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Let’s Talk About Race Relations

Have you faced racism? Were you a victim? Were you a perpetrator? Were you a bystander? The links below are to websites to help you think, share and talk about racism. There’s a separate section below with teaching resources.




Race Relations
In March 2015 the Commission's first Podcast covered race relations in New Zealand. The show featured Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, Shirley Wright, Jane Song and Nicki Reece. You can listen to it here.
National Identity
In April 2015 the Commission's Podcast covered national identity and what it means to be a Kiwi. It features interviews with: James Liu, Mike Grimshaw and Bev Watson. You can listen here.
Migrants in the Rebuild
The Commission's December 2015 Podcast featured host, Sally chatting with guests Lana Hart and Delia Richards on the Christchurch Rebuild, and the migrants that are working there. You can listen here.
Pasifika Cultural Identities
In October 2015 the Commission's Podcast covered what it means to be 'Pacific' in New Zealand. Sally discussed the topic with Sera Thompson of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Josiah Tualamali'i from PYLAT (Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation) and Maria Pasene of Pegasus Health. You can listen here.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
The Commission's June 2015 Podcast Sally was joined by Natalie Baird, Rebekah Armstrong and Birian Habte to discuss refugees and asylum seekers. You can listen here.


Teaching Resources



A guide to celebrating Diwali 

The Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) has developed a guide to celebrate Deepwali called, Celebrating Deepawali – A guide for official functions.

The guide aims to provide essential information about the festival and how to celebrate it in an authentic and a culturally appropriate way at your function – be it private, public or at your workplace.

The guide was launched in collaboration with the NZ Police at the NZ Police National Headquarters on Sunday 14 October as part of a Deepwali lunch event for international tertiary students.

Known as the festival of the lights, Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. It is the time for lighting small oil lamps (diyas) and candles and placing them around the home and setting off fireworks.

Download the Guide to Celebrating Deepavali