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MNZ Updates as of April 2017
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April 2017

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Inaugural National Race Relations Day Celebration 2017

In New Zealand, communities across the country host hundreds of events on and around the 21st of March to mark Race Relations Day to promote and showcase our culture through dance, music and food.This year for the first time, Multicultural New Zealand, New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Multicultural Council of Wellington have partnered to organise a national Race Relations day celebration – an opportunity to demonstrate successful settlement outcomes for refugees and migrants, inclusion and tackling racism and discrimination. Read more about the event here.

MNZ Partners with Cultural Connections - Seeking Panel Members now

We’ve recently partnered with Cultural Connections, a social enterprise with the purpose of helping multicultural community groups to flourish in New Zealand. Cultural Connection specialise in market research focussed on migrant population. They will donate $2 for every migrant who joins their panel.
We encourage you to have a look at their website (http://www.culturalconnections.co.nz/) and if you do join their panel, you have the option to choose the donation going to Multicultural New Zealand at the end of the survey.      

An update on the merger of MNZ and NZNN

“Joining Multicultural New Zealand at the end of last year has been a great experience for us so far” says Andreja Phillips, National Manager, New Zealand Newcomers Network (NZNN).
"I am looking forward to continuing to work in this collaborative spirit and to help bring the RMC's, Migrant Centres and Newcomers Networks closer together”. Read more here.

NZFMC Insight Building Workshop for Seniors a Success

The NZFMC Insight Building Workshop for Seniors, hosted by the NZFMC Seniors Council was successfully held on the 11th of March at the Filipino Community Centre, 92 Cuba street, Petone. The Senior representatives from our Regional Multicultural Councils participated in the workshop and we had speakers from the Office for Seniors, Ministry of Health, Age Concern and Grey Power. To read more about the workshop click here.

Multicultural New Zealand supports call to collect data on hate Crime

Multicultural New Zealand supports the Human Rights Commission and the NZ Jewish Council in their call for the Police to collect data on the incidence of hate crime. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) had called for the government to collect statistical data on complaints, prosecutions and sentences for racially motivated crimes ten years ago (2007) but a system had still not been put in place. Multicultural New Zealand has supported that call for a number of years. Read more here.             

Immigration Symposium: MNZ Explores New Zealand’s Current Immigration Policy

Dunedin Multi Ethnic Council is hosting the 28th Multicultural New Zealand (MNZ) Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 30 June – 2 July 2017 at Burns Lodge at Holy Cross Centre, 89 Church St, Mosgiel, Dunedin. This AGM will be focused on immigration issues and will explore New Zealand’s immigration policy from a number of viewpoints and disciplines. Our hope is that by doing so New Zealanders will be better informed and educated about immigration in New Zealand. Read more here.

NZFMC Youth Engagement and APP Development Workshop series

We are holding 12 regional youth workshops in partnership with Hui E, Independent Police Conduct Authority, UNESCO and the HRC. We had the first two of 12 workshops, being held at Palmerston North and Porirua. Some real powerful talanoa/conversations with deep and wise opinions were shared by the participants, and some amazing solutions to the challenges youth face were developed. We wanted to use this opportunity to thank our participating RMCs and supporting NGOs for their support and enthusiasm for this big project. Click here to know the details about the rest of the series. 

Women’s International Day Celebration 2017 – An update from NZFMC-WC

On the 8th of March the world celebrated Women’s International Day. The official theme for this year is “Women in the changing world of work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The New Zealand focus for 2017 is “Violence against Women: An Equality and Human Rights Violation”.  Read more here.

Information on Anzac Day Guides  

Each year on 25 April – Anzac Day – New Zealanders remember those who have served and died in war. It’s a tradition that dates back to the First World War, 100 years ago. To explain the history of the day and its significance to New Zealand today, the First World War Centenary Programme Office (WW100) has created some brief Anzac Day guides, available in English, Simplified Chinese, Samoan and Hindi. You are welcome to download them, share them or print them out from http://ww100.govt.nz/a-guide-to-anzac-day.