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eCALD® 56th News Edition. July 2020

CALD refers to culturally and linguistically diverse groups who are migrants and refugees from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African (MELAA) backgrounds.

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Kia ora and kia pai tou tatou Matariki | Happy Matariki (Māori New Year) everyone!

Matariki is a celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality and history.

This edition brings you the following news:

New publications

  • Hot off the press! New Zealand Asian Mental Health and Wellbeing Report [2020].
  • Brand new publication! New Zealanders’ Perceptions of Refugees – Survey Report [2020].
  • Recently released! Ethnicity standard classification: Findings from public consultation [2019].
  • RASNZ Online Symposium: Refugee Resettlement in a time of International Change [Monday August 23rd to Friday August 29th, 2020].
  • Disability Connect: Chinese Autism Support Group [21st July 2020]

New Zealand Asian Mental Health and Wellbeing Report

Ministry of Health

Hot off the press! Asian Family Services has just released their newly published “New Zealand Asian Mental Health & Wellbeing Report". The research surveyed 580 Asian New Zealanders across the country and found almost 44 per cent of them experienced some form of mental distress since the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown. The survey found high levels of anxiety and nervousness, as well as racism. Other key findings include the most valued services and most accessed support by respondents; proportion of respondents accessing gambling activities in the past 12 months; and the distribution of racial discrimination by Asian ethnic groups. 


New Zealanders’ Perceptions of Refugees – Survey Report [2020]


Brand new publication! Refugees As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) has just launched their first New Zealanders’ Perceptions of Refugees Survey Report. The survey was conducted in collaboration with Colmar Brunton in April. The research surveyed more than 1,000 New Zealanders from Northland to Southland. It offers a fascinating insight into kiwi’s knowledge of, and attitudes towards people from refugee backgrounds. With the proud history of New Zealand refugee resettlement, the survey is a valuable and timely resource, especially with the official announcement of the increase of the nation’s refugee quota to 1,500 from 1st July 2020. 


RASNZ Online Symposium
[3rd August – 29th August 2020]


Keep an eye on this online event! Refugees As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) is hosting an online symposium from Monday 3rd August to Friday 29th August 2020, as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. The symposium will be featuring a series of live seminars with guest speakers and panelists discussing key resettlement issues.


Ethnicity standard classification: Findings from public consultation


Stats NZ has recently published the findings from public consultation relating to ethnicity standard classification. The primary aim of the consultation was to investigate the suitability of the existing classification in meeting current and future data needs of users. The report outlines key findings and the next steps.


Chinese Families Autism Support Group
[21st July 2020]


Disability Connect offers monthly Chinese Families Autism Support group with information and advice for Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking families raising children with Autism in Auckland. The July topic is “Conversation: Support for Autism from child to adult”. 


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