This site was created for you. An organisation for all Africans living in New Zealand. A place where information is shared. A forum for ensuring mental sustenance for future generations. The link between Africa and New Zealand. Our home away from home. ACOFI will only become what we want it to be when we all pull together with that African spirit that we are well known for. Let’s be enlightened and participate in New Zealand life. This is our home now. Let us teach our children about their origins so that they have roots and they can grow strong. Let us allow our children to learn about the New Zealand way of life so that they can have wings to fly and excel in life.
AUCKLAND AFRICA DAY 2016
Saturday 28 May
ACOFI 2016 Annual General Meeting
ACOFI will be holding its Annual General Meeting on the 14th of May 2016 at Wesley Community Centre from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. A pre-AGM community forum; Thinking Africa, will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm where speakers from Immigration NZ, NZ Police, DHB, and CYF of MSD will be giving short presentations. In this AGM, a new president for ACOFI will be elected as well as executive officers. Please come forward with the names of nominated members of your communities for vacant positions. PART 3, SECTION 2 of The Constitution is about the Appointment of the Executive Committee. You can find a copy of The Constitution here.
The vacant positions are:
2. Vice President
3. General Secretary
5. Community Liaison and Events Officer
6. Public Relations Officer
7. Youth Affairs Officer
8. Women Affairs Officer
9. Elected ordinary member 1
10. Elected ordinary member 2
African Youth Forum 2016
African youth make a significant contribution to the educational, social and cultural landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand. Although their numbers are small, they are a significant percentage of the African population. Africans in New Zealand account for just under 1% of New Zealand’s population, have a median income of $18,800 with 85% of youth holding NCEA level 3 qualifications, and 75% having completed a university or tertiary qualification. In spite of their high rate of qualifications, 39.69% of Africans are unemployed. Like their community, African youth are a diverse population in many ways including citizenship, country of origin, length of residence, religious affiliation, age and reasons for migrating. In spite of their low numbers in the population, African youth present stories suggesting a disproportionate rate of encounters with the police. Currently, there are no publicly available or accessible data or statistics on the rates of arrests, incarceration or criminal offending among African youth and, as such, it is difficult to determine the extent of their involvement with the New Zealand justice system. A research titled "African Youth Experiences with The Police and The New Zealand Justice System" was initiated by African youth themselves who believed that their encounters with the police were discriminatory and dissimilar to the frequency, approach, treatment, and outcomes of their Pakeha peers’ encounters with the police.
On Saturday the 5th of March 2016, a forum was held in Wesley Community Centre in the presence of African leaders and youth, civil community, researchers, and The Police to discuss the outcomes of the report. The report was presented and a panel discussion was carried out where African youth voices were heard as well as the police opinions on the matter. The African community is determined to follow up the recommendations of the report as they believe the forum is just the start of a long path towards equality and justice.
The full report can be viewed Here.
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY
Miss & Mr Africa New Zealand (MANZ) 2015
AYTS (African Youth Talent Showcase) Christchurch 2015
Thank you so much for your continuous support and contribution to our research titled: African youth safety and experiences with the New Zealand justice system. There is an opportunity for you to come and support Associate Professor Camille Nakhid and Guled Mire when they present some of the findings from the research at the Aotearoa NZ Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence 2015 on Friday, 4th September 2015 at 10:30 AM (Day two, session three).
The two-day conference will take place on Level 0 of the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland City Campus of the University of Auckland. The rooms will be clearly signposted as you enter the main entrance of this Faculty. Please click here on teh following link more infomation http://tjaotearoa.org.nz/?page_id=35
AUT African Students Club
African Film Festival New Zealand (AFFNZ) 2015
The African Film Festival New Zealand (AFFNZ) 2015 is brought to you by the African Film Festival New Zealand Trust.
WHEN: 9-15 April 2015
WHERE: Rialto Cinema, Newmarket, Auckland
It is t first African Film Festival in New Zealand and the organisers have planned seven magical nights of the best contemporary cinema, with ten films from across the continent. The festival will showcase drama, comedy, documentary, music and children’s genres, bringing New Zealanders together to be entertained and inspired by the passion and dynamism of African film. The AFFNZ will join the international circuit of African Film Festivals, helping to foster relationships between Kiwi and African film makers. The world’s biggest Pan-African film festival, FESPACO, are now official partners, along with the Royal African Society’s Film Africa in London, New York African Film Festival and Tokyo African Film Festival.
For further information, contact: KEY CONTACTS:
For AFFNZ Facebook page, please click HERE
Please feel free to invite family, friends and anyone who might be interested to learn about career opportunities within the NZ Police.