This online edition of the New Zealand Directory on Cultural Diversity,
published by the Centre for Citizenship Education (CCE) as its 2005
partnership project with the Diversity Action Programme, will be
enhanced in cooperation with others.
For example the Federation of Islamic Associations secretary M Hanif
Ali and publisher Anthony Haas agreed on 29 November 2005 talks
in Wellington to expand religious and Interfaith content. Former
Fiji resident Hanif Ali can be emailed
or phoned on 04 387 8023. Link to the Federation's
website is the first step in cooperation intended to help, as
Federation executive manager and former Singapore resident Sultan
Eusoff said in the talks, to
build bridges. The Federation of Islamic Associations of New
Zealand (Inc) is able to bridge between Muslim communities in New
Zealand from more than 40 countries, and people in the host
The cooperation talks were sparked by meetings convened first by
the New Zealand Police, when they launched their publication on
ethnic diversity, and then by Wellington Jewish community B'nai
Brith organisation at which Jewish and Muslim women spoke about
Earlier in 2005 the New Zealand Jewish Council endorsed the Directory
on Cultural Diversity, and during citizenship education networking
communication was established with other participants in the Interfaith
dialogue. The Pope's actions and local Catholic reaction were reported
in the Directory.
At the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November
Interfatih was on the leaders' agenda.
A review of other content in the Directory on Cultural Diversity
showed some of the challenges potential users would have in finding
Muslim community organisations in New Zealand - and cooperation
will seek to identify those gaps more precisely and address them
together, says Centre for Citizenship Education director and publisher
For citizenship education
The Directory on Cultural Diversity first edition, published on
NZ Race Relations Day, March 2005, incorporates CCE’s annual
Directory for Citizenship Education.
This brings information on government departments, crown entities,
state owned enterprises, information and services and help with
rights and the law alongside content focused on helping culturally
diverse New Zealanders and host society agencies work with each
Ten point plan
This in turn helps strengthen cultural diversity – a goal
of the ten point Diversity Action Programme developed at Parliament
in August 2004 in response to challenges to New Zealand’s
The purpose of the Directory on Cultural Diversity is to provide
information and pathways to key organisations involved in promoting
cultural diversity in New Zealand.
Information about this enhanced Directory for Citizenship Education
was made available to participants in the national diversity forum
held at Parliament in August 2005.
The CCE is working with project partners, publishers and account
executives to produce the updated and expanded Directory online
and in such other formats as may be possible.
The Directory on Cultural Diversity is supported by the DecisionMaker
Guide to Parliament and Government, which is the guide to Parliament,
government, the law and the big picture, first published by Asia
Pacific Economic News Ltd in consultation with Parliamentary Services
Use the Directory to help you navigate to the organizations that may
help you find out more about your quest to strengthen cultural diversity.