This year's Race Relations Day theme "Big Change Starts Small" was created by a Vietnamese Kiwi who had lived in Auckland for less than a year when he won last year's Race Unity Speech Competition.
"Secondary school student Thai An Vo's winning speech captures the spirit of positive race relations and human rights: Big Change Starts Small," says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
"Positive race relations don't just live in a document at the United Nations, they must live in our communities, suburbs and lives."
This year's te reo Maori theme is the proverb "Itiiti Rearea, Kahika Teitei, Ka Taea" - "The smallest bellbird is able to climb to the heights of the tallest Kahika tree."
"New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse nations on earth and yet we are also one of the most peaceful nations on the planet. This is something I'm grateful for and proud of but it's also something we can't take for granted," said Dame Susan.