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Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:31 pm

Diversity

School, MClass help parents learn English to join community

Parents drop their their kids at Miramar’s Holy Cross school and then stay to learn English.

Migrant volunteers to be recognised for their work in capital

New migrants will celebrate their volunteering achievements in a special awards ceremony this week. ANNEKA PAUL reports on how volunteering has connected the recent arrivals to their new home.

Special Olympics champion swam for his cousin in Australia

Richard Bruce represented New Zealand at the first Asia Pacific Games in Australia. He talks to PAUL ORDISH about his motivation.

Beyond the hijab: Living as a Muslim female in Wellington

Living in Wellington is a daily celebration of culture for three Muslim university students. BETHANY PEARSON reports.

New Zealand home after sinking boat and island isolation.

“What amazing people are New Zealanders,” says former refugee Mohammad Ali Amiri. He talks with JANELLE CHEESMAN.

Wellington’s Diwali festival gives many reasons for celebration

The Indian festival of Diwali means many things to many people, JESSE CLARK discovered at Wellington’s celebrations.

Skilled and qualified refugees stacking shelves at supermarkets

It can be hard settling in to a new culture, especially getting a job. SAM DUFF looks at services that smooth the way for refugees.

Traditions of Pahiatua children live on at Polish School

Wellington’s Polish School celebrates it’s 60th anniversary, and LIAM MACANDREW learns their cultural story in a strange land.

Young Fijians target of language week

The inaugural Fijian Language Week was launched on Monday and aims to encourage Fijians living in New Zealand to reconnect with and celebrate their culture. CALLY MARTIN reports.

Excitement building up for Polynesian festival

Students from around the Porirua region are preparing to show off their Pasifika cultures, reports CAM MASSEY.

Wellington’s religious communities welcome Dame Susan Devoy

A dinner is held for the Race Relations Commissioner at Jewish community centre.

We were prepared for death anyway, say youths in cancer ward

Young cancer patients found the quakes underwhelming compared with their experiences.

Porirua school triumphs at kapa haka competition

Te Rauparaha Arena erupts into a crowd Kamate haka for Te Kura Maori o Porirua.

Malaysian games at Vic Uni helping community

Playing sports in the hijab is no problem for New Zealand’s Malaysian students, reports BETHANY PEARSON.

Newlands take disaster seriously – even if it is an exercise

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds became disaster victims and helpers in a major earthquake.

Petone school begins programme to help pupils learning in te reo

A Petone school has high hopes for its new system for pupils learning in te reo, reports HOANI HOTENE.

Evolve youth service finds new space for drop-in centre.

Evolve’s move coincides with Youth Week, when Evolve has a special workshop planned.

Designer showcases NZ fashion talent in Kuala Lumpur

Wellingtonian Hannah Shand takes the stage and third place with her Malysian collaborator.

After-school homework centre helps community realise dream

Homework isn’t compulsory, but one local centre is making it fun for students.

Iwi radio stations get training boost to help further te reo

A Whitireia training initiative allows iwi radio station staff to get their skills and dedication recognised, reports VICTORIA COTTERELL.

Dyslexic learners challenging education for support

As ongoing change challenges schools, LIZ WYLIE explores what is being done to help dyslexic learners. Image: iStockphoto

Teacher lights up California kids’ lives the Kiwi way

Dyer-Kelly Elementary – its children are high achievers, thanks to its Kiwi principal.

Whenua burial revives connection to land

Earth mothers all over Aotearoa are reviving the practice of whenua burial, reports MELISSA WASTNEY

Open door helps make radio accessible for aspiring disc jockey

Reaching all ears since 1981, Access Radio is still going strong on Wellington airways, reports NATASHA THYNE.

Women walk from Parliament to Civic Square for peace

Wellington women came together to celebrate international Women’s day with a peace walk.

‘Forgotten’ hospital abused ask for apology

A GROUP of Wellingtonians is fighting for patients in pyschiatric hospitals before 1992, whose stories of trauma are a forgotten chapter of New Zealand’s history.

