• 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.




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

      When: Sunday 28 October 2018 Where: TSB Bank Arena & Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington Time: 1...
      CATNZ coordinated the street performances for the Auckland Diwali 2018, the Queen street stage...
      This school holiday, CATNZ collaborated with Whau Local Board of Auckland Council, Auckland...
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    • The Team

      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.

      Francine Tan

      Programme Manager

      Francine is from Singapore. She has a background in Finance and was a Financial Consultant with one of the largest Insurance agency in Asia Pacific. Francine is the Programme Manager for CATNZ, aiming to reach out to the diverse communities through educational and cultural projects.

      Lea Abuyan


      Lea is a young professional with an interest in social policy and sustainability. She is currently working for Greenpeace New Zealand, and has also been involved with a range of community based organisations such as TearFund, Red Cross, Volunteer Service Abroad, and Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute. Lea is originally from the Philippines, but has grown up in New Zealand. She is the Communications Executive for CATNZ.

      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.


      Rikki Kumar


      Rikki is a student at the University of Auckland studying commercial Law and International Business. She is also working part time at TSB bank and is also a Team Leader for a mentor programme at the University of Auckland under the Arts Faculty, and has worked for many other social change programs. Rikki spends majority of her time traveling to different countries and pursuing her love for photography/videography to express the stories found around the world.


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