Czechs across the country running language and culture schools for their children want to teach them contrasting life in New Zealand and life in the Czech Republic through their first publication; a bilingual children's book titled "Annie and Johnny's Diary. Lynda Chanwai-Earle attends a classroom session in Wellington to learn more.
Since the 1880s hard-working Chinese have been at the heart of the fruit and vege business in New Zealand. That history has been captured in a new book and one family's story stands out ... 80 year-old Nancy Young of Ngok & Nancy's Fruit Ltd in Balclutha. Ian Telfer and Lynda Chanwai-Earle with this story.
New Zealand's first steelband festival is the backdrop for the rich cultural and spiritual links between Maori and Caribbean Islanders, they're celebrating their ties through their protest music. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is at the festival to learn more.
Following #MeToo and #TimesUp, the NZ film industry is feeling the impact of change and now twenty global female directors have been selected for the Alice Initiative for prestigious studio directing gigs in Hollywood. NZ's own Roseanne Liang is on this list.
Indian families are marrying their drug addicted sons to young women and then paying for the woman's study in New Zealand as a pathway to residency for their sons. Fearing for her life, one woman speaks out.
A Life Like This: Critically acclaimed, Cambodian Filmmaker Isiah Tour's animation about his father surviving the Khmer Rouge, extraordinarily, will go back to Cambodia, Isaiah and his father talk to Voices.
Award winning Indian-Samoan artist Tiffany Singh installs two massive and ground-breaking art works for the launch of Te Papa's new Toi Art Gallery. She uses the arts as a vehicle for health and empowerment among the most vulnerable communities across New Zealand. Voices gets a sneak preview.
Under the RSE scheme Ni-Vanuatu, or ni-vans make up the lion's share of the workforce in Marlborough's grape growing sector. Johnny Blades went to Belnheim to learn that while the ni-Vans relish the opportunity to earn valuable remittances, there are signs of disquiet about the workers' personal rights.
A New Zealand company recruiting seasonal workers from the Solomon Islands has faced threats and extortion while there. What impact could this have on New Zealand businesses and the migrant workers under our Recognised Seasonal Employers, or RSE Scheme? Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Hawkes Bay to find out in a three part Voices special with Johnny Blades from RNZ Pacific.
It's been called ecology of dignity: poor organic farmers in the Philippines in partnership with New Zealand businesses. In the first Voices for this year Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets the woman making it happen.
Don't take the women and children out of the home - put the man in a safe place instead. A ground-breaking 'early intervention family violence facility' for South Asian men in Auckland is proving so successful a second is planned for early 2018. Lynda Chanwai-Earle with the last Voices for this year.
The exodus of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh has become an urgent humanitarian crisis. Orphaned children are among the thousands flooding the refugee camps and overwhelming UN and Red Cross teams on the ground. Lynda Chanwai-Earle and Justin Gregory bring you this week's Voices and a disturbing first-hand account from an aid worker.
From Zero to 1 percent of our population: our Filipino communities are surprisingly diverse, distinctly different from each other and also surprisingly the 3rd fastest growing Asian population in the country. Filipinos here share their thoughts on their diverse communities and also their views on current issues unfolding in the Philippines with Lynda Chanwai-Earle in this week's Voices:
In July 2015, international student Rinku Deol walked into the office of his local MP, dowsed himself with petrol and threatened to set himself alight. The young Indian man claimed he was being harassed and exploited by his education provider and his case made headlines here and in India. Rinku speaks for the first time about what happened that day and what led up to his desperate attempt to get help.
In this week's Voices: building, cooking, growing but especially sewing from recycled material to make good; Wellington's Sew Good Cooperative and their global mamas from Syria, the Pacific and Indonesia tell Lynda Chanwai-Earle why it takes a village to raise a community:
The new government means new faces: Lynda Chanwai-Earle is at parliament in Wellington to suss out what has changed regards ethnic representation amongst the new MPs and to meet New Zealand's first ever former-refugee and Iranian woman MP in this week's Voices.
What did Latino American and award winning entrepreneur Lili Gil Valletta have to say when she met with President Donald Trump? And what does the "Brown Elephant - Latino market" have to do with New Zealand's economy? International powerhouse Lili Gil Valletta tells Lynda Chanwai-Earle why New Zealand should never underestimate its own minority communities.