Programme to foster greater diversity in the state services (including intelligence work) gets under way

The spooks are becoming more diverse.

We say this not because we have blown their cover but because we were told so by the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Priyanca Radhakrishnan.

The Minister was enthusing about the the newly established graduate programme for ethnic communities, which begins today and will span several public agencies.

New Zealand has 213 ethnicities and more than 160 languages are spoken here, she said.

Ethnic communities make up nearly 20 per cent of our population.

The Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme will provide a pathway into the Public Service for skilled graduates from ethnic communities while improving cultural competency across the Public Sector.

Twenty-three graduates will start work across 12 agencies,

“…  including the intelligence community, as part of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019, which highlighted the need for more diversity across the Public Service.”

The first intake was originally set to be 15 graduates, but the positive response from agencies interested in being involved resulted in this being expanded.

“Graduates who come through this programme will be set up to influence and drive change that directly affects ethnic communities and the whole of New Zealand society, and I wish them all the very best,” Priyanca Radhakrishnan said.

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Further action to improve diversity in the Public Sector

The Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan has welcomed the first participants of the newly established graduate programme for ethnic communities, which begins today and will span several public agencies.


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The travel bubble pause with NSW remains in place.

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