Past Events

We held our Meet the Council & Local board candidates meeting last week. Here is what some of the attendees at the Henderson Massey local board table had to say in answer to the question of :
What do you understand are the issues/ needs & challenges for Ethnic people in your area?
Provide criteria in the funding structures that specific needs of ethnic communities are addressed.Local board needs to engage, empower and listen more about what are the issues that are of concern to ethnic people. In turn the ethnic groups need to voice their concerns or projects to the local boards at their meetings & workshops. More active participation is encouraged for ethnic people to get more involved with civic processes.Ideas such as more ethnic people being involved in community patrols also encourages ethnic participation hence this also gives people the sense of belonging within the wider community.As we are one people , with many diverse languages, cultures and regilous beliefs. The need to build stronger connections of tolerance and empathy and understanding still is something that needs to evolve within the mainstream community.

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We held our Meet the Council & Local board candidates meeting last week. Here is what some of the attendees at the Waitakere Ranges local board table had to say in answer to the question of :
What do you understand are the issues/ needs & challenges for Ethnic people in your area?
Before advocating we need to engage & listen to what ethnic people’s concerns are. Have regular meetings,continue to support WEB as the ethnic voice of the West. Share the spirit of music, food and family. Talk to them about their concerns on Community Safety, sense of belonging and look at having more interactive community/programs or events.The issue of language barriers,cultural differences and behavioural differnces is also something that needs to be worked on. In order to make people feel that they do belong.

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We held our Meet the Council & Local board candidates meeting last week. Here is what some of the attendees at the Whau local board table had to say in answer to the question of :
What do you understand are the issues/ needs & challenges for Ethnic people in your area?
There is a lack of tolerance & appreciation of cultural differences. Families have issues when the children intergrate and cultural conflicts happen within these families. More ethnic people need to get involved in the civic matters, such as voting in the local board elections. We need to encourage more partcipation of these communties to get involved in community programmes that are provided by the local boards. Discrimation, Inequity, Racism and Intolerance are still issues that need to be dealt with,within the wider community.

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New Out West Meeting  (NOW)  Presents:  Family Action  – Crisis Services  offering Counselling, Support , Refuge and many other services that are offered free to families  who walk into their agency and how they  are engaging in the new whangaia process

Where: Waitakere Community  Resource Centre  8 Ratanui Street Henderson Auckland

When: Thursday 25th July 2019  12:30pm FREE  networking lunch followed by meeting from 1:15PM TO 2:30PM

New Out West Meeting  (NOW)  Presents Unitec is committed to supporting West Auckland and we are now working on the development of strategy for our Waitākere campus.

We would like your input in developing this strategy by providing feedback and insight into how Unitec can meet the needs of the region today and in the future.

 The key 3 consultation questions, are:

  • 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

Where: Waitakere Community  Resource Centre  8 Ratanui  Street Henderson Auckland

When: Thursday 27th June 12:30pm FREE  networking lunch followed by meeting from 1:15PM TO 2:30PM

New Out West Meeting  (NOW)  Presents: The  latest updates from Immigration New Zealand

– complying with employment and immigration law

-getting the best from your new migrant staff

– finding overseas talent

– understanding work visas and employer requirements.

Where: Waitakere Community  Resource Centre  8 Ratanui Street Henderson Auckland

When: Thursday 30th May 2019  12:30pm FREE  networking lunch followed by meeting from 1:15PM TO 2:30PM

Collaborative event with NZ Police and CPNZ – 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. To encourage people of all ethnicties 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.

Wellbeing Budget talk with the Prime Minister of NZ- 5th June 2019

American Student visit WEB office – 28th May 2019

Enjoyed a very special visit from students of Towson University ( Department of Psychology) from Maryland United States. They are visiting Auckland as part of an overseas tour. They came to discuss the many issues that pertain to the rights of ethnic people and what is it really like living in New Zealand. Board members Ayan Said, Raj Maharjan and coordinator Baljit Kaur engaged and had quite in depth discussions, and felt it was a real privilege to have these young people come to visit us out in the west.

