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New Zealand Diversity Forum 2014 – Migrant and Refugee Employment: Valuing Diversity

Register:

You can register for the forum through the form (or via this link).

About The Forum:

2014 marks the 10th year anniversary of the New Zealand Diversity Forum, and this year the theme is – “Migrant and Refugee Employment: Valuing Diversity”. The theme was chosen to reflect the influx of migrant workers to the Canterbury region following the Christchurch Earthquakes, and this year’s forum offers a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the different needs and interests of the many different communities making up Aotearoa New Zealand.

The forum will see a variety of speakers, panelists, and participants sharing best practice, discussing practical actions, acknowledging positive contributions, and help participants understand the issues related to migrant and refugee employment. The forum will also provide participants with opportunities to network and be inspired.

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Forum Programme:

The 2014 forum includes a variety of keynote speakers, a number of special topic sessions focusing on key race relations issues, and will conclude with the 2014 New Zealand Diversity Awards. The forum is preceded by the 2014 Diversity Youth Forum. View here: Diversity Forum Programme

Forum Speakers:

The 2014 Diversity Forum will bring together thought leaders from a variety of areas including: business, government, and the community. The 2014 forum will also include a variety of speakers from organisations including: the Human Rights Commission, New Zealand Police, Christchurch City Council, Immigration New Zealand, and Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce. Pg 2 and 4 New Zealand Diversity Forum 2014 – Migrant and Refugee Employment: Valuing Diversity

Forum History:

The Human Rights Commission  organises an annual New Zealand Diversity Forum, which brings together individuals and organisations to share ideas and good practice on fostering cultural diversity and positive race relations.

It has a focus on practical action. It is  held towards the end of August to mark its origins following a community response to the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in 2004 http://www.hrc.co.nz/race-relations/te-ngira-the-nz-diversity-action-programme/history/.

The forum is held in a different centre each year, which has included Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton. The forum differs from many other conferences in that it is a cooperative enterprise with a wide range of other organisations each offering their own forums in the framework of the overall event.

Generally there are up to 20 forums offered by a wide range of national and local organisations on topics such as migration and settlement, refugee issues, cultural diversity, religion, languages, human rights, discrimination, and diversity in specific sectors such as sport, business, education. Key note speakers provide additional input. Pg5 and 6 New Zealand Diversity Forum 2014 – Migrant and Refugee Employment: Valuing Diversity

Contact:

For further information about the New Zealand Diversity Forum 2014, please contact Christine at: ChristineAllan@hrc.co.nz or 03 964 8710.

For information about the Youth Forum, please contact Jessica at: JessicaK@hrc.co.nz 04 474-2718

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