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					The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme in 2005
By the end of 2005, the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme comprised 57 partner organisations, who between them had registered over 100 projects for 2005-06 to contribute to the achievement of the programme’s ten steps to strengthen cultural diversity. Projects completed in 2005 are summarised here, under the themes of the ten steps in the programme 1. NETWORKS AND FORUMS New Zealand Diversity Forum More than 400 people attended the New Zealand Diversity Forum at Te Papa in August. It was preceded by a National Youth Forum. Both were organised by the Human Rights Commission in association with the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Te Papa, the National Commission for UNESCO, and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. There were keynote addresses, a youth presentation, and concurrent workshops on diversity and public policy, religious diversity, diversity and the mainstream media, diversity and education, refugee and migrant settlement, diversity in the arts and heritage, community dialogue and national language policy. Keynote papers from the forums are available at National Interfaith Forum Delegates from interfaith groups throughout New Zealand met in Auckland from 11-13 February for the second national interfaith forum, hosted by the Auckland Interfaith Council. The forum considered the role of religions in resolving conflict, and how interfaith groups can work with governments regionally and nationally. This included continuing a process of regional interfaith dialogue with Asian and Pacific governments to address the causes of religious conflict, establishing a New Zealand process for ongoing dialogue at the regional and national level, creating a forum for dialogue between the government and interfaith groups and developing a national statement on religious tolerance. National Interfaith Network Aotearoa New Zealand A national interfaith network was established to facilitate cooperation and exchange between faith communities and government in New Zealand and in the Asia Pacific region in the furtherance of peace, security and harmonious relations. The network is facilitated by the Race Relations Commissioner, and comprises networks of national and local religious communities and organisations, national and local interfaith groups, academics and others involved in religious studies, government agencies and local government, and individuals with an interest in the issue. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for engagement within and between these networks at a variety of levels, and to support and publicise groups that undertake interfaith activities, projects and programmes that contribute to religious tolerance, public understanding of


religions, and interfaith cooperation for peace, security and harmonious relations. Aotearoa Ethnic Network An electronic network was established by Ruth de Souza of Wairua Consulting Ltd to provide a way for members of ethnic communities around the country to talk to each other and for those involved in delivering Government or NGO services to get in touch with ethnic communities for consultation and to provide information. A mailing list was seen to be an effective way of doing this, especially as an increasingly large number of emails are sent but there's no one obvious place to send them to ensure the widest possible distribution. Wairua Consulting also provides links to a wide range of resources on diversity at\ruth. Diversity Research Network The Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research adopted a strategic goal of becoming a research hub for diversity research in New Zealand, and to that end developed a network of over 50 associates and fellows for the centre across seven universities as well as other tertiary and research institutions. The centre aims to support this network with a diversity research portal operating through its website at Acknowledging Positive Contributions Certificates of acknowledgment were awarded by the Race Relations Commissioner to individuals and groups for positive contributions to race relations. The awards were made monthly, and publicised through a widely distributed monthly e-newsletter, On The Bright Side. It can be accessed on the news and issues section at 2. WEB-BASED RESOURCES Diversity Action Programme Web Pages Web pages for the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme were established by the Human Rights Commission, enabling all partners and projects to be profiled, and providing information on the programme, the New Zealand Diversity Forum, and the interfaith network. The pages are at Directory of Asian Community and Asia Related Organisations The Asia New Zealand Foundation has developed a comprehensive directory of community and Asia related organisations. The directory will be a cornerstone of the Diversity Action Programme's goal of developing an electronic portal to information about diversity. The directory is searchable by category, location and cultural group, and can be found at


