Race Relations

21-08-2014 - Dame Susan Devoy’s speech to open Islam Awareness Week: 18 August 2014

Type: Speech

Greetings. Kia ora. As-salāmu `alaykum. I am honoured and delighted to be here with you to celebrate Islam Awareness Week. This annual event focuses on giving all New Zealanders the opportunity to learn more about Islam. To learn about Islam’s rich, history. And importantly to meet and get to know Muslim New Zealanders. I commend you all […]

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18-08-2014 - Islam Awareness Week for all Kiwis – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

This week Kiwis who are curious about the Islamic faith have the opportunity to visit a mosque, find out about the faith and meet Muslim New Zealanders. In her speech where she officially opened Islamic Awareness Week, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy commended Muslim community members and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New […]

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11-08-2014 - We have a lot of work to do – Race Relations Commissioner

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says “politicians making fun of an entire race of people isn’t new but it’s disappointing and shameful New Zealand political leaders are still doing it in 2014.” “We’re better than this and our political leaders need to realise that.” “We have come a long way as a nation in […]

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30-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues

Type: Media Release

In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our children to grow up in.” “Equating Maori New Zealanders to French aristocrats who were murdered […]

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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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