August 2007

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Buddhist temple hosts ethnic seminar

East Tamaki’s Fo Guangshan Buddhist temple hosted day one of a two-day Auckland-based professional development seminar for Police titled ‘engaging our diverse ethnic communities’.

Organised by Kefeng Chu, Māori Pacific Ethnic Services, PNHQ, and Asian Liaison Officers, the seminar aimed to improve Police understanding of what works in relation to ethnic community safety issues.

The seminar aimed to improve Police understanding of what works in relation to ethnic community safety issues.

Attendees at the ‘engaging our diverse ethnic communities’

seminar, held at the Fo Guangshan Buddhist temple in East Tamaki, Auckland.

“By holding a professional development seminar at a Buddhist temple, we’ve shown our willingness to take a different approach with ethnic communities,” says Kefeng.

A number of themes were explored during the seminar, including closer relationships with ethnic communities, recruitment, and better leading and influencing other staff to respond to ethnic community needs.

The session began with a Buddhist prayer led by Abbess Manshin, followed by Acting Auckland City District Commander, Superintendent Brett England, who opened the seminar and reaffirmed Police’s commitment to better-understanding and serving ethnic communities.

His Excellency the Governor General of New Zealand, The Honourable Anand Satyanand talked about his family’s migration and settlement in New Zealand which mirrors the nation’s evolution toward a more diverse and inclusive society.

“His speech inspired and encouraged Police staff to further enhance our relationships with the diverse community members we serve and continue towards safer communities together,” says Kefeng.

NZ Police is well advanced in its work with ethnic communities - including providing safety and legal information in a range of languages on the Police website.




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