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Ethnic Affairs Conference. 6 - 7 May 2011, Wellington

EthnicA Wellington heard an exciting array of speakers and panelists on topics which ranged from multiculturalism in a bi-cultural setting to social innovation.

The new Wharewaka (canoe house) on Wellington’s waterfront provided a stunning venue for the conference. It also provided an appropriate location for one of the forum’s major themes; the evolving relationship between Māori and New Zealand’s established and new settler communities.

Our key-note speaker, Pino Migliorino, who's Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council Australia, gave an inspiring talk about raising the profile of ethnic communities.

View his presentation

See the full programme (233kb PDF) or full programme (223kb Microsoft Word).

At our Auckland EthnicA conference on 1 - 2 April we heard from the US Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Farah Pandith, the Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Hon Hekia Parata and Auckland Mayor, Len Brown.

Comments we've received include:

"I would like to thank you for hosting the EthnicA Conference and must say it was an eye opener and inclusive in terms of issues under discussion by various stake holders."

"It’s the best event of OEA’s events I’ve attended so far. KUDOS to you and your team."

"The conference was well organized and administered in a professional manner- no doubt about that. I would also like to congratulate you and your team, for a job well done."

At one of the workshops delegates heard the inspirational stories of six migrant women entrepreneurs, which you can read here (320 kb PDF)

A planned conference in Christchurch has been postponed because of the impact of the earthquake.