Race relations

Give Nothing To Racism 2017

In 2017, a campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance was launched by some of the country’s most well-known people: www.givenothing.co.nz.

How we treat other people defines what kind of country we become and what kind of person a New Zealander is. Iconic Kiwis stood shoulder to shoulder with the Human Rights Commission asking us all to give nothing to racism, to give it no tolerance, to give it no acceptance and to give it no welcome. 

Overseas and closer to home, racial intolerance and overt attacks are becoming more visible. Around 1 in 3 complaints to the Human Rights Commission are about racial discrimination but the evidence suggests that the majority of people never complain when they’re discriminated against or abused.

Hatred and extremism is too normalised in some parts of the world and we want to avoid the spread of prejudice in Aotearoa. Racial prejudice and intolerance can manifest in small ways, in quiet places, in our everyday lives. When normalised it is often expressed as overt racism and extremism.

We live in one of the most ethnically diverse nations on the planet – as well as one of the most peaceful. To keep it this way will  depend on us, on every New Zealander who has a role to play in our future. Racism starts small but so too does hope.

Give Nothing to Racism 2017 was the second stage of an ongoing, nationwide anti-racism campaign. The Commission launched a website in 2016 that enabled everyday New Zealanders to share their personal stories of racism. It allowed people who don’t experience racism or prejudice to hear from people who do. To date, ‘That’s Us’ has reached more than 3 million people. See more: www.givenothing.co.nz

Voice of Racism Experience 2020

In 2020, the Human Rights Commission built on these campaigns. Phase two of Give Nothing to Racism is called Voice of Racism: www.voiceofracism.co.nz

Based on real-life experiences of racism in this country, the campaign aims to further raise awareness of racist behaviour and the harm caused to those on the receiving end of it. The interactive experience relays a range of racist comments and actions alongside the inner thoughts and feelings of people experiencing those comments and actions.

By raising awareness of the harm caused by racism, the campaign is also intended to spark discussion about how racism affects people’s fair and equal access to health, employment, justice, housing and education.

Alongside the interactive Voice of Racism there are help and information sections to support people who have experienced racism and to explain the impact of the remarks and actions and the harm caused.