Executive Council

Main office:

Anvil House, Level 3, Suite 9
138-140 Wakefield St, Wellington. 
Phone: 04 916 9177
Fax : 04 916 9178

Postal Address:

P.O Box 1409
Wellington 6011
Email: info@mnz.org.nz

The Federation is managed by an Executive Committee which is elected for a one year term. The Executive comprises five Office Bearer's: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Past-President. In addition there are 19 executive members, one from each Regional Council.


National President: Pancha Narayanan

I was born in Malaysia and have now lived in New Zealand for 31 years.  As a professional I am a management consultant.  I am passionate about achieving settlement outcomes for migrant that would be much better than what i received when I first arrived in 1986 in New Zealand.  I have been a member of the Multicultural councils since 1992.

Email: President@mnz.org.nz


National Vice President: Ravindran Annamalai

Senior Level Manager and has accomplished multiple-business with distinguished results seeking new challenge and opportunity to apply consummate Skills in Sales and Marketing, Operations, Management & Production. Raveen is a White Ribbon Ambassador and has been serving the Multicultural Council of Wellington as a Vice President since 2010. Organized various Multicultural Festivals successfully in Wellington. Most remarkable achievement was participating in the Festival of Carnival as part of Rugby World Cup and nominated as the Festival Coordinator for the Multicultural Concert “TREASURING DIVERSITY”.
Organized 30 successful Tamil Cultural events in Mauritius. Established a cordial relationship with THE TAMIL TEMPLES FEDERATION OF MAURITIUS.
• Organized more than 30 major programs in Malaysia especially for the Malaysian community.
• Organizing Chairman of Emerging Indian Entrepreneur Awards 2005
• Organizing Chairman of Indian Business Excellence Awards 2006
• Founder member of Wellington Mutamizh Sangam and served as the Vice President 2008/2016 (A cultural based society promoting Tamil language and Arts).
• Rotarian – since year 2002. Still active and served the following directorship - Sergeant of Arms, International service, Club services and Community Service Director of ROTARY CLUB OF KLANG, District 3310.” A PAUL HARRIS Fellow ”

Email: VicePresident@mnz.org.nz

National Secretary: Meggy Bartlett Mc-Bride 

I am from the Philippines and arrived in New Zealand late September 2005. I have three young children, one girl and two boys.
I am a qualified Beauty Therapist with a warm and friendly attitude. I have a strong commitment to advancing my skills and knowledge to help me deliver the highest quality of service to immigrants.
I am an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys a challenge and achieving personal goals I set. I am a dynamic individual with excellent team working and communication skills.
I have been a member of Southland Multicultural Council since 2006. Early May 2014 I became part of executive role of Southland Multicultural Council as a Secretary and now I am the current President.

Email: Secretary@mnz.or.gnz

National Treasurer/Immediate Past President: Alexis LewGor

 Alexis was born in Fiji and is of Fijian, Chinese, German and Samoan ancestry.  She is in her third term as National President of Multicultural New Zealand (NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils).  She was instrumental in the establishment of the Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Ethnic Council, (now Multicultural Rotorua). She recently stepped down as President of her local Rotorua Multicultural Council after 10 years. Alexis currently works at Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority in Rotorua as Business Support. In view of the importance of what culture places on maintaining a balance between the spiritual well-being of migrants and the quality of life, she is passionate about community and that each person is readily settled into the social, educational and economic fabric of urban and rural centres' across the district and nationally. She is a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, Rotorua District Community Award and recently was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Email: Treasurer@mnz.org.nz


Executive Director: Tayo Agunlejika

Tayo Agunlejika is a Nigerian born New Zealand Citizen and currently the Executive Director of Multicultural New Zealand (New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils) a position he has held for the past three years. Prior to heading the management position; he was the National President for three years and provided leadership, vision, strategic thinking and direction for the National Board, Regional Boards, Managements, Community Organisations and members.

Tayo has significant experience in community development, community engagement, relationship management, lobbying and consulting on policy and services and cultural intelligence, and have developed strong links to ethnic communities both at the grassroots and with ethnic national bodies.

In 2006, Tayo initiated and established the annual Upper Hutt Multi Ethnic Soccer tournament as a platform for ethnic migrant and refugee players and families to engage and network with mainstream communities and support agencies. He now coordinates the award winning National Communities Football Cup established by New Zealand Police.

He also initiated and contributed to the Noho Marae Induction Programme (Pathway to Citizenship); two nationwide community consultation workshops funded by UNESCO; 2014 Ethnic Small and Medium Enterprise Forum; the Multicultural March brand to promote nationwide Race Relations day celebration; the Labour Weekend Neighbourly Morning Tea campaign; and the youth resource kits App.

Tayo Agunlejika served on the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund Panel committee, Social Service Providers Aotearoa and Upper Hutt Creative Art board. His passion to is to make contribution to New Zealand been an inclusive society where migrants and refugees are successfully integrated into the mainstream, and settled-in participating and adding value to the socioeconomic and cultural growth of New Zealand.

Mobile: 021 0295 5148
Email: tayo.agunlejika@mnz.org.nz

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