Ethnic Advisory Group
Ethnic Advisory Group (EAG) members are Kiwis from non-English speaking countries. A member sits on the National Board, and a Board representative is co-opted onto the EAG. The EAG informs the Chief Executive and National Board on refugee and migrant issues. The EAG was established in 2002. Read a brief history of the EAG.
I am a coordinator at the ELP North Shore Centre. I have a broad range of work experience in global companies, including various coordination roles. Before migrating to New Zealand, I lived in Seoul, South Korea.
Joanne (Aijuan) Song
Ever since I came to Hawkes Bay from China in 2017 due to family circumstances and got to know ELP, I have benefitted enormously from this organization in my region in Napier. All the beautiful people I have met there have encouraged me, guided me and supported me to explore a new journey in a new country. This has been helping me start my first job as a worker in a home care centre, my second job as a Mandarin teacher in a local High School and my current job as an administrator in HBDHB (Hawkes Bay District Health Board). Hopefully I can give my contribution back to this nourishing and inclusive organisation at my best.
Ku Reh Nga
Mingalaba, I am Ku Reh Nga from the Kayah State in Myanmar and I now live in Porirua with my wife and some of my children. I have five children and four grandchildren. I came to New Zealand via a Thailand refugee camp where the United Nations trained me to be a teacher of my mother language and I taught in both the camp and neighbouring villages for about 20 years. Since arriving in New Zealand I have worked for English Language Partners Porirua as a Cultural and Language Assistant and I am a member, formally a leader, of the United Democratic Burmese Community (NZ) Incorporated.
I’m a Colombian lawyer and I came to study a Master in NZ, but being a volunteer at ELP has being one of the most rewarding personal adventures in my life. This is an amazing journey of shared experiences of determination, collective work and resiliency.
I moved to New Zealand from France with my family in 2001. I integrated my studies of Philosophy, Literature and Social Practice in my many careers which include counselling, teaching and chocolate making. I now run the Auckland North Newcomers Network, but my greatest achievement are my 2 sons Noé and Olivier.
Formerly a teacher, I am a self-motivated and driven learner who has recently made a career switch into tech via a Master of Software Development at Victoria University of Wellington.
I am a self-motivated person who is willing to take on responsibility to deliver key outcomes. I particularly like to volunteer my time into projects that support teaching, learning, and skill-sharing.
I have lived in New Zealand for many years and in that time developed a keen interest in community engagement and civic participation. My background includes Small business start-up and management, volunteering and working in the Non-For-profit sector, Adult education, Coaching and Training. I sit on Non-For-Profit boards and Public sector Advisory groups.