26 Aug 2013

First Muslim conference to be held in NZ in November

10:58 pm on 26 August 2013

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says plans are underway to hold New Zealand's first Muslim conference in November.

She says not only will it celebrate the different ways the Muslim community contributes to New Zealand society but will also discuss contemporary challenges.

This week is Islam Awareness Week and encourages New Zealanders to learn about the faith of about 50,000 people who live and work in New Zealand.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs will work alongside the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand to organise the forum, which will be sponsored by members of the Muslim community.