Race Relations Day 2017: Stand up for each other
This year for Race Relations Day the Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to stand up for one another and to stand up for what we believe in.
A short video highlighting what people can do if they experience or witness a racist attack was launched online.
“We want people to record attacks, to support people who are being attacked and to ensure attacks are reported,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
“When we see yet another racist attack on the news we need to ask ourselves: Is this us? Is this the kind of country we want to be? If the answer is No, then we need to do something.”
“What we do today is our insurance policy for the future of our nation.”
“This year we are focused on encouraging New Zealanders to answer these two questions: What do you stand for? What do you want against? The world is at a cross roads when it comes to race relations: the way we treat each other will decide what path New Zealand goes down.”
People from ethnic minorities report an increase in the number of personal racist attacks in recent times, this is in step with events taking place overseas.
“What we do now really matters and that’s why we want people to be prepared to stand up for what they believe in: whether we let our country become a place where abusing someone because of their race is normal or not – that part’s up to us, all of us.”
Every 21st of 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.
A series of events in provincial and urban communities to celebrate Race Relations Day are being held throughout the month of March.
“A lot of New Zealanders care deeply about race relations and it shows: this year we have an unprecedented number of -events planned,” said Dame Susan.
“With race relations events planned from Oamaru to Gisborne, Wanganui to Invercargill, what’s great is that we are celebrating race relations in our provinces and smaller towns not just our big cities. While we have our tough times we do care about and respect each other and it shows.”
More than 30 events are being held throughout March with more being added to the list every day.
2017 RACE RELATIONS DAY CELEBRATION - DRAFT
|MULTICULTURAL REGIONAL COUNCILs||DATE||VENUE||ACTIVITIES|
|Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council||4-Mar-17||Historic Village on 17th Ave West, Tauranga||Tauranga Multicultural Fesitival, Music, Dance, Food, arts&crafts, family fun|
|Nelson Multicultural Council||19-Mar-17||Victory Square||cultural Performances, food and entertainment|
|Southland Multicultural Council||18-Mar-17||Southland Stadium, Invercargill||Multicultural food festival (Diversity of food and entertainment)|
|Waitaki Multicultural Council||25-Mar-17||Pembroke School Hall, Raglan Street, Oamaru||Cultural Displays, Cultural performances, music and shared meal|
|Auckland City Multi Ethnic Council||1-Apr-17||357 Waiuku Rd, Pukekohe 2678||Multicultural Festival|
|Manawatu Multicultural Council||4-Mar-17||The Square, Palmerston North||Festival of Cultures. 5th March - MultiClothes for MultiPeople: A Multicultural Fashion Show, The Globe Theatre, 312 Main Street, Palmerston North|
|Upper Hutt Multicultural Council||21-Mar-17||Upper Hutt Library||Friendly debate with the local school teams around the concept of integration vs cultural diversity|
|Rotorua Multicultural Council.||tbc||TBC||Multicultural event|
|Hutt Multicultural Council||4-Mar-17||Epuni Community Hall, 37 Mitchell St, Epuni, Lower Hutt||Multicultural Festival|
|Tairawhiti Multicultural Council||19-Mar-17||Marina Carpark, Gisborne||Colour Run 2017|
|Aoraki Multicultural Council||25-Mar||Caroline Bay Hall, 2 King George Place, Timaru||International Food and entertainment|
|Multicultural Council of Rangitikei/Whanganui||25-Mar||Multicultural House, 137 Anzac Parade, Wanganui East||Race Unity Day speech and Potluck dinner|
|Christchurch Multicultural Council||4-Mar-17||221 Gloucester Street, Opposite Latimer Square, Christchurch||Holi Festival, Celebrating Diversity|
|Multicultural Council of Wellington||23-Apr-17||Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington||That's Us - Race Relations Day. cultural Performances, food and entertainment|
|Hamilton Multicultural Council||18-Mar-17||Hamilton Gardens Pavilion||Indigo Festival|
|Kapiti Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre||25-Mar-17||Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre||Cultural Fusion|
|Porirua||23-Mar-17||Porirua City Council||That’s Us Race Relations Day|
|Marlborough Multicultural Council||4-Mar-17||Pollard Park, Parker Street, Blenheim||Marlborough Multicultural festival|
|Auckland Council||2-Apr-17||Mt Roskill War Memorial Park||Auckland International Cultural Festival|
|Wellington||19-Mar-17||Wakefield Park, Island bay||Culture Kicks|
|Fo Guang Shan Auckland||9-Apr||16 Stancombe Road, Botany||Multicultural Day celebrations|
|New Zealand Asia Association||25-Mar-17||Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland||Viva Eclectika Race Relations Day celebration|
|Fo Guang Shan Canterbury||22-Apr-17||Multicultural day celebration||Multicultural and Interfaith event|
|Mangere East Cultural Festival||11-Mar-17||Walter Massey park, Mangere||Cultural Festival|
|Ethnic Media forum||21-Mar-17||HRC Auckland||Ethnic media launch for Race Realtions day|
|African Community Auckland||6-12 April||Rialto, New Market Auckland||Film Festival|
|Upper Hutt Multicultural Council||25-Mar||Orongomae Marae, Upper Hutt||Pathway to citizenship conncting recent migrants to local iwi and communities|
|New Zealand Chinese History and Culture Association||19-Mar-17||Imperial Restaurant, 519 Ellerslie Panmure Highway, Auckland||race Relations day Multicultural performance and banquet|