About Minority Voices
About Minority Voices
Minority Voices is a bold new TV ONE documentary series that gives new New Zealanders the chance to introduce themselves to wider Aotearoa in their own words.
This series is driven by new New Zealanders, the many migrant and refugee groups who are enriching Aotearoa today. The poignant programme reveals the issues faced by our emerging communities by presenting a collection of insightful personal stories.
New Zealand's cultural landscape is changing. The arrival of migrants from the furthest reaches of the globe and our UN commitment to resettle and provide for up to 750 refugees a year is creating a vibrant multicultural community. In our most recent census, 38,000 New Zealanders culturally identified themselves as Middle Eastern, Latin American or African. It is these groups, along with a broad range of migrants outside the wider Pacific/ Asian region, who feature on Minority Voices.
Many of these emerging communities thrive in their adopted country, enjoying our political security and the educational opportunities on offer. Some enjoy success selling their traditional food, arts and crafts or find themselves in demand with employers through their unique expertise.
Others find life less satisfying, struggling through the language barrier to accomplish basic tasks such as buying food, finding a home and seeking medical help, or more challenging issues such as seeking trauma support, negative stereotyping and difficulty in earning a sustainable income.
Minority Voices provides an authentic voice for new New Zealanders. Every episode is made up of three crafted documentaries, the stories from the mouths of a migrant group or individual. These thoughtful profiles give viewers a rare insight into the lives, hopes, fears and dreams of diverse communities along with challenging many commonly held perceptions.
We explore life then and now for our country's Islamic slaughter man, for the Russian family of artists counting down to their citizenship ceremony, for the tango dancing Turkish architect who's making her mark on Christchurch, for REAF - the language school with a unique family focus, for the teenage Somali refugee dreaming of taking the alternative rock scene by storm, and the Cambodian mother braving her first birth in New Zealand - Minority Voices is full of entertaining and informative stories as diverse as New Zealand is today.