Directory on Cultural Diversity A web-based Directory on Cultural Diversity was launched by the Centre for Citizenship Education to coincide with Race Relations Day in March. The directory, which will continue to be developed and updated, is integrated with the Centre's Guide to Citizenship Education, and contains information on government and local government as well as community organisations and the Diversity Action Programme. The Directory is at Korero Maori Website A new interactive website, Korero Maori, was launched by Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission) in September. It is a very accessible, totally bilingual site, aimed at both Maori and non-Maori. It seeks to raise awareness about the Māori language by increasing opportunities for people to learn and use it in a variety of contexts. The site is at Migrant Communities Library Guide Wellington City Libraries added a new section to their website in September, containing information about the library collection and library services in 15 community languages. It can be accessed at Te Ara: Peoples of New Zealand The first section of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s on-line New Zealand Encyclopedia, Te Ara, was launched in February. In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Beginning with the theme of Peoples, it will eventually present a comprehensive guide to New Zealand - its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government. Te Ara's first theme introduces New Zealanders to one another and to the world. It features the origins of New Zealanders - the voyages, the stories of settlement, and their rich and diverse heritages. Te Ara is at 3. RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS New Zealand Identities A group of writers and researchers with diverse personal and academic backgrounds were brought together by the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Studies at Victoria University to examine issues of New Zealand’s evolving national identity. The various papers were brought together in a book, New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations, edited by James Liu, Tim McReanor, Tracey McIntosh and Teresia Teaiwa, published in October by Victoria University Press. Overview of Diversity Research


Victoria University's Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research provided an overview of race relations research in 2004 for the Human Right's Commission's report on Race Relations in 2004. The overview gives an indication of the wide variety of research that is being conducted, and will be a useful resource to researchers and students of race relations. It is hoped to expand it further for 2006. Death and Dying in Different Cultures and Faiths The Funeral Directors Association commissioned Bridget Williams Books to produce a handbook on approaches to death and dying in different cultures in New Zealand. The resulting guide, Last Words: Approaches to Death in New Zealand’s Cultures and Faiths, compiled by Margot Schwass, was launched in September at the Association’s annual meeting. Last Words provides information about death and dying in a wide variety of faiths and cultures and also includes general essays on facing death, understanding grief, and migrant communities in New Zealand. It is available commercially. Race Relations in 2004 A review of race relations in 2004 was produced by the Human Rights Commission to coincide with Race Relations Day in March 2005. The report reviewed significant race relations events and issues in 2004, brought together data on demographics and civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, reported on race related complaints made to the Commission and provided an overview of diversity related research in 2004. The report can be accessed through the race relations section at New to New Zealand: A Guide to Ethnic Groups in New Zealand A new edition of this concise guide to the country's mostly more recent religions, peoples and cultures by Daphne Bell was published by Reed Books in May. It was sent to all schools in New Zealand by the Ministry of Education, as well as being available commercially. Reed Books also released a children’s book, Child of Aotearoa, by Melanie Drewery, in June. 4. CONSTITUTIONAL CONVERSATION Information on the Treaty of Waitangi The State Services Commission’s Treaty Information Unit further developed its website and produced and distributed a set of three booklets: The Timeline of the Treaty, The Story of the Treaty (part one) and The Journey of the Treaty. These were followed by two more titles in the series: All about the Treaty and The Story of the Treaty (part two). Over 85,000 copies of the first three titles were distributed and the website had 130,000 unique visitors, of which 70,000 were repeat visitors. Community Dialogue on Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi


