By Thomas Manch on STUFF…

The Government has launched the Ministry for Ethnic Communities, a department aimed at improving inclusion and outcomes for a fifth of New Zealand’s population.

Ethnic Communities Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan officially opened the ministry at an event at Parliament on Thursday morning, attended by more than a hundred members and representatives of various communities.

The creation of the ministry was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. It will take on the work of its predecessor, the Office of Ethnic Communities, and become the “chief advisor” to the Government on matter involving the nearly 1 million people that comprise the ethnic communities.

“For the first time, we have a ministry, for the first time, we have a chief executive whose sole focus is the wellbeing of these communities, and … can really take what we hear through the community engagements that we do, and turn that into action

Read the full story on STUFF here.

Read the Government media release on the new ministry here.