The talent, skills and connections of our ethnically diverse communities make significant contributions to New Zealand’s current and future prosperity. The Office of Ethnic Affairs encourages ethnic women to play more influential roles.
Seventy-five years ago, 244 Chinese women and their 239 children arrived in New Zealand as refugees from a war-torn homeland, Guangdong, China.
Nearly 600 people including former Chinese war refugees and their descendants gathered in Auckland on Sunday, 12 October to acknowledge and celebrate this first arrival in 1939. The event also highlighted the long and substantial history and contribution the New Zealand Chinese community has made to New Zealand.
Some 400 people packed the Onehunga centre for Shanti Niwas’ recent celebration held to mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons commemorated on 1 October to recognise and honour the contributions of older people throughout the world.