Race Relations

26-01-2015 - Stereotyping entire ethnicities as bad pet owners wrong and offensive

Type: Media Release

Sweeping claims by an SPCA spokesman stereotyping entire races as irresponsible people who don’t care about their pets are “unhelpful, wrong and incredibly offensive to a lot of people” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “The SPCA do great things but race profiling pet owners isn’t one of them. Some of us are great […]

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23-01-2015 - Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy’s interviewed with Al Jazeera

Type: News

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy was recently interviewed by Al Jazeera online. Here is an abridged version of the story they published. What are the social challenges New Zealand is facing relating to race and faith communities? The face of New Zealand is younger and more ethnically diverse than ever before. One-in-10 Kiwis are […]

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16-12-2014 - The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning – NZ Human Rights Commission & Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ

Type: Media Release

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission and Federation of Islamic Associations made a joint statement today. “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “Kiwi Muslims mourn for those innocent people who lost their lives today,” said Federation […]

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16-12-2014 - Australians show solidarity with Muslims through #illridewithyou

Type: Opinion piece, Other

In the wake of the tragedy that unfolded in Sydney, a single tweet and one small act of kindness towards a Muslim woman, inspired an online movement which saw thousands of people take a take a stand against anti-Muslim sentiment. The hashtag #illridewithyou, which has gone viral, saw social media users offer to ride on […]

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24-11-2014 - Race Relations Commissioner supports Chinese Kiwis heritage bid

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says people wanting to turn a shipwreck into a money making venture should have talked with Chinese Kiwi leaders and families first. “The SS Ventnor  is a burial ground, the final resting place of 500 men.  Ever since this site was discovered, Chinese Kiwis have been returning to honour their ancestors during the […]

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05-11-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns reports of racial abuse against Muslim New Zealanders

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has condemned reports of racial abuse against Muslim New Zealanders. Muslim leaders have reported a spike in racial abuse aimed mostly at women and children, many walking to and from school. “The Human Rights Commission is concerned for the wellbeing of vulnerable Muslim Kiwis some of whom are being wrongly targeted […]

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28-10-2014 - The Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand

Type: Media Release, Opinion piece

This Tuesday, 28 October New Zealand celebrates 179 years since the signing of the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand. The declaration was signed in 1835 by 35 Rangatira (maori leaders) and four British Residents. This declaration states the sovereignty (Te mana i te whenua) that existed in 1835 and was designed to promote and […]

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15-10-2014 - Dame Susan Devoy’s Speech to New Zealand Asian Leaders Inaugural Conference: “Race Relations: Where To Now”

Type: Speech

The Cube Auditorium, ASB North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter, Friday 3rd October 2014 In 1993 former Prime Minister Jim Bolger was ridiculed for suggesting New Zealand was an Asia Pacific nation. 21 years later and New Zealand is looking and behaving more like an Asia Pacific nation than a mono-cultural one. One of our top female […]

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09-10-2014 - Taking a stand epitomises the Kiwi fighting spirit – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says a Canterbury University professor who has spoken publicly against racist and sexist student behaviour epitomises the Kiwi fighting spirit. “It’s not easy to be the one who stands up and speaks out but Professor Veer is giving us all a very important lesson: even young people hold obsolete, […]

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26-09-2014 - Impressions of the New Zealand Diversity Forum: The Business of Diveristy

Type: Blog, News, Opinion piece

We invited two University of Canterbury Communications students, Kirsten Marsh and Alice McIlhone, to join us and capture their experiences of the forum. The first post by Kirsten Marsh focuses on the speeches given by community leaders:  Day one of the forum centred on: the representation of ethnic individuals and migrants in New Zealand: media, law, parliament, and the wider community. Day two followed […]

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