of Waitangi.

A community initiative promoting positive race relations, the Diversity Action Programme: Te Ngira was launched in 2004 after public outrage at the desecration of Jewish graves in Wellington.

Who’s involved

Tangata whenua, ethnic, cultural and religious groups, multicultural councils, businesses, media, district, city and regional councils, government agencies, research centres, educational institutions, health and social service providers, community service organisations, museums and galleries, and advocacy groups

Benefits for your organisation

Taking part in Te Ngira is free - the only costs are those your organisation spends on its own projects.

Your organisation benefits from:

  • developing a relationship with the Commission, with personal contact at least once a year
  • networking opportunities – Te Ngira networks include media diversity, religious diversity, language policy and refugee issues
  • acknowledgement of your organisation’s contribution to a diverse, equal and harmonious Aotearoa New Zealand
  • regular information on good practice, new ideas and events
  • positive publicity on our website about what your organisation is doing to promote positive race relations
  • being in the running to receive an award at the annual New Zealand Diversity Awards.

Types of programmes or projects

You can register any programme or project, large or small, that contributes to a diverse, equal, harmonious and Treaty-based Aotearoa New Zealand.

Registered projects include things like:

  • Taking part in events like Waitangi Day, Chinese New Year, Race Relations Day, Samoan Language Week, Matariki, World Refugee Day, Maori Language Week, Diwali, and other national and cultural days, either within your organisation or in the community
  • Festivals, exhibitions, cultural performances and celebrations
  • Promoting diversity in the workplace and catering for the diverse needs of clients and customers
  • Developing policies, programmes and strategies for diversity, equality, harmony and giving effect to the Treaty
  • Community consultation and participation
  • Helping to settle new migrants and refugees
  • Educational programmes, research and publications
  • Development and capacity building for diverse communities, including maintenance of cultures and languages and community wellbeing
  • Workshops, conferences, forums on issues relating to diversity, human rights and harmonious relations
  • Intercultural and interfaith dialogue and cooperation

National events and occasions that celebrate diversity

There are some key dates and public events that are widely celebrated in New Zealand. These are a great way to acknowledge diversity in the workplace, schools, the media and the community. A number of Diversity Action Programme participants use these occasions as a springboard for events, celebrations and diversity projects.

Mark these in your calendar:

  • Waitangi Day: 6 February 2014
  • Chinese New Year: 31 January 2014
  • Race Relations Day: 21 March 2014
  • NZ Sign Language Week : 12-18 May 2014
  • Samoan Language Week: 26-30 May 2014
  • World Refugee Day: 20 June 2014
  • Mātāriki: 28 June 2014
  • Māori Language Week: 21-27 July 2014
  • NZ Diversity Forum: TBC
  • Islam Awareness Week: TBC
  • Diwali: 23 October 2014

How to get involved

If your organisation supports the vision of culturally diverse, equal and harmonious Aotearoa New Zealand and is taking practical steps towards its realisation – we want to hear from you! Projects can be internal, capability oriented, community focused or celebratory.

All you need to do is register a programme or project that supports cultural diversity, promotes equality, fosters harmonious relations or recognises the Treaty of Waitangi.

A profile of your organisation and your programmes or projects will be posted on this website.

You are welcome to use the NZDAP logo for registered projects and events.

History of the programme

To read about how the New Zealand Diversity Programme came about click here.