Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Race Relations Day – a day of recognition

Race Relations Day – a day of recognition

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says Race Relations Day tomorrow is a time to recognise the contribution that greater ethnic diversity makes to the social and economic fabric of New Zealand.

New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the OECD with over 200 ethnicities and over 100 languages now spoken on our shores. Census 2013 data reveals a particularly large increase in New Zealanders of Chinese, Indian and Filipino descent.

“Even in the face of significant population change we’ve built an internationally enviable reputation for social cohesion that is going from strength to strength,” Ms Collins says.

“New Zealanders embrace ethnic diversity and recognise the opportunities it brings for our progress as individuals, businesses and as a nation.

“We have greater diversity in schools, workplaces and leadership positions and we are all better off for it.

“This year’s Race Relations Day theme, I am Aotearoa/New Zealand, together we grow, reflects the fact that New Zealand’s success relies on us working together and ensuring the benefits of ethnic diversity are fully realised.

“As a Government we are committed to making sure all New Zealanders are able to participate and contribute to our cultural, social and economic life here in New Zealand”.

Race Relations Day is New Zealand’s equivalent to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa.
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:


Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education

InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

ALSO:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza Blockade: Māori TV Crew Returning Safely From Israel

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news