The Human Rights Commission conducted a programme of regional symposia and community dialogue sessions on human rights and the Treaty of Waitangi. Eleven symposia were held in partnership with other organisations, focusing on a variety of themes and contexts including churches, the media, constitutional issues, business, treaty settlements, and the relevance of the Treaty to Asian communities in New Zealand. Papers from the symposia are available at Eighty four community dialogue sessions, providing a safe small-group environment for people to discuss their understanding of the Treaty and human rights, were held throughout the country in association with a wide variety of community organisations. Nearly 5,000 people participated in the symposia, dialogue sessions and in presentations on the subject. Waitangi Rua Rau Tau Lecture The third annual Waitangi Rua Rau Tau lecture, on the subject of reconciling kawanatanga and rangatiratanga, was given by Professor Whatarangi Winiata at Otaki on 30 January and broadcast on Radio New Zealand on Waitangi Day. Waitangi Rua Rau Tau (Waitangi Bicentenary) was launched by the New Zealand Maori Council in 2001 to develop a programme to rebuild harmonious relationships between Maori and Pakeha, culminating in the bi-centennial of the nation in 2040. Each year, the F.I.R.S.T Foundation, on behalf of the Waitangi Rua Rau Tau Standing Committee, arranges for an eminent speaker to deliver a lecture on a topic related to this goal. The text of the annual lectures can be found at 5. EDUCATION AND YOUTH Global Issues: Dealing with Diversity Global Issues is a quarterly magazine produced for secondary schools and community education programmes by the Global Education Centre. February’s edition supported educational activities for Race Relations Day in March under the heading of Dealing with Diversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It has sections on celebrating positive race relations, what's the story with Aotearoa New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, international ethnic conflicts, and suggestions for taking positive sustained action. It is available on Global Issues: Bilingual Cartoon Book A bilingual Maori and English cartoon book for use in schools was published by the Global Education Centre in August. It has discussion starters on 18 global issues with full page cartoons by Trace Hodgson and Frank MacFarlane, along with links to further resources. Issues include: being a New Zealander, children's rights, ethnic diversity, refugees, terrorism, as well as hunger, HIV/AIDS, poverty, water, cars and fuels and more. For details on obtaining copies visit Young Maori Leadership Conference


Around 350 young Maori gathered in Wellington in June for the 2005 Young Maori Leadership Conference, organised by the F.I.R.S.T. Foundation. The theme of the conference was 'Ka Tu! Ka Ora!, and the sub-themes were leadership & social innovation, leading change in social issues, strategic planning & the politics of Mana Maori, leadership in a changing world, iwi, hapu, whanau and community development and leadership and future technologies. Proceedings of the conference can be accessed at Portraits of Young New Zealanders A booklet of portraits of young New Zealanders of various ethnicities was published by the Office of Ethnic Affairs in July to illustrate the diversity of New Zealand. There are photos, quotes and brief biographies, as well as some background notes on multi-ethnic Aotearoa-New Zealand and the role of the OEA. Some of the featured young people were interviewed in a series on Radio New Zealand's afternoon programme following publication of the booklet. The booklet is available from OEA at Diversity Poster The Office of Ethnic Affairs produced a poster in February challenging people to think about diversity. The poster depicted a young New Zealand girl, part of the fast growing ethnic sector, "who is feeling intense about something", and the Office offered prizes for 25 word responses on what it made people think and feel. International Diversity Week and Diversity Mural In April Pukekohe High School held a week of diversity-related activities including a formal welcome to visitors from their sister school in Japan, lunchtime workshops on a wide range of topics, a food fiesta, an ethnic dress day and a performance day with the school's Samoan, Tongan and Korean groups and a drum 'dance off'. Funds raised throughout the week went towards creating a mural which will welcome people to the school in the many languages of the students at the school. Race Unity Speech Contest and Youth Conference In March, over 100 contestants from secondary schools throughout New Zealand competed in a speech contest organised by the Bahai community and the Hedi Moani Trust for Race Relations Day. Six finalists presented their speeches at an associated race unity youth forum in Auckland at the beginning of April. The finalists were interviewed and their speeches broadcast on Radio New Zealand from May to July. Youth Forums on Cultural Diversity From April to June 2005 the Human Rights Commission and UNESCO, in association with local government, organised nine youth forums on cultural


