Parliament

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

 

Initiative following Census figures on ethnicity

Hon Chris Carter
Minister of Ethnic Affairs

6 November 2006 Media Statement

New initiative planned following Census figures on ethnicity


The Labour-Progressive government is developing a major new piece of work stretching across government designed to strengthen relations between New Zealand's different communities, Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter said today.

His comments come following new figures from the 2006 Census showing New Zealand is continuing to get more ethnically diverse, with the Asian community in particular growing by almost 50 per cent since 2001.

""New Zealand can only become culturally and economically richer as our mix of people diversifies," Mr Carter said.

"The contribution ethnic New Zealanders are making to our country is immense. But as the recent racially motivated attacks on three Muslim women over the past three days shows, we need to be constantly mindful of the challenges diversity creates, as well as its opportunities.

"Ethnic New Zealanders deserve the right to access government services, walk down the street, and enjoy a happy fulfilling life without the spectre of racism. Under no circumstances do we not want the sort of difficulties in New Zealand that have arisen in parts of Australia," Mr Carter said.

"With this in mind, for some months Cabinet has been considering a new initiative to draw together a wide range of enhanced programmes across government to improve dialogue and understanding between New Zealand's different cultures. Details of this initiative will be announced in the New Year."

Mr Carter said there was enormous competition around the world at the moment to attract skilled migrants.

“This government has recognised that the best way to draw talented people to New Zealand is to ensure an environment that celebrates and rewards the contributions they bring. Today’s Census figures indicate we are succeeding.

“The job ahead is to help all New Zealanders learn to understand and appreciate each other so all can participate meaningfully in the affairs of this country and enjoy the benefits of prosperity."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages