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Auckland, New Zealand


About Us

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About Us

Empower its members in facing life’s challenges in New Zealand.

The Cordillera Region of the Philippines has six provinces,- Abra, Apayao ,Kalinga,Benguet, Ifugao and Mt. Province and one highly urbanized city – Baguio City. This region is home to various indigenous peoples collectively called “Igorots”. The richness of our heritage and culture gives us one unique identity – ” Our way of life in the highlands”.

Since 1995, group of families from the Cordilleras in Auckland gathered around the dinner table to share food and stories from their great expectations and life experiences as migrants in New Zealand. This communal gatherings always culminated with the beating of the gongs,-“Gangsa” and the different Cordilleran dances.
The encouragement from one another paved the way to create an official organization, originally named “Igorot Organization of NZ”. Through the years, the group has evolved and the need to change the group’s name was inevitable.


OCNZ thrives in the principle and objective of identifying itself as an avenue towards empowering its members in facing life’s challenges while at the same time maintaining and strengthening Cordilleran cultural roots.


Mother’s Day 
Cordillera Day 
Father’s Day 
OCNZ Christmas

Community Service:
– Fundraising for victims of disasters in the Philippines
– Cultural performance, Annual Philippine Independence Day performance
– Sports and cultural dance competition, annual Filipino Labour weekend reunion
– Group representation
– Celebration of Filipino churches and religious fiestas

Support to members:
Welcome new members and their families.
– Auckland area/group representatives connect new migrants to members within the area for support and mentoring.
– Promote on OCNZ FB page like job vacancies and rental properties
– News and updates from the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand.
– Facilitate collection of financial support for bereaved members.
– Coordinate participation of the next generation and senior members in the activities.

Helped Fund 78,743 Projects in 30 Countries, Benefiting Over 7.6 Million People.


Members and Supporters

Our Missions and Goals


Empower its members in facing life’s challenges in New Zealand. 

To preserve, promote and strengthen the culture of Igorots/Cordillerans. 
To advance the interest of and welfare of the members of OCNZ. 
To contribute to the development and progress of New Zealand.


Connecting All Over The World

Cordillerans we are connected with

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Proud Members and Volunteers


OCNZ Officers 2023-2024

Myriam Dangatan Benito
Vice President
Edgar Rondan Calapati
Jane Colos, Jeanne Atiwag
Julie Gangawen Langgato Manaa
Ellain Bayongasan
Coordinators/Group Representative:
North Shore
Jane Marzan, Melody Palicos Galao
West Auckland
Audrey Agusdan Celino, Hannah Gail Antolin-Warren
Central Auckland
Lourdes Valentin Domilies
Southwest Auckland
Maribeth Aquino Malubay, Mark Soliba
East Auckland
Nancy Caligtan Cabedo
South Auckland
Romalyn Buking, Francis Pul-oc
Next Generation
Charlotte Aludos, Gabrielle Galao, Hyrro Pal-og
Mountain Province
Shirley Guiguit, June Madalang
Maricel Santiago Dammay, Basilio Banggawan
Joel Timmango Leon
Rafael Toyan