Author(s): Jumoke Giwa (ed.)
Multicultural New Zealand was formed in 1989 as a co-ordinating body for the regional multicultural councils being formed in different parts of New Zealand. Its aim is to serve as a national pan-ethnic advocacy group, and twenty-five years on it has become the umbrella organisation for ethnic migrant and refugee communities, promoting opportunities for equal participation in New Zealand society. Multicultural New Zealand has 19 regional councils and four national councils for business, seniors, women and youth.
Jumoke Giwa started her career as a freelance journalist in Nigeria in 1988. She has worked in the media, corporate, educational and community sectors over the last 26 years in Nigeria, Canada and New Zealand. Jumoke is currently a PhD candidate in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where she is conducting research on the use of digital media for community engagement. Jumoke started volunteering with Multicultural New Zealand in 2013 as a project manager to produce the organisation's 25th anniversary documentary film and book.