Race Relations

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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25-09-2014 - First Impressions of the New Zealand Diversity Forum: Speeches from community leaders

Type: Blog, Event, Opinion piece, Viewpoint

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:  The opening of the Forum was an exemplary showcase of the values of the diversity forum.Representatives of Ngai Tahu began with a karakia and […]

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23-09-2014 - Queenstown taxi driver courageous – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says “people like Queenstown taxi driver Ganesh Paramanathanwas who go public and shine the spotlight on racial abuse are courageous and do so on all our behalf. They make our country a better place to live in by standing up to racial abuse and demanding change.” This afternoon a […]

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19-09-2014 - Changing face of New Zealand should be reflected in mainstream media newsrooms – Race Relations Commissioner

Type: Media Release

With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday 21 September. “The changing face of New Zealand needs to be reflected not just in our communities but also in mainstream […]

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02-09-2014 - HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out about humiliating treatment

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse. Irie Te Wehi-Takerei was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at The Warehouse near Auckland Airport recently. “Irie did nothing wrong and was publicly humiliated by staff. Even when it was clear she did […]

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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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