That’s Us - Race Relations Day, celebrating Wellington's diversity

That’s Us - Race Relations Day, celebrating Wellington's diversity

March 27, 2017

21 March was International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Hundreds of events take place throughout New Zealand showcasing the diverse cultures that make up our country, through dance, music and food.

That’s Us – Race Relations Day will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront. A fantastic free day out for the entire family, everyone is welcome to head along and experience the bright and exciting cultures that make up our diverse city. A huge variety of world class and local performers will be part of the programme, plus delicious ethnic food from ten local restaurants.

“The event contributes two of our strategic priorities: Creativity - celebrating the diverse arts and culture of New Zealand; and Diversity and Inclusion - encompassing different people, perspectives and their contribution.” Tayo Agunlejika, Executive Director, New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils.

The Grand Opening starts at 11am, officiated by Wellington's Mayor Justin Lester, and other dignitaries. Followed by local and international artists taking the stage; including world class modern fusion dancers flown from Malaysia, traditional and modern ethnic dance groups, choirs, Kapa Haka, old favourites such as Batucada and other top local acts. 

“Wellington is a diverse and tolerant city and we are very pleased to be able to host the grand opening of Race Relations Day. We want to build a city that everyone is proud to call home and that is accepting of everyone no matter who you are or where you come from.” Justin Lester, Mayor of Wellington.

This year for the first time, Multicultural New Zealand, New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Multicultural Council of Wellington have partnered to organise a national Race Relations Day celebration. An opportunity to demonstrate a national goal to successful settlement outcomes for refugees and migrants, inclusion and tackling racism and discrimination. The event is supported by Wellington City Council, NZ Police, Office of Ethnic Communities, and Ministry of Social Development.

The theme of the event is Koinā tātou: He aha ka tautokona e tātou? He aha ka whakahēngia? That's Us: What do stand for? What do we stand against?  This relates to the anti-racism campaign #thatsus currently being run by the Human Rights Commission.

“Race relations depends on everyday people, how we treat each other and whether it's with respect or not. This year we are urging New Zealanders to stand up for each other and to take a stand against racism.

Multicultural NZ and the many events hosted each year are touchstones for positive race relations and harmony.” Dame Sudan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner

“An event such as this highlights how, as a country we are growing into an exciting and vibrant place to live with an ever changing population.  Valuing Diversity is one of the core values of the New Zealand Police and acknowledges how the variety of language, cultural understanding, and belief systems, adds value to who we are, the response we provide and our engagement with communities every day.  I encourage all Wellingtonians to come along, learn about each other and enjoy each other’s culture and company.” Superintendent Wallace Haumaha, NZ Police

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Save the date:

Media Launch

When: 6pm, Tuesday 11 April

Where: Meeting room 1, Ground floor, Wellington City Council, Wakefield St, Wellington

RSVP: [email protected]   


That’s Us - Race Relations Day

When: 11am – 4pm, Sunday 23 April

Where: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront

RSVP: [email protected]

Human Rights Commission

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