Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


New Office Of Ethnic Affairs

A new Office of Ethnic Affairs has been established within the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs, which supersedes the Ethnic Affairs service created in 1992, will be launched at 6pm on May 1, at the Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings by the Minister of Ethnic Affairs, Hon. George Hawkins.

"This office will work towards ensuring that ethnic communities are seen, heard, included and accepted in New Zealand society, especially in the areas of policy development and the delivery of government services," says Ethnic Affairs Acting Director, Sonja Rathgen.

The President of the NZ Federation of Ethnic Councils (NZFEC), Weng Kei Chen says he has been looking forward to this development for a long time.

"It means that the office can work to ensure that ethnic communities inputs are considered or included in government decisions." he said.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs provides policy advice and information to both government and non-government agencies and runs an information and referral service for ethnic communities.

It will also work to encourage acceptance and respect for diverse cultures and languages in the wider society.

The Office, which is currently looking at the whole policy on interpreting services and developing nationwide links with ethnic communities is staffed by three community advisors, based in Auckland and Wellington and two policy analysts.

The Ministerial portfolio for Ethnic Affairs was created by the Labour - Alliance Government in December 1999

The staff of the Office of Ethnic Affairs is : Deborah Burns, Senior Policy Analyst Vas Gavriel, Senior Policy Analyst Craig Nicholson, Community Advisor Janifa Janif, Community Advisor (Auckland) Fezeela Raza, Community Advisor (Auckland)


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader etc. etc. etc.

As usual, the benefit – or otherwise – of our military presence to the people on the receiving end has barely had a look in. More>>


Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>


Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>


NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Ardern Pep Talk

The intolerance being shown as the coalition process unfolds in New Zealand betrays our depressing appetite for a tidily totalitarian style of government where everyone is expected to march in lockstep. More>>


Last Two: All Charter Schools To Join State System

The decisions on Tūranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne and Waatea School in Auckland mean that all 12 charter schools that applied to become designated character or state integrated schools have now been approved. More>>





InfoPages News Channels