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

 


New publication celebrating young ethnic NZers

New publication celebrating young ethnic NZers


Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter today launched a new publication to build awareness of the vitality, enthusiasm and community spirit of New Zealand ethnic youth.

Portraits: Youth is a book featuring photos and text giving an insight into the lives of ethnic young people from communities as diverse as Russian, Greek and Somali. One young man in the book is a fourth generation Chinese New Zealander and a descendant of Ngati Kahungunu.

Mr Carter said that news about diversity was often preceded by criticism of or an attack on an ethnic community, as seen with the vandalism of Mosques in Auckland last week and the desecration of Jewish graves and cemeteries in 2004.

“Some people talk about New Zealand’s ethnic diversity as if it is a threat to our way of life. Yet, many of the young people in Portraits are doing great things. Some are New Zealand-born; others came to this country as refugees. They have positive and enthusiastic things to say about New Zealand, and the opportunities it gives them.

“The young people in Portraits are a part of the New Zealand of the future. They are our future lawyers, actors, architects, youth workers, sporting achievers and business leaders. If the past is anything to go by, many will also become the husbands, wives or partners of people from other cultures.

“I welcome the message from this publication that young ethnic people are integrating into wider New Zealand society. I also hope that they can maintain links to their own heritage, culture and mother tongue,” Mr Carter said.

Portraits is being distributed to all schools and public libraries in New Zealand to support the educational and community work of the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA). Copies can also be obtained from the OEA. Email: ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news