To this day, the former patients have not received an apology from the Government. ERIN KAVANAGH-HALL reports.

Dragons and dancing welcome Year of the Snake

Wellingtonians turned out in droves to enjoy Chinese New Year celebrations, which mixed the traditional with the modern.

Megan Ultimate is not letting her blindness stop her art

A young art student is not letting her disability get in the way of her first exhibition.

“Ex-psychiatric patient” tag for Studylink client

Studylink Wellington has labelled a client “ex-psychiatric patient” without his knowledge or permission.

JEAN ELTRINGHAM looks at how the student’s privacy was breached and why it shouldn’t have been.

New Zealand homebirth figures being addressed by Ministry

Estimates show home birth is still a rare choice for Kiwis as official numbers remain unknown. MELISSA WASTNEY reports.

Migrants to lose valuable help for transition into Kiwi life

Victoria University must stop providing employment aid to migrants if funding cannot be sourced.

More to Nepalese culture than Mt Everest and Hillary

A Nepal Night festival is aimed at introducing Wellington to the best of Nepalese culture. SARAH MACKENZIE reports.

Speech reading courses return to Hutt Valley after six years

EMILY LIPSYS reports on an issue which challenges those who lose their hearing, and why they want the course to continue.

TV shows lack of respect for Kiwi paralympians

Poor TV coverage of NZ’s athletes at London Games.

Day of fun and games for Maori language week

South Wellington Intermediate puts learning te reo into context.

Tongan schools power education with the sun

Pacific Islands leading way with renewable energy.

Save your languages, Parata tells islanders

Newtown meeting told more government money will not help

Start soon on Wellington’s fourth Greek chapel

Makara site is near original and new Greek cemeteries.

Promoting tolerance – teaching Maori culture in schools

Lisa Reweti talks to GRANT ELLEN about teaching NZ social history and te reo in Wellington schools.

Migrant pioneer tells of battle against domestic violence

Farida Sultana’s work has created a legacy of support for ethnic women facing domestic violence in New Zealand.

She talks to CALLUM VALENTINE about her life and struggle, and the success of the support group she founded here, Shakti.

Head of the fish leads the way in iwi radio broadcasting

Wellington’s award-winning Maori radio station set to celebrate 25 years in the business, reports RODNEY BROWN.

Marae and mosque – how Kiwis are attracted to overlapping customs

Similarities between Islam and Maori culture are leading more Maori to embrace Islam, reports MOHAMMAD NAZAYER.

Blind pakeha just one of the whanau on radio

David Piper’s success in studio due to strength of character

Stereotypes rule – how media misses the real news in sex work

Sex workers and academics say media inability to look past myths hinders inquiry into real issues, reports TESSA JOHNSTONE.

Consumer demand for gluten-free food on the rise – but so is the price

Specialty food prices aren’t dropping despite market growth, reports ROBBIE PARKES.

Spread of cultures in Wellington a cause for celebration

Upper Hutt hosts a cultural festival to mark Race Relations Day as NZ’s diversity broadens, reports CHRISTINA McDONALD.

Festival marks coming together with earth, wind, fire and water

For Porirua, Waitangi Day has become a way for communities to celebrate diversity, writes DANIELLE NORMAN.

Hare Krishnas not what they seem from other side of the street

Hare Krishnas are not widely understood in Western society, so SARA GREIG finds out what all the noise is about.

Refugee’s dream is to use filmmaking to highlight similar lives

Hisham Zaoui, son of Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui, tells MOHAMMAD NAZAYER he wants to cover human rights around the world..

Most racism felt in ‘little things, subtle things’ says one who feels it

Despite Asian people being one of NZ’s four main ethnic groups, they are the most discriminated against, reports ANNA WILLIAMS.

Mexican stand-off over Wellington Day of the Dead festival

Traditional Mexican festival Day of the Dead has caused a division in Wellington’s Mexican community, reports SARAH DUNN.

