The NZ Diversity Action Programme: Te Ngira

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is a community initiative.  It began in 2004, in response to the outrage at the desecration of Jewish community gravesites in Wellington. The Programme has been active in promoting and encouraging positive race relations.

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme brings together organisations taking practical initiatives to:

  • recognise and celebrate the cultural diversity of our society (diverse)
  • promote the equal enjoyment by everyone of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, regardless of race, colour, religion, ethnicity or national origin (equal)
  • foster harmonious relations between diverse peoples (harmonious)
  • fulfill the promise of  the Treaty of Waitangi (Treaty-based)

The Programme is facilitated by the Human Rights Commission on behalf of all participants.

Visit the Diversity Action Programme calendar of events to find out what activities participants are undertaking this year.

Who can participate?

Any organisation can participate that supports the vision of culturally diverse, equal and harmonious Aotearoa New Zealand and is taking practical steps towards its realisation. This practical initiatives can be internal, capability oriented or focused on the wider community.  The projects can also be celebratory (eg. celebrating Race Relations Day, 21 March).

Participating organisations  include tangata whenua, ethnic, cultural and religious groups, multicultural councils, businesses, media, district, city and regional councils, government departments and agencies, research centres, educational institutions, health and social service providers, community service organisations, museums and galleries and advocacy groups.

Is there a charge to join the programme?

There is no charge for participation. The only costs  are those an organisation chooses to spend on its own projects.

What are the benefits?

Participants will benefit from:

  • developing a relationship with the Commission, with personal contact at least once a year.
  • opportunities to connect with organisations doing similar things.  Networks include media diversity, religious diversity, language policy and refugee issues
  • acknowledgement of contributions to a diverse, equal and harmonious Aotearoa New Zealand
  • receiving information on good practice, new ideas and events, including a monthly electronic newsletter
  • positive publicity on the Commission’s website about what each organisation is doing to promote positive race relations
  • being in the running to receive an award at the annual New Zealand Diversity Awards, a highlight of the annual New Zealand Diversity Forum . Only registered participants are eligible for these awards.

How does an organisation become a participant?

An organisation becomes a participant by registering programmes or projects that support cultural diversity, promote equality, foster harmonious relations or recognise the Treaty of Waitangi.

You can register online to become a participant in the 2014 Diversity Action Programme.

A profile of your organisation and your programmes or projects is posted here on the programme website.

Participants are welcome to use the NZDAP logo for registered projects and events.  If you have unregistered projects and would like to use the logo, simply update your website entry with new projects.

What kind of programmes or projects qualify?

Any programme or project, large or small, that contributes to a diverse, equal, harmonious and Treaty-based Aotearoa New Zealand. Registered projects include:

  • participation in events (e.g. Waitangi Day, Chinese New Year, Race Relations Day, Samoan Language Week, Matariki, World Refugee Day, Maori Language Week, Diwali, and other national and cultural days) either within the organisation or in the community
  • festivals, exhibitions, cultural performances and celebrations
  • promotion of diversity in the workplace and catering for the diverse needs of clients and customers
  • development of policies, programmes and strategies for diversity, equality, harmony and giving effect to the Treaty
  • community consultation and participation
  • assisting with the settlement of new migrants and refugees
  • educational programmes, research and publications
  • development and capacity building for diverse communities, including maintenance of cultures and languages and community wellbeing
  • workshops, conferences, forums on issues relating to diversity, human rights and harmonious relations
  • intercultural and interfaith dialogue and cooperation

Click here to view a list of Diversity Action Programme participants in 2014.  Please keep the Commission informed via email about your events and projects relating to the promotion of positive race relations. Keep a lookout for us on Facebook.

Signature Events

This is a list of key dates and public events that are widely celebrated in New Zealand. These provide opportunities to acknowledge diversity in the workplace, schools, the media and the community. A number of Diversity Action Programme participants use these occasions as a starting point for scheduling events, celebrations and diversity projects.

  • Waitangi Day: 6 February 2014
  • Chinese New Year: 31 January 2014
  • Race Relations Day: 21 March 2014
  • NZ Sign Language Week : 12-18 May 2014
  • Samoan Language Week: 26-30 May 2014
  • World Refugee Day: 20 June 2014
  • Mātāriki: 28 June 2014
  • Māori Language Week: 21-27 July 2014
  • NZ Diversity Forum: TBC
  • Islam Awareness Week: TBC
  • Diwali: 23 October 2014
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