diversity throughout New Zealand, attended by over 400 participants. From each of these forums, young people were selected to come to a national youth forum on 22 August and to contribute to the following day’s New Zealand Diversity Forum at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, on the challenges of cultural diversity. They presented a declaration on cultural diversity, which was published in booklet form also including a more detailed report on the forums and participants. This booklet was presented to participants in the annual UNESCO conference in Paris in September. Global Class A Year 9 Global class (the first year of a two-year course) was established at Selwyn College in Auckland to cater for able students with a particular interest in other cultures and international affairs. The class aligns with the principles which guide the UNESCO Associated Schools Project, the Human Rights Commission’s education goals and Asia New Zealand. Students in the Global class will study an advanced learning programme. Southern Cross Course Twelve young Aucklanders of Maori, Pakeha, Croatian, Sri Lankan, Fijian, Samoan and Chinese descent took part in a three week Southern Cross multiethnic course at Anakiwa in February. The course was a joint venture of the Outward Bound Trust and the Human Rights Commission to promote intercultural understanding, personal development and leadership training for young people drawn from Auckland's diverse communities. Voice of Ethnic Youth forum Ethnic Voice New Zealand organised a youth forum at Orakei marae in October 2005. Around 100 young people (including Maori, Pakeha, Pacific, Asian and African) attended to discuss the challenges faced by "ethnic youth". The forum was hosted by Ngati Whatua. Various groups of young people made presentations that had been developed in preparatory meetings, and participants identified challenges and solutions in relation to family expectations, racism, discrimination, language and identity. Future Leaders Mentoring Programme The Auckland YWCA continued its Future Leaders mentoring programme for young women who have potential in leadership but who are unlikely to succeed without support and resources. In 2005 there were 70 students and 70 mentors from 9 schools within the Auckland area participating in the programme. The most recent intake was a group of new immigrant young women. The criteria for selection were the same except they needed to have resided in New Zealand for a period of less than three years. The programme hopes to have two intakes of young immigrant women per annum (as funding permits). The programme currently enjoys a diversity of 15 ethnicities and continues to grow and flourish.


6. THE MEDIA No projects were completed under this theme in 2005. However, following a workshop on diversity and the mainstream media at the Diversity Forum, the Journalist Training Organisation undertook to follow through on some of the issues raised. A section on media and diversity has been established on the Diversity Action Programme web pages, including a ten point action programme. 7. REFUGEE AND MIGRANT SETTLEMENT Muslim Women’s Hui As part of the Like Minds Like Mine destigmatisation programme, the Framework Trust organised a Muslim women's hui in Auckland in May under the motto of He Manu Korerokorero, Noho tahi mahi tahi: Building Bridges in Our Community. Hosts and organizers for the day were Tayyaba Khan of the Auckland Muslim Girls Association and Catherine Ross, the coordinator of the Like Minds Like Mine project. Alongside keynote speakers there was a panel of Muslim women presenters on women, Islam, education, health and cultural adjustment issues. A second hui was held in September. Police Ethnic Strategy The Police launched their strategy for Working Together with Ethnic Communities in February 2005, one of the first government agencies to do so. The strategy foresees improved relationships, increased ethnic recruitment, training for police and focused policing to deter offences of inciting racial disharmony and other race relations offences. It notes the need to identify and understand ethnic related victimisation issues, and to improve Police knowledge and skills to deter violence motivated by racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance. Projects undertaken in pursuit of the strategy in 2005 included the publication of a multi-lingual phrase book for front-line police and the establishment of a multi-lingual website for ethnic communities. Southland Settlement Guide Venture Southland completed a draft regional settlement document to provide migrants with a range of information on the Southland region, to provide additional information and support for employers when they are seeking to employ skilled immigrants, and to provide a start-point from which immigrants can access further, in-depth information on the region. The final version will be completed in 2006 following incorporation of stakeholder feedback. Refugee Programme for Adults


Over 130 students participated in Selwyn College’s refugee programme for adults (ESOL and orientation), which was run with support from the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission. Classes were held daily for 14 hours a week. The school also provides free crèche facilities for refugee programme participants at its Family and Children’s Centre. Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy The draft Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy was released for consultation in September. The strategy is a signature project in the Auckland Sustainable Cities Programme, which is a partnership between central government agencies and Auckland local authorities for a more sustainable built environment, better transport, a more skilled workforce, good housing conditions and strategies to settle migrants and refugees. The regional settlement strategy aims to achieve sustainable settlement outcomes which contribute to social cohesion in the Auckland Region and to establish appropriate support for migrants and refugees to find suitable permanent employment, a stable living environment and good health, and to achieve integration into New Zealand society. The strategy is an inter-agency project, with central, local government and NGOs working together with communities.

