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Aotearoa Ethnic Network Events

Please find below a selection of events from the Aotearoa Ethnic Network.
ARFT Dinner
The Auckland Refugee Family Trust is holding a celebratory dinner for World Refugee Day and the 60th Anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention. it is being held at the Good Shephard School Hall, Balmoral, on Saturday 18th June at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. Booking details here.
EthnicA Conference Heads for Wellington
After a successful conference recently held in Auckland, Ethnica has now been scheduled for Wellington on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May.
Time 12:30 - 6:00 pm
Address: Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Taranaki St Wharf, Wellington
Entrance is free and everyone is welcome.
Please see the Ethnic Affairs website, or download a media release here
Zumba Love for Christchurch
There is a special Zumba fitness session scheduled for Friday 11 March at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall to support and fundraise for the victims of the latest Christchurch Earthquake. Click the poster for details.
 Zumba Love
Holi Mela Celebrations
The Waitakere Indian Association is celbrating Holi Mela with an event at the Trust Stadium grounds.
Sunday 27 march, 2011
12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
TRUST Stadium Grounds, Central Park Drive, Henderson
Free entry - ALL WELCOME
Download the flyer (pdf)
Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand AGM
Thursday March 3
6:00 pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
Details here
Concert and workshop by Cantor Robert Esformes
World-renowned Cantor Robert Esformes running two events in Wellington.
Concert: Saturday 26 March 8:00 pm
(preceded by Havdallah)
Robert's concerts are best known for his stirring performances of the Sephardic/Ladino repertoire - old Spanish love songs, ballads and prayer text settings. He also performs liturgical selections in Mizrachi modes, unique vocal improvisations on tehillim, Chassidic nigunim, and an occasional modern cantorial selection or two. His style is subtle, and his voice warm and entrancing. To hear sample tracks from his CD Mystery of the Shabbat, visit: http://cdbaby.com/cd/esformes. Youth from Wellington’s two Jewish congregations will lead the ritual Havdallah to mark the end of the Shabbat.
Sacred Voices Workshop: Sunday 27 March 2 - 4:30 pm
Sounding from the Source ...where breath and chant, kavanah and davening, text and meditation, sound and silence all come alive. This workshop is open to every person who enjoys singing, no matter their level of ability. It is a great opportunity for us to experience a different tradition from our own, and learn together from Robert Esformes
Tickets for each event are $25 with prior payment, or $30 at the door. You can purchase a ticket which will entitle you to go to both events for $40 by advance purchase.
Please make cheques payable to: Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation, and send your cheque with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Prue Hyman c/- Temple Sinai, PO Box 27-176 Wellington 6141
A teacher at the famous Eilat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center in upstate New York, Robert Esformes travels the world, a guitar over one shoulder and a prayer shawl over the other. He has been closely associated with Rabbi Schachter Shelomi who said of him: "…with his training in the liturgical music not only of the Ashkenazim but also of the Sepharadim and Eidot haMizrach, he raises the souls and hearts of those who worship with him… As an artist and educator, he empowers people to find their own creativity."
For ten years, Robert was employed by Montclair State University's Institute for Critical Thinking, where he served as visiting specialist, as editor of the Institute's journal, Inquiry and as adjunct faculty in Education, English and Philosophy. Ordained Chazzan by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi under the auspices of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, he has served for many years as a cantor, concert performer, counsellor and Jewish educator. Besides his Jewish studies, he participates in interfaith gatherings (both with Buddhist and with Christian communities). In his teachings on Jewish mysticism, he includes simple meditation practices.

Robert was the Editor of the classic Gate to the Heart: An Evolving Process (1993) Reb Zalman's classic primer on Jewish mystical practices.

