Race Relations Day 21 March 2018

A global and local touchstone for positive race relations and human rights

New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse nations on earth and we are also one of the most peaceful: it's up to everyday New Zealanders to ensure this is a legacy we leave for future generations. Race Relations Day reminds us all of the crucial role positive race relations and human rights play in our communities and lives.

Every 21st March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre when 69 black South African citizens - including 10 children - were shot to death by their own Police for protesting against racial apartheid laws. In New Zealand, communities across the country host hundreds of events on and around the 21st of March to mark Race Relations Day.

2018 Theme

This year's Race Relations Day theme is "Give Nothing To Racism"

New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse nations on earth. It is also one of the most peaceful. The change in our society has happened very fast, in less than a generation. Our newest Kiwis come here, as we all did once, as migrants or refugees. 

Our biggest challenge is how we choose to live our lives and what kind of country we let New Zealand become. This Race Relations Day we asking all Kiwis to welcome and get to know the people in your community. What you do makes all the difference. 

Send us your photos and stories about how you are celebrating diversity in your community by sharing them on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages using the hashtags #RaceRelationsDay and #GiveNothingToRacism. Download this year's Race Relations Day poster here.

Celebrating Race Relations Day at your school

Race Relations Day is a time is a great opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity at your school. The Race Unity Speech Competition 2017 will kick off in March with competitions held in twelve districts across the country, culminating in national finals. 

This year we will be celebrating the incredible young New Zealanders who took part in last year’s Race Unity Speech Competition by promoting their speeches and memorable quotes. Their korero will be promoted across our social media channels and will soon be able to be downloaded from our website.

We've also created a list of resources and suggested activities that will help your students and school celebrate Race Relations Day. View them here.

Celebrating Race Relations Day at your workplace

Race Relations Day is a time to reflect on our journey towards being a culturally diverse and inclusive nation. Here are some ways that you can celebrate Race Relations Day at your workplace.

You can also use Race Relations Day to come together over food! The Commission has launched 'Food Culture', a page that celebrates the cultural foods of all Kiwis this Race Relations Day. It'll include recipes from some well-known foodies – as well as some lesser known but very keen ones.

Race Unity Speech Awards

The Race Unity Speech Awards is a high school speech competition that runs alongside Race Relations Day. Follow the link to find out more.

Race Relations Day Posters 

To view and download our latest Race Relations Day Posters and Social Media resources, as well as those from previous years. Follow the link here

Social Media Campaign

This year we will also be encouraging Kiwis to share their race relations experiences and hopes online via the hashtag #RaceRelationsDay. Follow us on Twitter @NZHumanRights or via the Commission’s Facebook page to get updates from us. 

Food Culture

To help celebrate Race Relations Day we have set up a Facebook page called Food Culture where you can view, share, swap, and request multicultural meal ideas and recipes. Diversity in our kitchens as well as our communities! View it here.