8. PROMOTION AND CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights The Human Rights Commission published the New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights in March 2005, following extensive public consultation. The plan has a section on race relations, along with six other sections on children and young people, disabled people, civil and political rights, economic social and cultural rights and the policy and legislative framework for human rights. The plan includes all ten steps from the NZ Diversity Action Programme. It can be accessed at Cultural Diversity in the Arts Creative New Zealand adopted a new strategic plan for the arts in New Zealand, and one of the priority areas is “cultural diversity, with tangata whenua”, to create an arts environment that fully acknowledges and values the many strands that make up a culturally diverse society. To begin the process of developing a cultural diversity strategy, Creative New Zealand, in partnership with Ngati Whatua, held a Hui at Orakei marae at which invited artists and representatives of ethnic communities were able to discuss the basis for developing a strategy. Themes that emerged included the marae as a metaphor for diversity dialogue, the importance of languages, connections with universal values, and the need for strong cultures as the basis for sharing between cultures. The results of the Hui were presented to a wider audience at a session of the New Zealand Diversity Forum in August. Diwali


The Asia New Zealand Foundation, in partnership with Auckland City & Wellington City Council, has organised the Diwali Festival of Lights since 2002. This year’s festivals were held on October 23 (Wellington) and October 30 (Auckland).The events were successful in both cities, once again attracting record crowds, and incorporating a schools programme with participation by over 30 schools. As well as the highly popular Bollywood dance competition, highlights include visiting international performers and artists from India. A full day of Diwali activities was also organised in Waitakere City by the Waitakere Ethnic Board. Fiji Day Celebration Fiji Day in October was the occasion in Wellington for a cultural festival and children’s fun day organised by Luvei Viti (Children of Fiji) and attended by 200 people. Proceeds from the day were donated by the group to Save The Children New Zealand for projects supporting young people in Fiji. International Festival, Upper Hutt Upper Hutt City's diversity was celebrated in November at Riverstone Recreation in the new Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre. Cultural groups represented in the food and entertainment festival included Maori, Kiribati, Tonga, Malta, Philippines, India, China, Ireland, Latin America, Sudan, South Africa, Switzerland, Hungary and Sweden. Council officer Virginia Barker described the festival as "a great opportunity for community groups to raise their profile and take part in a really positive celebration of culture and diversity in Upper Hutt". Matariki The Auckland Museum had an extensive programme of events throughout June for Matariki (the Maori New Year), including kite making, craft activities, film, dance, te reo and a (g)astronomical feast of New Zealand foods. It was p[art of an even larger programme of events organised jointly by Auckland, North Shore, Waitakere and Manukau City Councils. Te Papa also had a month-long Matariki programme in association with the Wellington City Council, and events throughout New Zealand were supported and promoted by the Maori Language Commission ( The Maori Language Commission also published a new bilingual booklet on Matariki, which is available through their website. In May, Reed Books published Matariki: The Maori New Year by Libby Hakaraia. Snapshots: A New Citizens’ View The Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust organised a community art event in May involving the distribution of fifty black and white disposable cameras to the Christchurch refugee and migrant community, asking them to document positive aspects of their daily lives over a seven-day period. The cameras were distributed through the PEETO Multicultural Learning Centre and participants who returned the cameras were eligible for prizes. All fifty


