Level 1, 192 Tinakori Road
Thorndon, Wellington 6011
Phone: 04 916 9177
P.O Box 1409
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
Pancha was born in Malaysia and has now lived in New Zealand for 31 years. As a professional I am a management consultant. I am passionate about achieving settlement outcomes for migrants 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.
National Vice President: Ravindran Annamalai
Ravindran is a senior level manager in Sales and Marketing, Operations, Management & Production. He is a White Ribbon Ambassador and has been serving the Multicultural Council of Wellington as a Vice President since 2010. He has organized various multicultural festivals in Wellington, a highlight being his participation in the Festival of Carnival as part of Rugby World Cup. He was nominated as the Festival Coordinator for the Multicultural Concert “Treasuring Diversity.” Ravindran has organized 30 successful Tamil cultural events in Mauritius.
National Secretary: Amelia Longuet
Amelia has a BA in Politics and LLB from Auckland University and is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ. She has been the Association Secretary for what is now the Financial Services Federation, an industry group of non-bank financial Institutions and was a senior law lecturer at AUT. She left AUT to become Secretary of the Takeovers Panel and went on to be a Senior Lawyer at the Securities Commission. Amelia later went on to be the Team Manager, Overseas Investment Office (OIO), a job she held for 7 years. When she became ill, she left the OIO. On recovery she and her business partner started the School of Business and Public Sector Training (PST), which was appointed an All of Government Consultancy Services Panel Provider. PST is an overseas investment services consultancy and is also a professional development training company (not a PTE). Amelia was also a Trustee of Te Araroa Trust - the trust that looks after the walking trails from Caper Reinga to Bluff and is the current President of Kapiti Coast Multicultural Council. Amelia is passionate about ethnic women being accepted as community leaders as well as in business.
National Treasurer: Alexis LewGor
Alexis was born in Fiji and is of Chinese, German and Samoan ancestry. New Zealand has been her home for 30 years. She is the Immediate Past National President of Multicultural New Zealand and held the position for 3 years, a first for a female member of MNZ. She currently is National Treasurer. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Ethnic Council, (now Multicultural Rotorua) where she stepped down after 10 years as President and still continues volunteering.
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, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and recently was a finalist in the Westpac Business Excellence Awards for her services to community as an avid volunteer.
Alexis has worked for a number of Forestry Companies and currently now works at Fire and Emergency New Zealand, in Rotorua as Business Services Coordinator.
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.
Finance Administrator: Ling Xu
Ling immigrated to New Zealand in 2003. She graduated from Victoria University Wellington with double majors in Money & Finance, and Econometrics. She joined the Federation in 2014 where she does the day to day accounts management. She is married, with a son. She enjoys reading and cooking.