Discussing ways of encouraging ethnic communities to vote in the upcoming elections is one of matters on the agenda for an ethnic conference in Wellington this weekend.
The annual general meeting of Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils, will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Also on the agenda is a panel of political party representatives that will discuss policies relevant to migrant, refugee and ethnic communities, says a statement from Multicultural New Zealand.
The conference will also look at fundraising, working with volunteers, and a more topical theme – countering family violence.
Ambassador of Philippines Virginia H. Benavidez and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown address delegates from 19 regional multicultural councils and three national councils for youth, women and senior citizens at the Wellington City Council offices from Friday 27 June to Sunday 29 June.
Also speaking at the conference are: Vanisa Dhiru (Volunteering New Zealand), Joris de Bres (former Race Relations Commissioner), Peter Dunne (United Future Party), Trevor Mallard (Labour Party), Jan Logie (Green Party), Sarah BridglandHill (Office of Ethnic Affairs), Ann Dysart (Ministry of Social Development) and Heather Newell (Foresee Communications).