cameras were returned. Twenty five of the most compelling photos were displayed at the Christchurch Centre of Community Art in May, along with an album of all the photos. Milestones The New Zealand Milestones Project Team, spearheaded by Auckland Mayoress Diana Hubbard, brought the international milestones project exhibition to New Zealand. It was displayed at the Aotea Centre in Auckland in June and July, and at Auckland International Airport from June till September. The Milestones project is a collection of stunning photos of children that capture universal developmental stages of childhood on every continent and compiles them into family of images that communicate our shared humanity. There is further information on the international project website at Maori Language Week Maori Language Week took place from July 25-31, and was widely supported in the community as an opportunity to celebrate te reo Maori. The Maori Language Commission, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission and the Te Puni Kokiri provided ideas and resources for schools, workplaces, councils, media and community organisations to undertake activities in support of the week. Resources included a further booklet in the Give it a Go: Korero Maori series, focusing on phrases to do with food. Maori Language Week Awards for the best programmes and activities in a range of sectors were presented at a special ceremony on Maori Language Day on September 14. The winner of the supreme award was TV3. Maori Language Club The Maori Language Commission launched a new Maori Language Club with a four level badge/button system identifying the wearer’s language ability. There are now over 1,000 members from throughout the globe. New members can register online, and the club will be supported with information and online discussion forums through the Korero Maori website. Our Dances in a New Land Dance Aotearoa New Zealand undertook a dance programme in conjunction with the NZ National Commission for UNESCO and Te Papa to encourage migrant groups to retain their cultures and thus enhance the rich cultural diversity of contemporary New Zealand. The programme was facilitated by dance specialist Jennifer Shennan supported by DANZ Executive Director Tania Kopytko. A dance performance, Our Dances in a New Land, by a range of some of the smaller migrant groups in Wellington, orchestrated by Jennifer Shennan, was held at Government House in Wellington on 8 September, to raise funds to enable programme participants to attend an intercultural day to exchange experiences, and to cover the costs for a free public performance at Te Papa during Wellington’s Dance Your Socks Off festival in September.


Race Relations Day The Human Rights Commission coordinated and supported nationwide events and activities by schools, other educational institutions, councils, businesses, arts organisations, libraries, local communities, ethnic groups and faith communities to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. Resources included a very popular diversity fern design produced on posters, stickers, postcards and tattoos, with the theme Together We Grow: Te Ranga Tahi. Details can be accessed through the race relations section at The Waitakere Ethnic Board organised a multicultural festival at Corbans Estate for Race Relations Day. Diversity Fern Brooch The popular Race Relations Day diversity fern design was made into a handcrafted silver brooch for fundraising purposes. This was made possible by a financial contribution from the Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women’s Association. The brooch has appealed both to individual buyers and as a corporate gift for overseas visitors. Toi Maori: Eternal threads The Toi Maori exhibition of Maori art was curated by Maori weavers and Pataka staff in partnership with Toi Maori Aotearoa. It was first shown at Pataka as part of the 2004 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts and has since toured to Rotorua and the Auckland Museum. As part of a partnership with Tourism New Zealand, The exhibition opened in San Francisco in August 2005, before moving on to the Halle Ford Museum in Salem, the Burke Museum in Seattle, and the Warm Springs Museum in Oregon. Weavers and curators from New Zealand, the United States and Canada came to the initial opening. The project not only shows the best of Maori weaving and contemporary art but also includes practical workshops with the local Native American and American people. The concept of "Eternal Threads" is a Maori one based on weaving life and people together so we can live in peace and harmony with each other and the natural world around us. Viva Eclectika Viva Eclectika, a biennial competition organised by Vivian Chow and the New Zealand-Asia Association, took place in front of an audience of 800 in Auckland on 20 August. The aim of the event was to "promote unity, goodwill, understanding and positive race relations between the people of New Zealand through inter-cultural dance and music and to enrich New Zealand-Asian cultural experiences through a fusion of Asian dance and music with the tangata whenua, and New Zealand's diverse cultures". Contestants were challenged to present a dance item involving at least two cultures. Stories of a Migrant Nation


