Wellington's Victoria University played host to the second of three National Ethnic Communities Engagement Summits following the first held in Auckland. The summits aim to create stronger links between the different ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and with the wider community sector.
The theme of the summit was 'I know what the media tells you but: Do You Know Who I Am?, and was a candidly participatory event with discussion between panelists and the audience on the roles of diverse cultures in New Zealand society.
Human Rights Commission Strategic Communications Specialist, Christine Ammunson, participated on the panel - 'Ethnic communities and their representation by mainstream and ethnic media'.
The purpose of the Summit was:
- To create a platform for better understanding and engagement, and celebrate the role of the many cultural groupings within New Zealand society.
- To build a sense of unity among the many groups
- To explore how the groups can contribute to the life of the whole NGO sector, to the nation, and to the world.
- For the ethnic community to show the public, who they are, how they perceive other people, how they believe they are perceived by others