WEB AGM 2019

The Waitakere Ethnic Board held its AGM last night (1st of May) at the Waitakere Council Chambers, after the formalities of the AGM. We were privileged to hear, what Mr Ikhlaq Kashkari President of the NZ Muslim Association speak, about how going forward, the example that our own Prime Minister has shown to the world, is what we should all follow. Compassion, making an effort to understand other different cultural values,tolerance and forgiveness. As a nation NZ will not allow haters to spread their disease. We must be vigilant and ever mindful of being aware of taking care of each other. Be it your own neighbour or colleagues at work. WE have the choice to make NZ a country that is the place where everyone in the world wants to live in.The clock cannot be turned back, Auckland is a very multicultural city.so we need to all make the changes within ourselves.
Diversity is here to stay, so lets harness the positives and make ourselves all the more interconnected.
Thanks also to Deborah Russell MP of New Lynn, Chris Carter, Penny Hulse for giving their views on this subject.
Powerful positive words from some of our leaders within our community. The WEB warmly welcomes Jade Tang-Taylor, Raj Maharjan and Chandra Yogeswaran to the board.

Waitakere Ethnic Board introduce to you the WEB Co patron Chris Carter.

We are proud to have Chris Carter join us as our co patron, he will be talking about his time working on behalf of the United Nations.

Working in the War Zone 

Come along to hear about his experiences working in Afghanistan and then in Myanmar.

Where: Waitakere Community  Resource Centre  8 Ratanui Street Henderson Auckland 28th March 2019

Dear friends of WEB,

Great sadness and overwhelming disbelief has surrounded us with news of the events that have unfolded today – March 15th 2019 in Christchurch. The Waitakere Ethnic Board stands in solidarity and support of the victims and their families. Not to mention all of our Muslim brothers and sisters and the nation as a whole. Reeling with shock from what has occurred, we shudder to think, what now for our beautiful country? Anyone who can go into a place of worship and heartlessly gun down people who are actually praying, cannot be classed as being a human being. This terrorist act was done by white supremacists. They must of been so fuelled with hate. A worrying concern for the powers that be, as to what will happen now, and in the future. New Zealand has now become an international target, because haters will always hate. We are afraid that this tragedy will now trigger someone else from another group in retaliation. My dear country, things will never be the same again.

Please join us in Ranui for the “Walk of Aroha” in support and solidarity of our local West Auckland Muslim Community

“THEY ARE US”

When: Friday 22nd March 11:30am.

Where: Meet at Ranui Domain, 26 Robertson Road

Time: 11:30am

Route: We will walk from Ranui Domain to the West Auckland Mosque on 31 Armada Drive. We will then walk to the Ranui Community Centre located at 474 Swanson Road for tea and coffee by 12:15pmNo photo description available.

Gurdeep Talwar – Vice President of the Board was interviewed by Radio New Zealand at a meeting in Henderson on 20th Aug 2018 attended by Waitemata Police and more than 50 people from local Asian and African communities. https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/364558/police-promise-better-protection-of-ethnic-communities

Our Vice President Gurdeep Talwar attended the Official launch event of Multicultural Times on the 9th Aug at AUT city campus. A number of community leaders were present including the Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. A great effort from  the organisers to come up with a newspaper focused on ethnic communities.

Our Board member Ayan Said attended and was one of the facilitators at the ethnic communities  education conversation that  was held on Saturday the 8th of September. This event was well attended by community leaders and there was representation from all the major groups. The focus of the event was the conversation around looking at the way the education system is structured.

Ayan Said with the minister.

Waitakere Ethnic Board along with Multicultural New Zealand had this workshop in Henderson in late August .

Specialist tutors from The Centre of Applied Cross Cultural Research, based at Victoria University in Wellington came up for the day to deliver this interactive course. Their speciality is in practically addressing challenging, psychological and social issues in today’s world.

Working  effectively with Culture, extended  and tested your own cultural competency, recognising your own cultural lens and learn how to apply it in everyday life.

To develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare participants to work effectively with people from other cultures other than their own, including clients and co- workers.

WEB held its usual once a month New Out West meeting with Waitemata Police Detective Senior Sergeant Kelly Farrant presenting the new initiative that are been rolled out in West Auckland.

The new approach will provide the opportunity to prevent Family Harm. To address the causes that can spark family violence.

The Police will be working with Iwi/Maori at the governance ,management and operational levels to reduce family harm.

Also they will be working with government and non-government partners contributing to the model in different ways as agreed locally.

In short this new way will develop a safety plan to assist the family and make appropriate referrals to service providers to reduce family harm