Migrant Nation: We Were Strangers Once was the product of a diverse group of young New Zealand actors directed by Jade Eriksen, supported by the Human Rights Foundation and other sponsors. The play brought together their own stories, moments in the history of New Zealand's settlement, and current debate on migrant and refugee issues in a moving and thoughtprovoking dramatic presentation. Produced on a shoe-string budget but using installation, light, music, song, puppetry, and movement as well as dialogue, the production was first staged at the Tararua Tramping Club Hall in Wellington from 24-27 June and moved to the Benedictine Priory in Auckland from 1-5 July, where Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui joined the cast. . Qui Tutto Bene Te Papa has a long term programme of telling the stories of diverse New Zealand communities in its community gallery. The 2005 exhibition, running till May 2006, was about the Italian community. It explores the stories of Italian settlers, from winemakers to miners, fishermen to market gardeners, tunnelists to artists, the hardship suffered when Italian New Zealanders were interned on Matiu Somes Island in World War II, and the links between Maori and Italians. Caritas Social Justice Week Caritas, the Catholic Church's agency for justice, peace and development, chose Celebrating Cultural Diversity as its social justice theme for 2005. Activities included the production of resources (booklets, posters, ideas) on diversity for Catholic schools and parishes, the encouragement of parish activities to support cultural diversity from March to September, and a focus on cultural diversity in the Church's Social Justice Week in September. Diversity in Hawkes Bay The Hawkes Bay Cultural Trust, with locations in Napier and Hastings, has an active exhibition and events programme fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity. Their 2005 exhibitions have included Ans Westra’s Handboek, biculturalism in contemporary art, and standing exhibitions featuring Ngati Kahungunu, early settlers and art deco. Diversity in Northland The Whangarei Art Museum has an active exhibition programme of diversity community group acknowledgements. They have also created or hosted exhibitions specifically showcasing Maori, Pacific Islands, Korean, Indian, Dutch and Chinese communities. In 2005 their exhibitions programme has included Pacific and Pakeha jewellery, Tibet, Northland artists, and an exploration of gay and transgender issues. Mercy Forum


Sisters of Mercy Auckland Ltd devoted their annual wananga or forum for directors, managers, staff and volunteers of its subsidiary Companies to the theme of Celebrating Diversity. The forum focused on the diversity of services provided by Mercy, the cultural wealth of those involved in providing them, and the sometimes hidden riches of those whom Mercy organisations seek to empower. Volunteer Capacity: Ethnic Councils Following the publication of a report on volunteering and ethnic communities in March, the Federation of Ethnic Councils commenced a training programme for its constituent councils on building volunteer capacity. This included a workshop in Wellington for newly established Volunteer Coordinators from each regional ethnic council, responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers. A two day conference was also held in Wellington for 30 Federation members on 10-11 September. The conference covered areas such as funding, communication, and networking, managing meetings, the Treaty of Waitangi, planning, governance and management and risk management. 9. HISTORIC AND NATURAL HERITAGE No projects under this heading were completed in 2005. However, the Project Crimson Trust will be pursuing its Putting Down Roots programme encouraging local government to dedicate native tree plantings to new citizens in 2006. 10. DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGE Islam Awareness Week Islam Awareness Week took place from 8-14 August, under the theme of Getting to Know Each Other, and focused on increasing understanding between people, promoting greater tolerance and harmony and creating new relationships. Activities were organised by the Federation of Islamic Associations and Muslim Students Associations in all the major centres, and included lectures, films and Mosque Open Days. There was considerable media coverage and public interest. Week of Prayer for World Peace The Week of Prayer for World Peace was observed in New Zealand between from 16-23 October. A leaflet was produced by the New Zealand organising committee with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths for use each day. The theme of the leaflet was developed for worldwide distribution by the Week of Prayer for World Peace multi-faith committee based in Great Britain. Religious communities throughout New Zealand were encouraged to celebrate the Week both in their observances and together with people of different faiths.


Police Guide to Religious Diversity In recognition of the increasing religious diversity of New Zealanders, the Police produced a guide for their operational staff on the variety of major religions they will encounter in their work and the way these beliefs may impact on policing methods and police effectiveness. It also contains the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. The booklet was officially launched at an interfaith event at Christchurch Cathedral on 12 October, with parallel launches in Auckland and Wellington. The booklet is available at