Human rights versus animal rights debate

Kosher chicken ban unscientific says academic expert

Pacific culture leaves indelible mark on many visitors

Traditional tattooing, albeit with modern instruments, attracted world cup visitors. ABBY BROWN talks to Pacific Tattoo artists.

Montessori now available through to high school level

Wa Ora School will offer approved NCEA standards, together with the Montessori philosophy. RUSSELL PALMER reports.

Be Accessible wants to get through the door of NZ businesses

FELIX Cafe sees catering for disabilities as more than just about wheelchair access thanks to Be.Accessible. GRANT ELLEN reports.

Refugee education halted by Govt funding cuts

We are worth the education investment, say refugees.

Web campaign gets feminist film into festival

Lobbying convinces organisers to add ‘Miss Representation’.

Maori immersion communities – the saviour of the Maori language?

As older Maori speakers die, the proportion of those fluent in te reo is falling, writes JENNY GILCHRIST.

The New Zealand fire service is on the lookout for a few good women

The fire service wants more diversity, reports SAMANTHA IVES. The biggest barrier appears to be a lack of self belief.

Maori students engaged in authentic learning

Correspondence School finds what they are good at

Keeping Northern Iraq’s ancient Nineveh alive and well in NZ

JENNIFER GILCHRIST finds out how a small, relatively unknown population from Northern Iraq maintains its culture in NZ.

Top Kiwi woman surfer wants to bring change for her sisters

In this supposed generation of equal pay, equal rights and equal quality of life, men still dominate surfing, writes GRACE ACKLAND.

Understanding Ka Mate – how a chief’s escape led to the All Blacks

VIDEO: Ngati Toa, owners of Ka mate, have agreed with the NZ Rugby Union over its continued use by the All Blacks. JOSIE GLASSON tells the story of the haka.

New Zealanders show support for Libyan people

Midland Park protest backs Libyans seeking democracy.

Fears held for refugees falling into poverty, debt

Government warned ESOL funding cuts will hit productivity.

Plea to reverse refugee English cuts ignored

Teachers call ministers to get real about refugee learning

Learning English can bring back tearful memories for some migrants

The prospect of autonomous living in a foreign country is bleak for refugees, but learning English can make all the difference, reports AARON VAN DELDEN.

English classes remove language barriers for migrants to Kapiti Coast

There are at least 25 nationalities living in Horowhenua-Kapiti and the barrier of language can often prevent newcomers from being ‘seen’, reports TANYA WOOD.

Toddler teachers take language skills home

Preschool trains new generation of Pasifika speakers.

Chch Press journalist takes 2010 diversity reporting award

Rebecca Todd gets a $4000 travel grant to Asia for her series on a Bhutanese family’s migration to NZ, reports HANNA BUTLER.

Healing hands give balance to kung fu master’s life

Wellington nurse Meng Fanxiao is a kung fu exponent with 25 years’ training to call on. LYDIA CHEN asks him about the meaning behind the fists.

Beyond Bollywood and butter chicken

Exhibition showcases Indian spirit, uncovers hidden talents.

World has forgotten longest-running conflict

Media ignore deadly fight that’s gone on 21 years.

PHOTO ESSAY: Diwali wedding in pictures

The annual festival is a popular time for Indian weddings

Four Wellington groups get Whanau Ora work

TV channel, artist among 25 successful applicants.

Wellington Hindi school paintings show life beyond Bollywood

Wellington Hindi School wants Wellingtonians to know Indian culture is more than Bollywood dancing, reports HANNA BUTLER.

Radio stations helped in multimillion-dollar quest

Deadline extended in talks over future of Radio Rhema.

Big prize on offer for young journalists

Entries sought for Excellence in Reporting Diversity Awards.

Migrants may be missing quake advice

Non-English speakers may not know the role of Civil Defence.

Kilbirnie mosque not just a mosque – it’s also a school

Students learn how to integrate while still maintaining their identities as Muslims, reports MOHAMMAD NAZAYER.