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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.


Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council4-Mar-17Historic Village on 17th Ave West, TaurangaTauranga Multicultural Fesitival, Music, Dance, Food, arts&crafts, family fun
Nelson Multicultural Council19-Mar-17Victory Squarecultural Performances, food and entertainment
Southland Multicultural Council18-Mar-17Southland Stadium, InvercargillMulticultural food festival (Diversity of food and entertainment)
Waitaki Multicultural Council25-Mar-17Pembroke School Hall, Raglan Street, OamaruCultural Displays, Cultural performances, music and shared meal
Auckland City Multi Ethnic Council1-Apr-17357 Waiuku Rd, Pukekohe 2678Multicultural Festival
Manawatu Multicultural Council4-Mar-17The Square, Palmerston NorthFestival of Cultures. 5th March - MultiClothes for MultiPeople: A Multicultural Fashion Show, The Globe Theatre, 312 Main Street, Palmerston North
Upper Hutt Multicultural Council21-Mar-17Upper Hutt LibraryFriendly debate with the local school teams around the concept of integration vs cultural diversity
Rotorua Multicultural Council.tbcTBCMulticultural event
Hutt Multicultural Council4-Mar-17Epuni Community Hall, 37 Mitchell St, Epuni, Lower HuttMulticultural Festival
Tairawhiti Multicultural Council19-Mar-17Marina Carpark, GisborneColour Run 2017
Aoraki Multicultural Council25-MarCaroline Bay Hall, 2 King George Place, TimaruInternational Food and entertainment
Multicultural Council of Rangitikei/Whanganui25-MarMulticultural House, 137 Anzac Parade, Wanganui EastRace Unity Day speech and Potluck dinner
Christchurch Multicultural Council4-Mar-17221 Gloucester Street, Opposite Latimer Square, ChristchurchHoli Festival, Celebrating Diversity
Multicultural Council of Wellington23-Apr-17Shed 6, Queens Wharf, WellingtonThat's Us - Race Relations Day. cultural Performances, food and entertainment
Hamilton Multicultural Council18-Mar-17Hamilton Gardens PavilionIndigo Festival
Kapiti Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre25-Mar-17Te Newhanga Kapiti Community CentreCultural Fusion
Porirua23-Mar-17Porirua City CouncilThat’s Us Race Relations Day
Marlborough Multicultural Council4-Mar-17Pollard Park, Parker Street, BlenheimMarlborough Multicultural festival
Auckland Council2-Apr-17Mt Roskill War Memorial ParkAuckland International Cultural Festival
Wellington19-Mar-17Wakefield Park, Island bayCulture Kicks
Fo Guang Shan Auckland9-Apr16 Stancombe Road, BotanyMulticultural Day celebrations
New Zealand Asia Association25-Mar-17Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, AucklandViva Eclectika Race Relations Day celebration
Fo Guang Shan Canterbury22-Apr-17Multicultural day celebrationMulticultural and Interfaith event
Mangere East Cultural Festival11-Mar-17Walter Massey park, MangereCultural Festival
Ethnic Media forum21-Mar-17HRC AucklandEthnic media launch for Race Realtions day
African Community Auckland6-12 AprilRialto, New Market AucklandFilm Festival
Upper Hutt Multicultural Council25-MarOrongomae Marae, Upper HuttPathway to citizenship conncting recent migrants to local iwi and communities
New Zealand Chinese History and Culture Association19-Mar-17Imperial Restaurant, 519 Ellerslie Panmure Highway, Aucklandrace Relations day Multicultural performance and banquet

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