8th National Interfaith Forum
NZ Interfaith Group is holding the 8th National Interfaith Forums, 26 - 28 Fenruary 2011, Wellington.
Details here.
2010 Asian Nutrition and Physical Activity Forum
Asian Physical Activity: What we know, where we are heading.
27 October, 2010
Sorrento in the Park
There is a great lineup of speakers and a range of presentations on offer, not tomention Ruth De Souza staring in the lead role of MC!
Attendance is free, but you must register before October 22. Visit the website to register and download the forum programme and speaker profiles.
Contact Julia Lyon (National Coordinator, Agencies for Nutrition Action for more information), for more information
I Love Christchurch Concert
Let’s rise to the occasion and go along in support of our people in Christchurch.  It promises to be an awesome concert and what a great cause to show we care from Auckland.  We all know of someone in Christchurch whether they are family, friends or through our working relationships.
What an awesome way to show our support from Auckland. Let’s spread the word far and wide. AND yeessss ACTION - Buy a ticket!  Get a group together and make it a night out. There are
some yummy eating places in Manukau City the home of Pacific Telstra Clear Events Centre.
Monday Sep 27, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm at the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre
Asian Youth Health Meeting
The Asian Network Inc is holding a general network meeting on Wednesday 16 June to focus on the social, mental, and physical issues of Asian Youth in New Zealand, at the FicklingCentre in Three Kings, Auckland. 
Forum for Indian Youth and Parents/Adults
Our young people represent our aspirations and hold our future leaders
Who are they?
There are over 100,000 Indians in New Zealand; 23% were born in NZ There are approximately 32,000 Fiji Indians 94% of young Pacific people live in urban areas The 2006 Census shows approx one-fifth (20%) of the total NZ population are aged 12 to 24 years There are 25,395 Indian youth (10-24yrs) in NZ There are 17,995 Indian youth in Auckland Region
General issues facing youth in NZ
  • Lack of plans for when they leave school
  • Employment prospects
  • Family relationships and domestic violence
  • Family socio-economic status; access to education and health care
  • Self-image, self-esteem
  • Alcohol and drugs; binge drinking males and females
  • Increasing involvement in violent crimes

Issues facing Indian youth

Fitting in to NZ society - Who am I?
Disconnection from mainstream but very connected to each other Peer pressure & self styled youth gangs Both parents working and apparently unable to be involved in supervision and support Lack of extended family support Lack of positive role models Risky behaviours: (young males) binge drinking, drug abuse; (young females) poor body image, poor nutrition habits Emerging in crime notifications Lack of culturally appropriate, trained mental health workers to deal with higher levels of depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, especially among female Indian students
Shanti Niwas Hall
12 Spring St
(Next to Dolphin Theatre)
10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Contact: Anurag Sharma
Migrant Youth of New Zealand Conference
During Youth Week, 2010, Shakti is organising a day of workshops for young migrants and refugees to get together,m share their experiences and talk about issues that affect them in an open and comfortable environment.
Attendees should be between the ages of 15 and 21, of Asian, Middle Eastern, or African descent.
Kelston Community Centre
135 Awaroa Rd
Waitakere City
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thrusday 27 May, 2010
Get more information from Migrant Youth New Zealand, or register here.
Following the successful workshops held over the last fortnight, Funky Oriental Beats is delighted to announce the lineup for the concerts, this Thursday and Friday.

The time: 7.30 pm - 10 pm (approx)
The dates: Thursday 15 + Friday 16 April
The place: Limelight, Level 3, Aotea Centre, CBD Auckland
The cost: $15 full, $12 students, beneficiaries, industry card holders, groups of 8 or more    ..plus $1 ticketing charge if bought at the door, slightly more if booked in advance
Buy: at door on the night (doors open 7 pm), http://www.buytickets.co.nz/, 0800 BUY TICKETS, Aotea Centre box office
The lineup: Dance, pop, cabaret, poetry, rap, contemporary classical, jazz... ..innovative original pieces straight from the heart of the Auckland Asian Community.
Details of program:
Jessica Fong  - pop song with hip hop and break dance choreography, Jamie Banks –Poetry to piano and percussion, Jessica Tsai - Piano contemporary original compositions, Renee Liang – Poetry to piano and erhu, Leigh Fitzjames +Eli Moore – Cabaret songs to live piano, Erik and David- Drum and Sax, Hong Yul Yang- Piano freestyle, Jai MacDonald – spoken word, David Tsai (DVRDCT) – Rap, Julian Sammy(Threat1) – Rap, Common people (trio)- Jazz/rock/pop covers.


As well as beats from leading DJ Jeremy Young  and visuals from emerging and established Asian artists.


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