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A shared space - Ethnic Affairs and Labour MP’s office in Onehunga

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The Office of Ethnic Communities is moving into premises in Onehunga, which will be shared with list MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan. The space, which is on the corner of Neilson and Galway Streets, will provide a hub for people from a wide range of communities to access information and services. According to Office of Ethnic Communities website, their mandate is to work with people who are migrants, refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as Asian, Continental European, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African.

Michael Wood, MP for Mount Roskill and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities, says “We’ve boosted support that we’re providing in terms of connecting with ethnic communities, so we have more staff members working in our ethnic communities’ outreach teams.” He goes on to explain that recognition of these communities is increasingly important and central to who Government needs to be talking to. There are 600,000 people from a diverse range of communities in New Zealand now so, “it’s important to have this service.”

Ms Radhakrishnan reiterates the value of a focal point for the diverse heritages of the people who make up our population. She says, “we’ve got a hub that serves the needs of our wider ethnic community. We will look at holding some events here, where people can come and meet with their locally-based Labour MPs, plus our wider team as well. I will be holding some constituent clinics out of here, just to talk to people about what some of the systemic issues might be across the electorate.”

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