Prime Minister Helen Clark identified the programmes and new initiatives
led by government departments in 2004 that contribute to New Zealand’s
Diversity Action Programme. She had been asked for this by Race
Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.
The identified government programmes and initiatives are tools
citizens can use in navigating their way towards information and
services of interest to them.
The names, websites and basic contact information in listings in
the Directory for Citizenship Education and references are to help
diverse citizens and those aiming to help them. Profiles and briefings
such as those in the DecisionMaker Guide to Parliament and Government
are fuller navigational tools.
Directory listings, and supplementary profiles and briefings, can
assist citizens find relevant people and organizations. More progress
may be made in the enquiry by reference to programmes and new initiatives
of government agencies. Enquirers interest in all New Zealanders,
or one particular culture, or one particular location, can also
learn from the experience the host society and other cultures have
had in living with each other.
The Directory on Cultural Diversity accentuates what the Prime
Minister initially singled out – making it easier for targeted
enquiries about policies and progress, and the development of constructive
The Directory also introduces prime sources on Maori, Pacific,
Asian and other ethnic community contacts in New Zealand.
The content and distribution of the Directory on Cultural Diversity
and allied citizenship education publications will be developed
interactively in cooperation with readers and other partners.
In 2006, for example, information from the Federation of Islamic
Associations of New Zealand about understanding Islam was added
in the Religious and Interfaith area of the Directory.
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