April, 2011
ISSN 1178-0959
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Kia ora. Anei te mihi o te Kaihautu Whakawhanaunga a Iwi, mo nga mahi nui, mahi whakamana i te tangata i roto i nga kaupapa Whakawhanaunga a Iwi i Aotearoa.

Here are this month's acknowledgements from the Race Relations Commissioner for positive contributions to cultural diversity and race relations in New Zealand.

Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt

For Race Relations Day Activity 2011. The Peace Foundation extended an invitation to students within the Wellington region to participate in an afternoon set of workshops on 10 March. This was to learn about Race Relations Day, explore ideas for developing positive race relations in their school and community, and plan school-based activities to commemorate 21 March.

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Tainui Group Holdings Ltd, Hamilton

For bilingual signage at the Te Awa Shopping Centre, Hamilton. Te Awa is part of the Base, a massive new shopping complex developed by Tainui Group Holdings at Te Rapa in Hamilton and opened last year.

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ASB Polyfest organising committee

For ASB Polyfest, March 2011. Thousands of students came together and celebrated their cultures through song, dance, haka and speech on 16-19 March at the 36th annual Secondary Schools Māori and Polynesian Festival  held at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Manukau City.

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The Korean Society of Auckland Inc

For  Korean Day, March 2011.  Organised by The Korean Society of Auckland, Korean Day was held at the North Shore Event Centre on 19 March. Its aim was to enhance awareness of the Korean community amongst all communities in New Zealand.

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Community Radio Hamilton

For multilingual quake information. Community Access radio station Community Radio Hamilton has coordinated a project that is delivering essential quake recovery information across the country in multiple languages.

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Eastern Southland Newcomer’s Network

For the Gore Race Relations Day Event, March 2011.  Race Relations Day was celebrated at Hamilton Park in Gore on Friday night 18 March as the Eastern Southland Newcomer’s Network staged an a football tournament and an Argentinean BBQ.

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Refugees As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ)

For the New Youth Centre for RYAN. Over 200 people from diverse communities, agencies and backgrounds celebrated the opening of a new Youth Centre at Mt. Roskill, Auckland as a base for RYAN – the Refugee Youth Action Network on 24 February.

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Indigo Festival Trust and Waikato Times, Hamilton

For the Indigo Festival, March 2011. Hamilton’s Indigo Festival, coinciding with Race Relations Day, has become one of the most extensive multicultural events in the country, with a variety of events over eight days from Saturday March 19 to Saturday March 26.

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Palmerston North City Council and the Manawatu Standard

For the Festival of Cultures, March 2011. Another city that has a comprehensive cultural diversity programme coinciding with Race Relations Day is Palmerston North. Their Festival of Cultures is one of the oldest multicultural festivals, first being held 21 years ago.

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Mangere East Community Learning Centre and Mangere East Library

For the Mangere East Cultural Festival, March 2011.  The rain did not stop the Mangere East community from celebrating the finale of Pasefika Month and Race Relations Day on Saturday 26 March – the event was simply moved at the last minute from the Village Green to an open space in the neighbouring Mangere East Library.

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Owairaka District School, Auckland

For the Multicultural Day, March 2011. Schools all over New Zealand celebrated Race Relations Day in a multitude of ways. Owairaka District School in Auckland is a multicultural school in Auckland, and on Race Relations Day they held a Multicultural Day, which they described on their school website as follows:

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Neighbours Day Development Team

For Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2011. It is estimated that thousands of Kiwis made a difference in their neighbourhoods during the inaugural Neighbours Day Aotearoa on 26-27 March 2011. Neighbours Day Aotearoa is about encouraging Kiwis to make some time to celebrate our neighbourhoods and get to know our neighbours better. 

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If you would like to nominate a person or an organisation for acknowledgment please email positive.contribution@hrc.co.nz with the details.

For information about race relations visit the Human Rights Commission website www.hrc.co.nz.

On The Bright Side is part of the Human Rights Commission’s contribution to the NZ Diversity Action Programme. For further details and a registration form visit www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.