• Empowering Multicultural Communities



    The Communities Action Trust (CATNZ) was established in 2008 with a vision of empowering the multicultural communities in New Zealand.


    We aim to meet this vision through arts activations, community services, outreach programmes, training, educational initiatives and projects. CATNZ promotes social inclusion and the well-being of diverse communities.


    CATNZ is particularly successful at promoting community participation and cultural awareness through festivals and community engagement programmes.


    CATNZ believes that the values of being inclusive, empowering, compassionate and having integrity are integral for every individual.

  • About Us


    Empowering multicultural communities


    To promote social development and multiculturalism through arts, community services, outreach programmes, training and educational initiatives and projects for the social inclusion and well being of diverse communities.







      Promote community participation and cultural awareness by providing a platform for activities and events such as cultural festivals, expositions, conferences and community engagement programme.


      Collaborate in the provision of social services with a multicultural focus.


      Organise and participate in events, workshops, seminars, fora, conferences, expositions, training and educational programme(s).


      Provide advice, support and services to contribute to effective settlement and resettlement of individuals and communities in order to enhance community empowerment and development.


      Facilitate cultural retention by organising and teaching a variety of arts, cultural activities, classes, events and programme.


      Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights 2020

      UPDATE at LEVEL 1 - Updated Time (3pm to 8.30pm)

      The Diwali festival will return to the TSB Arena and Shed 6. The festival is scheduled on Sunday, 25 October 2020 from

      3pm – 8.30pm (please note updated time of the festival).


      Highlights of the festival will include

      diverse Indian vegetarian food stalls,

      traditional and contemporary dance, music and fashion, arts, crafts, henna and information stalls. The event will conclude with dazzling fireworks by the waterfront at 8.30 pm.




      CATNZ produces, manages and coordinates high quality diversity focussed festivals, events and activations. Highlights of recent events:

      Wellington wrapped up the 2019 Diwali Festival of Lights on Sunday, 24 November at TSB arena and...
      This school holiday, CATNZ collaborated with Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board of Auckland Council,...
      12 avril 2019
      A group of women from diverse ethnicities came together and met weekly for social connections. 
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    • The Team

      Board of Trustees

      Sharron Cole QSO


      Sharron Cole is the CEO of the Midwifery Council in Wellington. She had also served as the Director of the Catholic Education Centre in Wellington and prior to this, Sharron was the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission. She is an active supporter of the wider ethnic communities and is also very active within the parenting sector.

      Murali Kumar JP

      Founding Trustee /

      Operations & Events Manager

      Murali Kumar currently works for the Auckland Council as a Place Manager, developing and implementing community based programmes for the wider and diverse communities in Auckland. He is also the founding Trustee, Operations & Events Manager for CATNZ.

      He has worked for the Wellington City Council on numerous projects. Murali also served as a Community Relations Advisor with the Families Commission, and as a Relationship Manager with the Ministry of Social Development in Wellington. Since 2005, he has been actively involved in the events sector producing and organising numerous diversity based events for the Wellington City Council and other agencies. Murali is a justice of the Peace.

      Sultan Eusoff JP

      Founding Trustee

      Sultan Eusoff is the Chief Executive of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand. He is well connected with the diverse communities in New Zealand. He is also the founding trustee of CATNZ. Sultan is originally from Singapore and worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore) for more than twenty years. Sultan is also a Justice of the Peace.

      Dr George Thien


      Since joining the academia more than fifteen years ago, Dr Thien, a Senior Lecturer has taught papers in various disciplines, such as the professional Masters paper, Managing Organisations and People, and coordinated the paper, Management of Small-Medium size enterprises (SMEs), and supervised students in undergraduate and post graduate studies.. In addition to his academic teaching at the Auckland University of Technology, Dr Thien’s area of research and publication are related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and entrepreneurship. To supplement his academic pursuit, Dr Thien is actively involved in business mentorship for SMEs (in conjunction with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce) and as an evaluator/judge for business competitions in New Zealand, as a volunteer. Dr Thien is a Past Leader/Chairperson of the Auckland South East Asian Community, a non-governmental organisation. Prior to joining the academia, Dr Thien’s business experience include the following; Branch Manager of a commercial bank, Manager of a Merchant bank, Lead Auditor of AOQC International, ISO9001 Consultant, Business Consultant/Trainer, Business Franchisor/Franchisee. Dr Thien holds a BSc (Hons) degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from universities in the UK, and a PhD in CSR from Auckland University of Technology, NZ. With the unique combination of academic qualifications, teaching, and practical business-related experiences, Dr Thien has much to share and contribute to the community.

    • Operations Team

      Francine Tan

      Programme Manager

      Francine is from Singapore. With a multicultural background, she is passionate about bringing people from different ethnicities together.

      Jyothi Murali

      Communications & Events Executive

      Jyothi is originally from Singapore and grew up in New Zealand. She is a student at the University of Auckland completing her honours in Politics & International Relations. She is currently working as a part time Sales Advisor and as a mentor for first year Arts students at the University of Auckland. Jyothi has been involved with CATNZ with communications and admin work and supporting the delivery of events since 2008.


      Rachael Jones


      Rachael is a student at Victoria University of Wellington studying Economics, Politics and Anthropology. Currently she is working part time at the Electoral Commission while spending her spare time volunteering for various organisations across Wellington. Rachel has a keen interest in Events.



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