United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

Click here for information about UNESCO’s interest, commitment and advocacy of cultural diversity. This site also contains information on various international conventions, events, and programmes aimed at supporting and celebrating cultural diversity.

Annual Review of Race Relations

In March every year the Commission publishes a report that surveys general developments in race relations in New Zealand over the previous year, collates key data, analyses complaints and provides an overview of race relations research.  You can view copies of the Annual Review of Race Relations here.

New Zealand Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

New Zealand is a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and is required to report every five years on its compliance with the convention. In July 2005, the Government submitted its 2000-05 report to the United Nations CERD Committee. The report (Word doc 632kb) covers a wide range of initiatives and developments. While recognising that there continue to be significant challenges in terms of social and economic inequality between different ethnic groups, the report is generally positive about actions being taken and expresses a government commitment to ongoing action. The five-yearly reporting process provides an opportunity to consider both the main developments in race relations in the past five years in New Zealand and the most significant challenges for the future. The committee will be considering the NZ report in August this year.

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

This is a link to the United Nations’ website on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The convention was adopted and opened for signature and ratification by General Assembly on 21 December 1965. New Zealand signed the Convention on 25 October 1966 and ratified it on 22 November 1972.

2006 Census

The 2006 Census gives the most recent statistics on the composition of New Zealand Society. QuickStats About Maori was released on Race Relations Day in March, and QuickStats about Culture and Identity was released in April. These provide an important and useful resource for people wanting information about cultural diversity in New Zealand.

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This is New Zealand’s online encyclopaedia. ‘Te ara’ in Māori means ‘the pathway’. It is a rich resource of information on the people and environment of New Zealand. Te Ara is divided into five sections, among which are New Zealand Peoples and Maori New Zealanders. Together they provide a wealth of information on New Zealand’s diverse peoples.

Treaty of Waitangi

This is a link to NZHistory’s website on the history of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Statement on Religious Diversity

Since 2004, the Human Rights Commission has supported the development of a Statement on Religious Diversity. The Statement is intended to encourage dialogue between diverse faith groups in order to foster harmonious relations among these groups. Public consultation on the Statement took place from 15 December 2006 and a revised version was issued in February 2007. A small booklet has been published on the Statement, which includes an additional commentary to reflect the discussions that have taken place so far. You can order a free booklet at

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