Waitakere Ethnic Board | Panui Newsletter #01 - Spring Edition

Welcome to WEB's Panui Newsletter #01

Welcome to our very first WEB (Waitakere Ethnic Board)
Panui Newsletter #01

Sixteen years and still running! From the voice of Ethnic Communities to being a super connector, Waitakere Ethnic Board has seen several (good) changes since its inception.

With the efforts of all team members, we introduce you to our new quarterly newsletter which will give you an insight on what WEB has been doing and what we plan to do in near future.

Waitakere Ethnic Board will continue to advocate for the rights of ethnic communities and will always stand by our ethnic brothers and sisters and provide them as much support as possible.

WEB has stood clean and tall with our clear mission and objectives, and with the new team on board, you will see a lot more of WEB in the coming months.

Welcome to the BEGINNING OF NEW ERA!


Gurdeep Talwar
President - Waitakere Ethnic Board




Latest news & events:


CPNZ co-hosted event

8th June 2019

On a terribly wet and cold Saturday morning, it was very heartening to see so many people attending the Waitakere Ethnic Board information morning with NZ Police and Community Patrol NZ (CPNZ).

To encourage people of all ethnicities to look at joining either of these options. The choices are either wanting to know about joining the Police, or via being part of CPNZ, using that as a pathway, to assist people on to the Police career path. #Inclusive #Diversity 

Thank you so much to the attendees from all over West Auckland for coming along.



Waitakere Ethnic Board executive

18th June 2019

We have a newly appointed excutive for the Waitakere Ethnic Board.

From left to right standing:

  • Jade Tang-Taylor, PR/Comms, 
  • Chandra Yogeswaran,  Secretary 
  • Raj Maharjan, Events Officer
  • Deon Wallace, Vice President 
  • Gurdeep Talwar, President

Left to right sitting:

  • Baljit Kaur Managing Coordinator
  • Chris Carter Patron and 
  • Naveen Prakash Immediate Past President 
    (Absent Olufemi Omaiskin, Ayan Said and Zari Fazelnia)



Intercultural Dinner

25th June 2019

A fabulous Intercultural dinner was held at Cafe Korero in Ranui, with guests of 2 members
from the Waitakere Ethnic Board executive.

Partaking in serious but entertaining, enjoyable discussion on
"A question of Inclusion and Belonging" and on how can
"We share the responsibility to build an inclusive community" 

Great ideas came about from this meeting. A huge thank you to our collaborators Belong Aotearoa and Cafe Korero.



New Out West

27th June 2019

New Out West (NOW) Meeting was facilitated  by   Ian  Leader on behalf of  Unitec.

Unitec is committed to supporting West Auckland and they are now working on the development of a new strategy for their Waitakere campus.

How Unitec can meet the needs of the region today and in the future. The key 3 consultation questions were:

  • What are the key skill shortages and educational needs in the West?
  • What are the future industries/jobs developing in the West?
  • How could Unitec best respond to these gaps/opportunities?  



Government’s Wellbeing budget co-hosted by OEC

14th August 2019, 10:00am

Baljit (& Jade) had the pleasure of attending the Government’s Wellbeing budget initiatives from Minister Robertson, and about the additional funding to support ethnic communities from Minister Salesa.

This special initiative was launched on the 14th August. Absolute pleasure to see so many like minded people who attended from across Auckland.

Great to hear from Minister Robertson and Minister Salesa about how very seriously this government is looking at expanding the Office of Ethnic Communities, into a bigger agency. It will still take time, but it is evolving.



New Out West

28th August 2019, 12:30pm

New Out West (NOW) Meeting Presents: The Office of Ethnic Communities and the Department of Internal Affair’s Community Operations team would be presenting about the latest Ethnic Communities Development Fund and other funds administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

The presentation will discuss

  • Purpose of the fund
  • Funding priorities.
  • What OEC funds
  • What they don’t fund
  • Who can apply?

Read more here »





Upcoming opportunities & events:


Local Board Candidates of the West

12 September 2019, 6:30pm

Please kindly share to all of the local board candidates that are wanting to stand in the 3 local board areas as stated below.

Any person wishing to attend must RSVP.  Be it candidate or attendee.
An opportunity to meet the local board candidates from the West 3 local board areas

  • Whau Local Board
  • Waitakere Ranges Local Board
  • Henderson Massey Local Board

This is your chance to ask the candidates’ questions that matter to you!

Date:  Thursday 12th September 2019 @ 6:30pm
Where: Kelston Community Centre Main Hall 126 Awaroa Road Sunnyvale Auckland. 
RSVP: You must RSVP for seating & catering purposes to <contact@waitakereethnicboard.org.nz>


Diverse Participation in Community Centres, Houses and Hubs

Sep-Oct 2019 (TBC)

The project is called ‘Diverse Participation in Community Centres’ and is focusing on how our community centres, hub and houses can be attractive to different cultures living in the Henderson-Massey area.  

The request for participants is to inform the first part of the project which follows a user centred design format.  The recommendations that come from this research will then be implemented/tested in various council facilities (centres, hubs and houses) in the Henderson Massey Local Board area, from February to June 2020.

This work will be part of a regional response for diversity and inclusion. Our overall goal is more ethnically diverse communities enjoying local community centres.

If you're interested in being part of the project, please contact:
Betty MacLaren, Strategic Broker Henderson-Massey Local Board
Phone: 09 892 4461 
Mobile: 027 4310759



Women's Wellbeing Framework

Coming soon (TBC)

Waitakere Ethnic board is proud to be a part of an exciting new project getting ready to be rolled out by Multicultural NZ. Waitakere Ethnic Board along with many community groups across the country will be involved with this.

With the Prime Minister Jacinda Arden writing a letter of support as a forward in the Womens Wellbeing Framework Handbook. This is a unique way to reach out to migrant women, to get involved and become a part of their wider communities

This handwork has been written by women who understand, what it is like to move and settle in a new country.The goal of this handbook is for women to feel that they are learning something to becoming a kiwi, remain strong in their own culture, their family needs are met, they become part of a community network, get tips on our to led a balanced life and most importantly have their voices heard .
As we are the only ones so far from Auckland, becoming involved with the Women’s Wellbeing Framework, the task before us, is to our to launch this within the West Auckland area.
We are hoping that Auckland Council / and the 3 West Auckland Local Boards will support us to take this out to the community.




In other news:

LINK: Chch to get New Zealand's First Multicultural Hub »

If only the council in Auckland did this, as well. Settlement Support/ drop in spaces inside, community centres. Close to public transport. Accessible for all people.

LINK: Mayor Recommends Funding for Multicultural Hub »

Great news from today's Annual Plan Meeting of Christchurch City Council. Mayor Lianne Dalziel's recommendation for a budget for funding the construction of a Multicultural Recreation & Community Centre (Hub) at Hagley Community College was adopted. Thank you all at CCC. It is a NZ first!



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