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A shared space – clarification

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An article in the June edition of the Onehunga Community News stated that, “The Office of Ethnic Communities is moving into premises in Onehunga, which will be shared with Labour List MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan.” 

To clarify, neither the office, or its staff, are connected in any way with the Office for Ethnic Communities, which is a government unit within the Department of Internal Affairs. The Department of Internal Affairs’ Office of Ethnic Communities’ only Auckland office is in Albert Street in central Auckland.

No Department of Internal Affairs’ Office of Ethnic Communities staff are involved in the office referred to in the story. None of the people in the photo are Department of Internal Affairs’ Office of Ethnic Communities staff.

The Onehunga office is Labour’s presence in the Maungakiekie electorate only. The office is shared with two other Labour list MPs and is also used by staff members who have been hired by the Labour MPs to support Labour’s engagement with our diverse ethnic communities. 

The comments attributed to Michael Wood as the Undersecretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities regarding the boost in support for work with ethnic communities were misinterpreted.  We understand that he was speaking in his capacity as an electorate MP and referring to an increase in Labour’s support for our work in connecting with ethnic communities.

 

 

 

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