Human Rights Commission Pays Tribute to Wellington Mayor
Human Rights Commission Pays Tribute to Wellington Mayor and Wellingtonians
The Human Rights Commission was hosted by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester this week as the Capital’s mayor and councilors were presented with Give Nothing to Racism pins by Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
New Zealander of the Year Taika Waititi launched the commission’s hard-case yet hard-hitting “Give Nothing to Racism” video in June along with video meme support from some of the country’s most famous actors, musicians and leaders including Mayor Lester.
“When we called for support, Justin was one of those New Zealanders who didn’t hesitate to help us spread the message that racism starts small, with everyday actions and so it’s up to us to take responsibility,” said Dame Susan.
“Other well-known Wellingtonians – and former Wellingtonians - who joined us in June with their own Give Nothing to Racism memes include Sir Richard Taylor, Sam Neill, Melanie Lynskey, Bella Kalolo, Karl Urban, James Nokise, Tana Umaga, Pinaman Owusu and of course, Taika Waititi.”
“We’d like to thank Wellington, it’s mayor and its celebrities for joining us to Give Nothing to Racism: It certainly lives up to its title as Best Little Capital in the World”
Give Nothing to Racism is New Zealand’s first nationwide, anti-racism campaign and it won top honours at the Asia Pacific Communications Awards this year, taking out the supreme award for the best communications campaign by an NGO, association or institution after judging by an international jury. So far the video has been viewed more than 3 million times, shared more than half a million times and reached more than 5 million people in 186 countries. Every celebrity filmed their own video meme.