Welcome to the Aotearoa Ethnic Network Journal!

The AEN Journal is an online journal, published three times per year. It publishes commentaries and critical perspectives from those in or involved with ethnic and religious communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The AEN Journal promotes critical debate on issues facing migrants and refugees, ethnic diasporic and religious communities. The Aotearoa Ethnic Network promotes and connects ethnic communities in New Zealand. We are proud to be a partner in the Human Rights Commission’s New Zealand Diversity Action Programme and to play our part in making a positive contribution to race relations in New Zealand.

Wairua Consulting were one of eleven organisations to receive awards from the Human Rights Commission recognising their outstanding contribution to positive race relations in New Zealand over the past year. The awards were presented at the New Zealand Diversity Forum in Auckland on August 28th 2007.

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Special issue: Faith and ethnic communities

The fourth issue of AEN Journal focuses on faith and interfaith issues. It brings together a range of writers to provide debate and critical comment on the role of faith in developing civil society. New Zealand's ethnic and religious diversity has grown dramatically over recent years and growing interest in cultural diversity needs to be matched by discussions about this country's religious diversity if stressors caused by religious and ethnic differences evident overseas are to be successfully avoided or negotiated here. Whilst religious participation by Pakeha New Zealanders has been steadily declining, changes to immigration policy have resulted in the growth of both diasporic religious traditions (such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and so on) and the invigoration of Christian denominations. Faith-community organisations are seen by many as a tremendous resource of energy and commitment playing an important part in the development of civil society. Trusted religious or ethnic community organisations are often a key gateway for new New Zealanders to relate to their wider community. What are the implications of the demographic and political changes occurring in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere?

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Volume 2, Issue 1
April 2007

Special issue: Information technology and ethnic communities

This issue of AENJ is about potential. It’s about the way the internet and mobile telecommunications are changing the way our society thinks, links and functions.

Access to the information and communication channels available through these networks puts us in a new space, where New Zealand’s tyranny of distance is both diminished and amplified. The internet makes globalisation a reality but it magnifies the local and it has enormous potential to connect and support communities, particularly those who are otherwise disadvantaged.

In this issue, we’ve attempted to present a range of perspectives that show the potential for how ICTs can be harnessed by different communities–whether they are communities of place, interest, faith or ethnicity.

We hope that this will energise and inspire, helping ethnic communities generate new collective ideas about the value, function and potential of ICTs. Our hope is that the writing in this issue will inspire and educate, demonstrate some good ideas and help some of us to make fewer mistakes. Above all, we hope it will motivate ethnic communities in Aotearoa to recognise the value of ICTs and seize every opportunity to adopt and use them effectively.

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Feedback on the third issue

"I just read your editorial. Absolutely provocative, stimulating, edgy, simply excellent!! I am going to reference it in my speech on April 19th to a large group of nurse faculty who receive government funds to integrate health information technology into nursing practice - the missing piece that I can discern in their approach is how the Internet can be used to mobilize communities because information is power and in this age access to information hinges on access to the Internet. You illustrate this so well in the editorial. I will offer the website link to the conference participants too." Tawara Goode (Washington D.C. USA).

"I noted the wonderful issue you put together for the AEN journal on ICT and Ethnic Communities. Congratulations on raising the profile of the benefits of technology in Ethnic and religious communities – I found the issue both interesting and informative." Rachel Harrison Communications Manager NetSafe - The Internet Safety Group (NZ)

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Volume 1, Issue 2
November 2006

Special issue: Creativity and ethnic communities

National identity is one of three strategic policy goals set by the Government and something that is being taken seriously. This issue is suffused with contributions from writers, poets, artists, creative organisations, museum folk, film, documentary makers and more who are committed to ensuring that the experiences of all who live here are reflected in our broader cultural spaces. Creativity not only builds bridges and creates understanding within and between people, it also provides, as Julie Roberts says, “a space within which the dissenting voice, the subversive position, and the critique of the dominant paradigm can be challenged”.Thanks to Creative New Zealand for launching this issue.

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Feedback on the second issue

"I loved the AENJ, it is a way to affirm and expose issues and perspectives often otherwise overlooked" Yo Heta-Lensen (NZ)

"Another imaginative and culturally rich publication! Thanks and congratulations. I have skimmed over the articles to start with and read Ian Clothier’s paper properly and enjoyed it. Certainly resonances with and lessons for British society too. But it’s the vivid image that the whole journal gives that is so impressive." Suman Fernando (UK).

"There is a great deal of diversity, relevance, honesty and authenticity in the articles that is refreshing! I think you guys have really hit on something here!!" Rhoda Sherman (NZ).

"Congratulations on the AEN Journal! Finally, an intelligent journal that speaks to us about what matters!" Sou Chiam (NZ).

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Volume 1, Issue 1
July 2006

AENJ is about communication; telling our stories, giving our views and having our say. It’s a theme that goes right across the articles in this issue. Joris de Bres sets the context in his Guest editorial. He outlines some of the issues leading to the development of the Diversity Action Programme and a strategy for thinking broadly but taking personal responsibility for diversity, wherever you might be. Thanks to the Human Rights Commission for launching this issue.

Feedback on the first issue

"The AEN journal has been brought up as an excellent example of opening up dialogue and increasing understanding of diversity in two different forums I have been at lately. Finally read it myself and I can only agree!" Jill Conway (RMS, Auckland)

"I was impressed by your choice of writers from a diverse background and the many thoughtful topics spotlighted in the first issue. It seems truly an ethnic journal - not an easy thing to achieve." Eddie D'Sa (UK).

"I am sure East African readers will join me in congratulating Ruth and Andy for their commitment, energy and leadership in bringing this new publication to the market. The fact that it is available online without a charge is a reflection of their selfless approach to their work." K Singh Ajmal (UK).

"Such a publication has been long overdue, meeting a niche that other publications have attempted to occupy but have not quite cut the mustard. Congratulations and all the very best with the Journal. Because it has courage and confidence it will endure and be regarded as a leading voice." Roger Brookes (NZ).

"Congratulations! Wonderful to see the journal out!" Rina Tagore (NZ).

"I am very impressed so far with the quality and choice of articles for the AEN Journal. Hopefully this journal will be read not only by NGOs and interest groups but by government ministers and officials. Congratulations on this initiative." Elizabeth Walker, Auckland Refugee Council Inc (NZ)

"Just to let you know how impressed I am with the new journal. It is no mean feat to pull together a publication of this quality - congratulations to you and your team". LL (NZ)

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