On 1 July 2021, Aotearoa New Zealand will have a new Ministry
for Ethnic Communities, with the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion
and Ethnic Communities as the responsible Minister. This is
the first time Aotearoa New Zealand’s communities who
identify their ethnicity as Middle Eastern, Latin American,
Continental European, Asian or African will have had this level of
representation in government.
The Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities
wanted ethnic communities to have a say in shaping the new
Ministry. In April and May, the Office Of Ethnic Communities – te
Tari Matawaka, on behalf of the Minister, asked ethnic communities
to tell us where the new Ministry should put its effort.
This document summarises the key areas that ethnic communities
told us are important for the Ministry to focus on, and their vision for
the future of the Ministry.