Aotearoa, we all belong | ELPNZ

Aotearoa, we all belong

27 January 2017

'We all belong in Aotearoa New Zealand' is the inspiration for this poster about our multicultural nation. 

The design features a map of New Zealand with the words: ‘Aotearoa, we all belong', translated into 30 of New Zealand's community languages.  Burmese, Hindi, Samoan, Chinese, NZ Sign Language and Te Reo Maori are included, as well as space for people to write the phrase in their own language if it isn't there.

Aotearoa - we all belong' poster

This  poster is for International Mother Language Day (21 February) and Race Relations Day (21 March), with the Human Rights Commission and UNESCO both supporting the initiative.

English Language Partners New Zealand (ELPNZ) and the Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) are behind the poster highlighting New Zealand's diversity.

The 2013 Census identified New Zealanders as increasingly multilingual, with a reported 737,910 people able to speak two or more languages. The country's growing diversity was also signalled through the 11.2 % of people who now identify with more than one ethnic group.

"There are so many ethnicities in our country today; together we all make up the unique place that is our New Zealand," said Nicola Sutton, Chief Executive of ELPNZ. "The map's different written forms represent us as a nation in a creative and colourful way."

Sunita Narayan, President of CLANZ said: "It's exciting to think our country has grown so much in its diversity over recent years. We all have a place here. Today's Kiwis speak a myriad of languages and enjoy and share the variety of cultural celebrations and international cuisine."

Contact us to order a copy of the poster - details under

Poster order information

$10.00 North Island
$15.00 South Island

Up to 5 posters can fit in 1 postal tube. (For the one charge!) 

How to pay:
1) Online: You can pay the P+P directly via online banking:
Where depositing money directly into our bank account, please add your surname as a reference. 
Account number 06-0507-0017792-10
Account name English Language Partners New Zealand
2) Cheque: send us a cheque written out to English Language Partners NZ - post to PO Box 12 114, Wgtn If you'd like a receipt, please email with the following details: 1) name 2) address 3) amount of P+P 4) date you made the deposit.