New Zealand Diversity Forum: 20-22 August 2006

National identity, cultural diversity and harmonious race relations will be the subject of a wide range of meetings and forums as part of the third annual New Zealand Diversity Forum.

Last year’s Diversity Forum at Te Papa attracted over 400 participants to discuss the ‘Challenges of Cultural Diversity’.

This year, the forum will consist of four elements: a National Youth Forum on Sunday 20 August; Sector and Professional Meetings, Information Forums; and Special Topic Forums, a Mayoral Reception on Monday 21 August; and a Plenary Session at Te Papa on Tuesday 22 August.

The national youth forum on diversity, Rangatahi ki te Rangatira, will gather young people from throughout New Zealand to discuss race relations issues and to develop their input into the remainder of the Forum, including a youth challenge to be presented at the plenary session.

The Forum is organised by the Human Rights Commission as part of the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme with support from the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Te Papa, UNESCO, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Social Development, the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Wellington City Council.

The programme features a wide range of expert speakers. Key sessions and events are as follows:

Monday 21 August

Sector and Professional Meetings including:

  • Media practitioners hosted by the Journalism Training Organisation
  • Museum and gallery staff hosted by Te Papa
  • Public library staff hosted by the National Library
  • Local government staff hosted by Local Government New Zealand
  • Diversity researchers hosted by the Victoria University Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research.

Information Forums including:

  • Outward Bound on its multi-ethnic leadership courses
  • The Office of Ethnic Affairs on its Intercultural Awareness and Communication Training Programme
  • The Changemakers Forum on the Wellington Regional Refugee Health and Wellbeing Action Plan
  • The Ministry of Health on Racial Discrimination and Health Outcomes
  • Te Puni Kokiri on the Maori Potential Framework
  • The NZ Police on their ethnic relations strategy
  • The Human Rights Commission on Dealing with Discrimination
  • The Human Rights Commission on Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Work and Income New Zealand on access to employment.

Special Topic Forums including:

  • An interfaith forum hosted by the Victoria University Religious Studies Programme
  • Women and diversity, hosted by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs
  • Cultural Diversity in the Arts, hosted by Creative New Zealand
  • Community Languages, hosted by the Office of Ethnic Affairs
  • Race Versus Need, Special Measures to Ensure Equality, hosted by the Victoria University Institute of Policy Studies
  • The Art of Weaving – from ‘them and us’ to ‘we’: Bringing Diverse Communities Together

Forum participants will be welcomed at a Wellington City Council Mayoral Reception on the Monday evening from 5.30-7.30pm. The reception will provide an opportunity to network and discuss the day’s activities.

The NZ Diversity Forum Plenary Session will be held at Te Papa on Tuesday 22 August from 8.00-5.00 pm. It will include a powhiri and celebration of diversity at Te Papa Marae, keynote speakers, a youth challenge, and an information bazaar with resource booths from a wide variety of organisations contributing to intercultural understanding and harmonious race relations.

For registration details, please email

Further information about the forum and the full draft programme can be found at

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