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Minister Addresses Federation of Ethnic Councils

12 June 2000. Media Statement

Minister Addresses Federation of Ethnic Councils

Ethnic Affairs Minister Hon. George Hawkins has addressed the 2000 New Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils Annual General Meeting in Christchurch.

The Federation includes community leaders and representatives from a variety of ethnic groups and organisations throughout New Zealand. It is a forum that offers a common voice on issues relating to government policies and policies affect ethnic groups, especially new New Zealanders.

"I was delighted to address the Federation. The leadership of the Federation gives ethnic groups the opportunity to have their voice heard collectively and without reservation," George Hawkins said.

"The Federation does excellent work on behalf of ethnic groups.

"There is much to be done on behalf of ethnic groups throughout New Zealand. New New Zealanders have particular needs which can be influenced by many areas of government policy, such as employment, health care, education and housing," George Hawkins said.

The Government's budget commitment to invest $11.8 million dollars into retraining migrant medical doctors in New Zealand, will also provide opportunity for many professional migrants, George Hawkins said.

"A commitment to upskill overseas doctors reflects the Labour/Alliance Government's commitment to support new New Zealanders in areas such as employment and education," George Hawkins said.


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