Ethnic Affairs

Time to reflect on historic poll tax apology

This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the historic poll tax apology by the Labour Government  which healed many wounds for the Kiwi Chinese community and strengthened New Zealand’s legacy as an inclusive and welcoming multicultural society.

It was during the last Year of the Horse celebrations in 2002 that the then Prime Minister Helen Clark made the official apology to the Chinese community on behalf of all previous New Zealand governments for the racially discriminatory legislation.

Govt must act on calls for national language policy

The Government is under increasing pressure to adopt a comprehensive language policy, says Rajen Prasad, Labour’s spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs and Su’a William Sio, Labour’s spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs.

“In the second report in just a week, the Government is being urged to develop a broader language policy.

Ethnic New Zealanders deserve a fair go

Ethnic New Zealanders continue to face enormous barriers in the job market and in gaining access to basic public services - a situation that must be addressed, says Labour’s Ethnic Affairs spokesperson Rajen Prasad.

His comments follow the Annual Diversity Forum in Auckland which came to a close this week. The forum discussed the findings of a Human Rights Commission report on structural and institutional discrimination.

Judith Collins misusing departmental website

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins should stop using her own department’s website to promote the National Party and to solicit donations, says Labour’s ethnic MPs Rajen Prasad and Raymond Huo.

“The Office of Ethnic Affairs website directs visitors to link through to Judith Collins’ National Party website which contains a section where people can donate money and sign up to the Party,” said Rajen Prasad.

“That is completely inappropriate. Judith Collins should keep her Party activities separate from her Ministerial responsibilities.”

Unemployment casts dark shadow over Lantern Festival

The annual Lantern Festival should be a time when the Asian community rejoices, yet this year’s celebration looks set to be anything but with the spotlight on the rising numbers of unemployed, says Labour List MP Raymond Huo.

“Usually The Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival offer a chance for the Chinese community to reflect on the past year and rejoice in new beginnings and opportunities.

“This year, however, the harsh reality of New Zealand’s ballooning unemployment rate, will be weighing heavily on many.

Young Professional Candidate Ideal for Botany

The decision to select Chao-Fu Wu as the Labour candidate for Botany is one that will give the people of Botany a great opportunity to elect a young, community-minded, constituent-focused professional to represent them in Parliament, says Labour’s Chinese Community Affairs Spokesperson Raymond Huo.

“Chao-Fu Wu will be an asset to the Botany electorate. He has a strong desire to serve local constituents and as an Auckland-raised young Kiwi-Chinese from Taiwan, he understands the needs and issues facing the Botany electorate.

Huo welcomes new Asia:NZ Foundation Trustees

The appointment of two prominent New Zealanders onto the Asia:NZ Foundation Board of Trustees reinforces the importance that the Asian region has to New Zealand’s future  says Labour Chinese Community Affairs Spokesperson Raymond Huo.

New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine Graduation Ceremony, Thursday 12 May, 2010

I would like to warmly welcome all parents, guests, friends, staff and graduating students of the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine to this graduation ceremony here today

Many of the graduating students here today are Chinese born and have already gained qualifications and degrees in China.

For these students to leave their country of birth and gain a qualification in another country, and another language, is a truly special achievement

Huo praises diversity of Labour list

The Labour Party list announced on April 10 reflects the vision of Labour’s open and inclusive society says Labour Chinese Community Affairs Spokesperson Raymond Huo.

“Labour has shown that it is serious about having a representation of ‘true’ New Zealand in Parliament by announcing a diverse and strong list,” Raymond Huo says.

“Not only is there a strong influx of young Māori and Pacific candidates but it was also satisfying to see a number of Asian names on the list, including Susan Zhu, Tat Loo, Chris Yoo , Jo Kim and Chao-Fu Wu.

MP Looking Forward to Weekend of Ethnic Festivities

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway says he is looking forward to a busy weekend in the city attending and taking part in Festival of Cultures events.

On Saturday morning, Iain Lees-Galloway will attend the opening of the International Market Day in the Square. 

“The market day is probably the best-known event during the Festival of Cultures. It has become one of Palmerston North’s flagship events and really showcases what a dynamic, diverse city Palmerston North is in the 21stcentury,” said Iain Lees-Galloway. 

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