Race Relations

18-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission urges Police to meet with whanau over noho marae search

Type: Media Release

Reports of a night raid by Police officers from Taranaki on children staying overnight at Stratford’s Whakaahurangi Marae are disturbing says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “What is clear is that we have some traumatised kids and their whanau wanting to know why they were lined up in the middle of the night in […]

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14-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission thanks Hamilton woman for calling out racial stereotyping

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has thanked a young Hamilton woman for going public after being subjected to racial stereotyping by supermarket workers in her home town.  “Sadly what happened to Rikki Cooper isn’t new but it highlights something that’s faced every day by everyday people,” says Dame Susan. “After being hounded and humiliated, […]

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11-07-2014 - Time for everyday NZers to stand up for the Refugee

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy urges New Zealanders to stand up for the refugee. “Let’s replace the barbed wire of refugee camps with our own No. 8 wire mentality. Let’s be there for some of our planet’s most vulnerable children, families and people,” she said. “If there was a World Cup for nations that […]

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10-07-2014 - Dame Susan Devoy’s speech at the National Refugee Resettlement Forum, Thursday 10 July

Type: Speech, Viewpoint

Nga mihinui nga mihi mahana kia koutou katoa. Acknowledgments and warm greetings to you all. I would especially like to welcome the relatively new representative from the UNHRC Thomas Albrecht..welcome to our part of the world, the Deputy CE for Immigration Nigel Bickle and the Ian Axford fellow Jody O’Brien. I’d particularly like to thank […]

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09-07-2014 - Learning Te Reo: One Word At A Time #TeKupu

Type: Blog, Opinion piece, Viewpoint

As Māori Language Week nears, Race Relations Commissioner and Māori language student Dame Susan Devoy says instead of making a maunga out of a molehill we should look to our kids for inspiration. Tracing my whakapapa or family tree is something I’m looking forward to and there are some awesome people who are going to […]

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04-07-2014 - Stop making a maunga out of a molehill

Type: Blog, Opinion piece

Some Tauranga locals including our Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy have been unhappy at a local paper’s campaign against the correct spelling and pronunciation of a local Māori place name (here). Here’s her response:  Spelling words properly isn’t about being PC. It’s about spelling. Right now in Tauranga, a few are making a maunga […]

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20-06-2014 - HRC welcomes NZ Rugby’s partnership with UNICEF

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed New Zealand Rugby’s international partnership with UNICEF that was announced today. “Sports can go places and do things that no law or policy ever can,” said Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “Here in New Zealand rugby does just that.  It’s a sport that’s engrained in our communities, families […]

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20-06-2014 - NZers encouraged to support World Refugee Day

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission encourages all New Zealanders to recognise the significance of World Refugee Day and the journeys thousands have gone through before they were able to call New Zealand home. “You don’t need to be born here to call New Zealand home: for 70-years more than 30,000 people forced to flee their homelands […]

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19-06-2014 - Ease up on the drink, behave with mana and enjoy the Rugby

Type: Media Release

Ease up on the drink, behave with a bit of mana and enjoy watching the All Blacks, hopefully, beat the English rugby team. This is the simple but timely advice the Human Rights Commission has for New Zealand rugby fans ahead of the third and final test at Hamilton on Saturday. The first test in […]

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19-06-2014 - Blog: Launch of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup

Type: Blog, News

Dame Susan Devoy recently attended the official launch of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand at Shed 6 in Wellington. The event was organised by the FIFA U 20 World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee along with the Embassy of Brazil and coincided with the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Brazil (Brazil versus […]

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