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Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme Update

January, 2010

Many NZ Diversity Action Programme participants have already registered for 2010. You can check online to see whether your organisation has registered.

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While we will be in contact with participants, if you would like to register your organisation with the NZ Diversity Action Programme for 2010 please email us with your planned activities for 2010. You can also register online. Don't forget to let us know if you are planning an event for Waitangi Day or Race Relations Day!

The UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held each year on 27 January, and will be marked by a ceremony at the Jewish Cemetery at Makara, Wellington.

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The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Centre are among those who have organised the ceremony. Following this, the Anne Frank 'A History Today' exhibition will open at Te Papa on 11 February; the exhibition will stay in New Zealand for two years. The NetherlaNZ Foundation hopes to make the exhibition accessible to New Zealanders all around the country by designing an itinerary that extends from Whangarei to Invercargill.

Waitangi Day

Diversity Action Programme participants have planned a range of events and celebrations to mark Waitangi Day on Feburary 6.

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They include the Ka Pai Kaiti celebration in Gisborne; the Waitangi Day Kai Festival in Nelson at Whakatū Marae; the Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa community event in Hamilton; Waitangi, Whanau, Whanui in New Plymouth and the Festival of Elements in Porirua. Visit our calendar for details. If you or your organisation are organising an event to celebrate Waitangi Day, email us and we will publicise it on our webpage.

Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day 2010 on March 21 is coming up and we are compiling a calendar of events and activities being held to celebrate the date. Continue reading…

The theme for 2010 is 'It's About Us- Whānau' and everyone is encouraged to get active and do something to mark the day by learning, discussing or promoting diversity in your community. NZ Diversity Action Programme participants are organising all sorts of events, from music and cultural concerts to food festivals, sports events and poster competitions. Check out our online calendar and let us know if you or your organisation are planning a celebration.

Race Relations Report

The Commission is currently finalising its Annual Review of Race Relations for 2009.

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The review includes sections on Te Tiriti o Waitangi; discrimination and harassment; racial inequalities; diversity research; religious diversity; language; media; and migration and settlement. The draft religious diversity, language and media chapters are available for comment. Please email us with your feedback. If you would like one or more hard copies of the final report, to be published in March, let us know.

Treaty Debates Series

Te Papa is hosting the Treaty Debate Series 2010.

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Treaty scholar Dr Claudia Orange will chair the debate on the Treaty and the State over the past 40 years, presented by Professor Paul Spoonley with participation from Ranginui Walker. The first debate on 28 January will address 'Waitangi and the State- Evolution not revolution'. The second debate on 4 February will be on 'Waitangi and the State'. Both debates will take place at the Soundings Theatre, 6.30- 7.45 pm.

Treaty panel discussion and forum

Waikato Museum is hosting a Treaty panel discussion and forum on Te Tiriti Tatou Tatou- the Treaty for all on 28 January.

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Panellists include Sandra Morrison, Chairperson, Associate Dean of the School of Maori development at Waikato University; Dr Ingrid Huygens, research advisor and Treaty educator; Saburo Omura, PhD scholar researching how Asian migrants view the Treaty; Fungai Mhlanga, health promoter with the Waikato Migrant Centre; Minoaka Kapuaahiwalani-Fitzsimmons, alcohol and drug counsellor for Pacific Peoples Addiction Services.

The discussion and forum will take place from 6- 8pm at the Waikato Museum. Call 07 838 6606 to RSVP.

International Mother Languages Day

English Language Partners are celebrating both Race Relations Day and International Languages Day with the release of a poster entitled ‘Your mother tongue is a treasure- Use it every day’.

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International Languages Day falls on 21 February, and has been observed since 2000 as a way to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, and multilingualism.

Rasheed Memorial Trust study circle

The Rasheed Memorial Da’wah Trust have responded to demand for education on the fundamentals of Islam by running an eight week study circle.

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'The Essence of Islam' begins on 12 February: "From the basic elements to some profound thought provoking propositions from Islam, the Essence of Islam Study Circle is aimed to break misconceptions, reinforce Islamic Principles and shed proper light on what Islam really is." Visit the RMDT website to find out more.

Chinese New Year

February also marks the Lunar New Year and a number of NZ Diversity Action Programme participants are celebrating with festivals and events; the Canterbury Museum is hosting the Qiao Yi Lion Dance. See our website for other events.

so marks the Lunar New Year and a number of NZ Diversity Action Programme participants are celebrating with festivals and events; the Canterbury Museum is hosting the Qiao Yi Lion Dance. See our website for other events.

Absolutely Pasifika Festival Wellington

The Wellington City Council is hosting the Absolutely Pasifika Wellington festival again this year, on February 13 from 11am- 5pm.

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The day will feature performances from Cook Island, Fijian, Niue, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan and Tuvaluan communities, as well as Pacific food stalls and activities for the family. There is also a star act yet to be announced. Read the summer brochure for more details (p.6).

The Outward Bound Trust of NZ is running its annual Southern Cross multiethnic course for young Aucklanders of Māori, Pākehā, Pacific, and other ethnic communities.

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The young people are identified by their communities as having leadership potential, and attend the course to learn more about the cultural backgrounds of other participants. The course is happening at Anakiwa, Blenheim from January 31- February 20.

The NZ Chinese Association Leadership and Development Conference is happening this weekend.

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The event will focus on creating future leaders, as well as exploring culture, identity and communication. New Zealand personalities will share their experiences in academic, business, community, creative arts and media sectors.

Museum exhibitions

Diversity Action Programme participants have a range of exhibitions planned for the New Year.

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  • Canterbury Museum: Mō Tātou: Te Hokinga Mai opens on 28 February and is presented by Ngāi Tahu Whānui and the museum. The show is returning from Te Papa and will run alongside Mō Kā Uri showcasing Ngāi Tahu taonga and contemporary works.
  • Centre of Contemporary Art: Constructions, Paintings and Drawings by Hamish Wright and Michael Armstrong include reflections on the history of the former Soviet and the Russian cartoon 'Nu, Pogody!'
  • Pataka Museum: In Matawhero: Bullet Holes & Bandages Peter Adsett explores Tairawhiti history and reflects on the 'language of abstraction and the responses of Western artists to space in indigenous art' (until 14 March).
  • Pataka Museum: Mua ki Muri/ Intergenerational Creativity highlights the strength of contemporary Māori art.
  • Pataka Museum: Sleight of Hand- Lorene Taurerewa's charcoal works incorporate the stories of her Chinese, European and Samoan ancestors (until 7 February).
  • Te Papa: A Day in Pompeii shows what life was like in the Roman city before the eruption of Mt Vesuvius
  • Te Papa: Tapa: Pacific Style presents tapa from around the Pacific, including Hawai'i, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Niue, Samoa, Cook Islands, Uvea (Wallis) & Futuna, and Tonga.
  • Te Papa: Anne Frank- A History for Today opens on 11 February and includes Frank family photos, excerpts from Anne's diary, and a documentary of Holocaust survivors in NZ.
  • Te Papa: There are lots of great activities and events for children and adults over January, with a focus on Pompeii.
  • Te Tuhi: Rachel Walters sculptural arrangements subtly approach cultural identity, and the complication that a bicultural identity has upon her relationship with Māori and European cultures (until 31 January).
  • Waikato Museum: Face Value explores the experience of six individuals with Ta Moko (facial tattoos). Ta Moko demonstrations will be held from 15- 20 February.
  • Whangarei Art Museum: Baha'i Matyrs of Iran (until 7 February) is a multimedia exhibition of photographic images, sound recordings and a slideshow video.
  • Whangarei Art Museum: Ey! Iran presents contemporary photography from Iran by Iranian born and New Zealand raised artist Mandana Mapar.
  • Whangarei Art Museum: Te Huringa/ Turning Points: Pākehā colonisation and Māori empowerment shows NZ "art and historical responses to a new social order, and consequent reclaiming of old values" by contemporary artists in the mid- late 20th century. Opens 15 February.