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Multicultural New Zealand

The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils Inc. was established in July 1989 as an incorporated, non-government body, which acts as an umbrella organisation for the ethnic communities of New Zealand. The Federation's primary role is to promote, support and share information among the Regional Councils and New Zealand's Ethnic Communities. The challenge for NZFMC is to provide an opportunity for people from all segments of New Zealand's diverse society to address the challenges facing our multicultural communities on the threshold of the 21st century.

"Ethnic" means pertaining to or relating to any segment of the population within New Zealand society sharing fundamental cultural values, customs, beliefs, languages, traditions and characteristics, that are different from those of the larger society.


Vision, Mission and Values


A multicultural New Zealand where people of different cultures and beliefs live safely and in harmony.


To represent and support multicultural councils and ethnic, migrant and refugee communities through leadership, partnership, capacity building and service delivery.


Diversity, Inclusiveness, Equality, Participation, Collaboration, Service to the Community.








The Treaty of Waitangi

The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils has made a commitment in its Constitution to raise the consciousness among ethnic communities of the needs, aspirations and status of Maori. The Federation believes that New Zealand is a multi-ethnic society in which the Maori have special status as tangata whenua (people of the land) and special rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.

In three short paragraphs, the Treaty:

  • provided for the British to establish a government and make laws in New Zealand;
  • guaranteed Maori the continued ownership and control of their lands, forests, fisheries, homes and other assets; and
  • accorded Maori the full rights of British citizenship.
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