Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Ethnic Affairs Briefing Papers Released



19 January 2000

Ethnic Affairs Briefing Papers Released

The Government is committed to strengthening ties with ethnic communities, says Minister for Ethnic Affairs, George Hawkins. Improved communication and co-operation between the Government and ethnic communities will be a focus of an empowered Ethnic Affairs service, he says.

Ethnic Affairs briefing papers, released today, show that the previous government's neglect of burgeoning ethnic communities led to disenchantment among many new immigrants.

"Too often we have seen immigrants lured to New Zealand with promises of professional advancement and a high standard of living. Only on arrival they have found their qualifications not recognised and a government that was deaf to their needs,” George Hawkins says.

"Difficulties facing immigrant doctors are just one example of this problem."

The briefing papers released today also show there has been a "degree of frustrated expectations" among some migrant groups.

Mr Hawkins says the previous National government failed to recognise this, failed to develop an effective policy and neglected its responsibility to deliver services to meet the settlement and specific needs of ethnic groups.

The consequential pressures on society are evident. Complaints of racial discrimination have increased over recent years, as have concerns about the effects on social stability.

Since the early 1990s rapid growth in the size and diversity of the ethnic sector in New Zealand has occurred. There has also been a shift in the balance from long standing settled communities to newly arrived and settling migrants. Auckland in particular has become a centre for New Zealand's ethnic population.

The Labour/Alliance coalition Government is determined to strengthen links with New Zealand's ethnic communities and to focus on issues and concerns that are impacting on these peoples.

"The new Government is committed to developing an Ethnic Affairs service which is responsive to the current needs of ethnic communities. We want minority ethnic groups to feel valued and able to maximise their potential in contributing to New Zealand society," George Hawkins says.


For more information or copies of briefing paper contact: Selwyn Manning 025-270-9131 or
Teresa McMahon 04-471-9163 / 025 270 9169

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels