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Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme Update

March, 2012

Race Relations Report launch

The Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations, Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2011, will be released in early March to promote discussion in advance of Race Relations Day, 21 March.  

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The report will be launched at a function at the Auckland Town Hall, 9-10 am on 8 March with Mayor Len Brown and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.

NZDAP participants in Auckland are warmly invited to attend. Please RSVP to Josie Maskell at  DDI (09) 306 2655.

To view the review, and reviews of other areas released to date, visit the Commission's website.

Humm FM kicked off the celebrations with Holi 2012 Festival of Colours on Saturday 25 February. From now till the beginning of April there will be many events around the country linked to Race Relations Day 2012.

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International Women’s day walk

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, Wellington Women will Walk for Peace (WWW4Peace) from the Beehive at 12.30 pm culminating at the Civic Square with a short ceremonial signing of the 1995 UN Statement of Peace.

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The signed Statement of Peace will be presented to the UN Women in Geneva.

Come and join the Peace Walk, and if you are keen, wear your colourful or traditional costume (if appropriate). WWW4Peace is supported by the Human Rights Commission, Wellington City Council, National Council of Women of New Zealand, Victoria University’s Centre of Applied Cross Cultural Research, Society for Southeast Asian Communities, Inc., Filipino Artists in New Zealand, Inc., Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand and the Malaysian Post Graduate Student Association.

To register visit the WWW4Peace website or check out their Facebook page.

EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2012

The EEO Trust Work & Life Awards have been showcasing leading employers since their inception in 1998. The Awards have been influential in increasing awareness of the business benefits of supporting diversity and the benefits of helping employees meet their commitments at work and at home.

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There are five categories in the EEO Trust Work & Life Awards, with a Supreme Winner chosen from the winners of each category. The categories are:

  • Tomorrow's Workforce Award
  • The Diversity Award
  • The Work & Life Award
  • The Skills Highway Award
  • The Walk the Talk Award

Entries for the EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2012 close at midday on Thursday 17 May, with the Awards gala dinner taking place in Auckland on 30 August. Organisations of any size or sector can enter, whether or not they are members of the EEO Trust.

Go to the EEO website for more information.

Are you new to Wellington?

The Wellington Emergency Management Office (WEMO) is offering a free seminar on emergency preparedness on Thursday 29 March from 5.30–7pm at  Korimako (Committee Room Two), Wellington City Council offices Ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

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Topics to be discussed include:

  • the most common hazards facing the region
  • easy ways to get prepared for an emergency
  • how to become a civil defence volunteer

Spaces are limited – please register by Tuesday 27 March. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, phone 803 8330 or email settlementsupport@wcc.govt.nz.

A new award recognising the artistic achievements of a disabled or sensory impaired artist is one of six award categories in the Big ‘A’ Awards 2012, presented every year by Arts Access Aotearoa at a ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Parliament. Nominations to this year’s Big ‘A’ Awards are now open.

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The closing date is Friday 23 March 2012. The six award categories are: Big ‘A’ Artistic Achievement Award, Big ‘A’ Creative Space Award, Big ‘A’ Community Partnership Award, Big ‘A’ Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award, Big ‘A’ Prison Arts Leadership Award and Big ‘A’ Prison Arts Community Award. Each of the six awards has a nomination form. You are able to nominate yourself or others.

The Big ‘A’ Awards 2012 presentation will be held in the Banquet Hall at Parliament on 18 July. Last year’s awards ceremony was attended by more than 200 guests.

For more information and nomination forms, visit Arts Access Aotearoa’s website or contact Pippa Sanderson Ph. 04 802 4349 . Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 23 March 2012.

Pasifika at Auckland Libraries

Auckland Libraries offers you stories and legends of the Pacific, bi-lingual books, CDs and DVDs in various Pacific languages, plus language learning tools and travel guides.

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The Libraries’ Sir George Grey Special Collections holds internationally renowned Pacific taonga that you will not find anywhere else. There is something for everyone with activities for young and old, performances, highlights of Auckland Libraries' Pacific treasures, displays, specialised learning sessions and Storytimes with a Pacific flavour. Come and celebrate the Islands at your local library in March. 

For more information and event listings for over 100 activities in March please go to the Auckland Libraries website.

Caritas events in March

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to host the Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem Claudette Habesch for a visit to New Zealand from 24 February to 13 March 2012.

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Caritas Jerusalem is the humanitarian and development organisation for the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. Ms Habesch has led it since 1987.

Claudette Habesch will be a guest of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand for its Annual Lent Appeal (22 Feb – 6 April). She will be talking to parishes, church groups, social justice groups and schools and will be participating in a number of public events around New Zealand between 1-11 March.  Visit the Caritas NZDAP page for event details.

The Marlborough Migrant Centre has been trained by the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) to deliver the one day Intercultural Awareness and Communication (IAC) training programme to organisations in the Marlborough area and has successfully delivered two training sessions.

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The IAC programme was designed by OEA and aims to help workplaces and organisations increase their intercultural awareness and effectiveness and to enhance interpersonal communication skills.

This programme enables participants to develop more awareness of their cultural characteristics and those of others – so they can communicate more effectively across cultural boundaries.  The training focuses on using effective communication to build the kinds of relationships that lead to effective workplace interactions.

Date    :           Wednesday 29 March & Wednesday 4 April 2012
Time   :           8:45am-12:30pm,
Venue :           Room E1, NMIT Campus, 85 Budge Street, Blenheim
Cost    :           $35 per person

(Note: Workshop fee is not for profit; covers basic running costs only.)  Cost includes the IAC Manual for workshop participants. 

Registration closes Friday 23 March 2012 or when the workshop is full.   Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Once this workshop is full, we can arrange one full day or two half day sessions for individual organisations or let you know when the next training session is scheduled.

Contact Katrina Oliver for more information.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa originated from the principles and experience of the Know Your Neighbours Project, an initiative that started through a Takapuna Methodist Church and Lifewise partnership.

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Now in its second year, Neighbours Day Aotearoa is championed by a Neighbours Day Development Team from Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Neighbourhood Support New Zealand.

Wherever you are in NZ, mark 24-25 March on your calendar as a time to celebrate and get to know your neighbours. You can make a difference in your neighbourhood: Great neighbourhoods start with great neighbours.

What can you do?

  • Start now!  Get your neighbours, the street or whole community together to start planning what you’ll do together for Neighbours Day Aotearoa in your streets, and how to spread the word in your region.
  • Mark 24-25 March on the calendar.  On the day, you could knock on doors with home-baking, bring out the back-yard cricket, lean over the fence for a chat, put down a hangi or spark up the BBQ – do whatever suits your neighbourhood.  It just takes one person to get things going in a street.
  • You can help spread the word. Talk about Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012 to your workmates, friends, and family and of course – your neighbours.

Remember you don’t have to wait – everyday can be neighbours day. Join the movement! Help bring Neighbours Day Aotearoa to your place.

Visit the Neighbours Day Aotearoa website for more information.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is holding four EthnicA conferences in 2012.

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The conferences aim to:

  • inspire new ways of thinking and action
  • promote connections among people in the ethnic community and the mainstream
  • enable Ministers and government officials to engage with communities
  • encourage debate about ethnic diversity issues

Mervin Singham, the Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs says the EthnicA series will strengthen connections within ethnic communities and with the mainstream, foster bold debate and provide a platform for practical learning.

To register click on the highlighted links below:

The conferences are free and open to everyone. Check out the OEA Facebook page to get regular updates!

Deaf Awareness Course

Freedom Preston-Clark is urging all her friends and colleagues to take Deaf Aotearoa’s Think.Sign.Connect course.

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The Southern Development Manager for the Mental Health Foundation recently undertook the six week course and has come away with a far greater understanding of what it may be like to be Deaf. Deaf Aotearoa offers a range of NZSL and Deaf awareness courses including Think.Sign.Connect and Think.Deaf.Discover.

Think.Deaf.Discover is a workshop of 90 mins, four hours or a full-day.  The workshop provides training to businesses and organisations about Deaf culture, the Deaf community and overcoming communication barriers with Deaf clients including using NZSL and interpreters, to ensure all customers receive a positive experience.

Think.Sign.Connect is usually a 12 hour course run over six weeks.  It introduces individuals to basic NZSL to enable them to be confident when communicating with Deaf people.  As these courses can be tailored specifically to meet your organisation’s communication needs they can be of any duration.

To find out more contact Becky Hadfield 021 920 023.

Mandarin Corner汉语角

Mandarin Corner meets Saturdays (excluding school holidays), 3.15-5.00 pm, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.

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There is a topic for each session to stimulate interest. There are five sessions in March: 

  • 3 March   - NZ Children's Day (Sunday 4 March 2012)
  • 10 March - Plant Trees Day (12 March) Inspiration: It takes ten years to grow trees, but a hundred to rear/cultivate people.)
  • 17 March - World Consumer Rights Day (15 March)
  • 24 March - Going down to Yangzhou in the mist and flowers of spring (Li Bai) 
  • 31 March - Qingming Festival ( 4 April 2012, Ancestors Day)

All welcome. Gold coin donation.

Green Walk 2012

Rotorua Multicultural Council and Rotorua Newcomers Network will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday 17 March. 

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Dress up in green costumes or simply wear anything green and take a guided Cultural Heritage Walk with Rotorua historian Phil Andrews. Meeting place is at Rotorua Arts Village (1240 Hinemaru St.).

Face painting is available from 10am and registration will open at 10.30am. The guided Cultural Heritage Walk starts at 11am.  Tea will be available at the Arts Village after the walk. Cost: gold coin donation with spot prize for “Best Dressed”.

To register a walking group call/text Susana So (021) 1593601 or email rotorua@newcomers.co.nz.   This event is part of the Rotorua Walking Festival.

New Coasters activities in March

New Coasters will start their Social English Classes on Saturday 3 March from 9.30am.

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Come along to share experiences, practice and speak English in an informal setting, meet new people, make friends. There is a $20 registration fee which covers 1-5 lessons and includes refreshments.

The 2012 Children’s Day will be held the next day Sunday 4 March. There will be free entrance to the Aquatic Centre, reduced admission to the Regent Cinema, children and their families can enjoy fun events, face painting, scavenger hunts and a lot more at Dixon Park.

Fore more information visit the New Coasters page on the NZDAP website.

Canterbury Japan Day 2012

The Canterbury Japan Day 2012  will be held on Sunday, 11 March at Riccarton Park Event Centre and will follow the format of the popular Auckland Japan Day festival.

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Canterbury Japan Day will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Society. It will also recognise the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Japan and recognise the great loss of life and extensive damage caused by the Christchurch and East Japan Earthquakes.

NZDAP participants, New Zealand Mugai Ryu Dojo will participate in the  event and will demonstrate Japanese art and culture.

Visit the Canterbury Japan Day 2012 website for more information.

Law for Lunch is back

The Wellington Community Law Centre is organising “Law for Lunch” in March starting Wednesday 7 March, 12-1pm, at the Wellington City Library.

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Check out the poster for more information or email Alex Keeble.


The first instalment in the Slanted series tackles the hot topic of employee discrimination; cultural stereotyping and career competencies.

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Panel members share their work life experiences and discuss the myths and realities of workforce dynamics in contemporary New Zealand. Facilitated by cross-cultural trainer, Wong Liu Shueng, the dynamic lineup of speakers includes: Jilnaught Wong, Yik Kun Heng, Shawn Tan and Lin Zhuo.

Date    :           Wednesday 28 March
Time   :           Doors open 6.00pm for a 7.00pm start
Venue :           OGGB5, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland CBD
Cost   :           $10 (members); $30 (event + 2012 membership); $40 (non-members)
Dress  :           Smart business

You can RSVP  from 6 March  by visiting the Future Dragonz website.  The event is supported by New Zealand Asia Institute and Fairfax Media.

New Kiwi Women write their stories

Auckland Council’s Arts and Culture North Department, Albany Newcomers Network and Albany Co Incorporated, would like to invite women living in or around the Albany area who are new or established New Kiwis, to participate in a new workshop series.

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Over four weeks (one afternoon per week) between 12 March-14 April , participants will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills with professional guidance from an established female writer. These workshops will be led by playwright and poet, Renee Liang, along with award winning poet, Janet Charman, and novelist and graphic artist, Sarah Laing.

A variety of writing styles and interests will be catered for, including poetry, short story and essay writing. Workshops will be held in English.

Dates  :           Mondays 1-4pm on March 12,19 & 26 and April 2. Final Event 14 April 2012
Venue :           Albany House 575 Albany Highway Albany
Cost    :           Free for participants (bookings required in advance)

For more information about this programme and to make a booking please contact Matt Blomeley Ph 09 484 7913 or Uzra Balouch Ph 09 448 5363.

Museums and exhibitions

Check out the following events and exhibitions hosted by NZ Diversity Action Programme participant museums and galleries.

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Te Papa 

3 March Cook Islands Day

Encounter the arts of tīvaevae (quilt-making), drumming, and dance in this special day

9-10 March The Māori Troilus and Cressida 

See this very special te reo Māori version of Shakespeare’s tragedy Troilus and Cressida at Te Papa before it travels to play at London’s Globe.

13 March Xoobwen Fwaada 

Come along to this special performance of traditional Melanesian music by visiting New Caledonian group Xoobwen Fwaada

 For a detailed list of events visit the Te Papa website.

Museum of Wellington City & Sea

Death & Diversity

Death and Diversity exhibition open every day 10 to 5 until 26 June 2012. Explore the diverse rituals surrounding death through the experiences of members of Wellington’s Assyrian, Chinese, Colombian, Hindu, Jewish,Mexican and Muslim communities.

Check out their events in happening in March.For a detailed list of events visit the Museum of Wellington City & Sea website.

Te Tuhi

3 March -6 May What do you mean, we?

What do you mean, we? groups together an international selection of artists to examine prejudice in its various forms. Selected artists employ a range of innovative strategies from psychoanalysis to voluntary homelessness to expose or even transcend discrimination.

For a detailed list of events visit the Te Tuhi website.

South Taranaki District Council - Lysaght Watt Gallery

5-31 March Second Lives: Reinventing the Ordinary

Second Lives: Reinventing the Ordinary will present artworks by nine established and emerging artists from around New Zealand and examines giving every day objects a new purpose. One persons rubbish is another’s treasure – the show will feature a wide variety of everyday materials intended for other functional uses given a new poetic meaning.