Human Rights Commission Te Kahui Tika Tangata On the Bright Side February / Hui Tanguru 2005 Kia ora. Anei te mihi ö te Kaihautu Whakawhanaunga ä Iwi, mo ngä mahi nui, mahi whakamana i te tangata i roto i ngä kaupapa Whakawhanaunga ä Iwi i Aotearoa. Here are this month‟s acknowledgments from the Race Relations Commissioner for positive contributions to race relations in New Zealand. Jane Gannaway, Te Kuiti For It Rests on Our Shoulders, a Treaty inspired embroidery work. Jane is a Te Kuiti based artist who was born in Nigeria, educated in Britain and migrated to New Zealand in 1977. She is a member of the Waikato Embroiderers Guild and her work It Rests On Our Shoulders was a response to the 2004 national Embroiderers Guild challenge to create a collar. The idea grew in a series of jumps: the function of a collar, yokes and burdens, political responsibilities, Treaty of Waitangi. The “collar” is made of distressed calico, printed with facsimile copies of the Treaty from Te Papa, machine and hand-stitched. It includes stones from the North and South Islands and pukeko feathers from her farm in Te Kuiti. The collar was presented to the Wellington Tenths Trust by the Wellington Embroiderers Guild, who use the Trust‟s premises. It is now displayed in the Tenths Trust meeting room. It is a very striking and challenging interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi. Ministry for Culture and Heritage For the launch of Te Ara, Peoples of New Zealand, February 2005. The first section of the Ministry „s on line New Zealand Encyclopedia, Te Ara, was launched on February 8 by the Prime Minister. In Māori, Te Ara means „the pathway‟. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia provides a journey of discovery. 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 was launched in February 2005 and is available at www.teara.govt.nz . The Ministry has become a partner in the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme (see www.hrc.co.nz/diversity ) and has contributed Te Ara as its project for 2004-05. Wellington City Council For the Crossover exhibition, March 2005. Wellington City Council‟s contribution to Race Relations Day 2005 is an exhibition called Crossover: Art Connecting Our Colourful Capital, to be held from 18-28 March at the Academy of Fine Arts on the waterfront. Over 200 artists have registered to take part. The exhibition will focus on cross-cultural and intercultural themes, and the Council has organised workshops for prospective participants as part of the support initiatives around the exhibition. Organiser Nadia Fawzi s ays that “one of the aims of Crossover is to encourage the wider community to value the diversity of creative work in Wellington. By creating connections between, for example, artists and industry, we‟re expanding employment opportunities.” For more information visit the Council‟s website at www.wcc.govt.nz . Southland Multi-Nations Council For promoting intercultural understanding and support for migrants in Southland. The Southland Multi-Nations Council is an affiliate of the New Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils and has an active programme of activities in Invercargill, including strong relations with the local Ngai Tahu Runanga. They will be joining with other ethnic councils throughout New Zealand to celebrate cultural diversity with multi-ethnic festivals and events on Saturday March 19, the weekend before Race Relations Day on March 21. On 20 March they will be officially opening their new office in the Southland Community House. They have a lively newsletter which includes details of their activities, contributions from members, and introductions to kiwiana and te reo Maori. The newsletter is available on their website at www.multinations.co.nz, which also includes links to the Yahoo country directory and the text of the Treaty of Waitangi. St Mary’s Catholic Church, Blenheim For providing a multicultural welcome to visitors. Visitors to the historic St Mary‟s Church (built in 1878) are greeted by a roadside sign with Nau mau Haere Mai. Inside there are greetings in a wide variety of languages. There is also a carving in the foyer depicting the Maori story of creation, with an accompanying plaque which tells the story in words. The carving was done by Reg Thompsett and family in 1993, from totara found in the Hapuka River. St Mary‟s also has a monthly mass in te reo Maori for the church‟s Maori community. Marlborough Express For the Race Relations Day children‟s poster competition, 2005. The Marlborough Express Xpress Club for kids featured a poster competition for Race Relations Day (March 21) in its February 19 weekend edition. There are prizes for children of various age groups as well as for the school with the most entries on the theme of “Let‟s live together in harmony” or “Different races blending together like the notes of a perfect chord”. The latter is a quote from the early 20th century Persian Bahaí leader Sir Abdul Baha Abbas. Orongomai Marae Trust, Upper Hutt For the Waitangi Day celebration, 5 February 2005. Orongomai is Upper Hutt‟s multicultural marae and social services complex, and their Waitangi Day celebration mirrored events on marae and in communities throughout New Zealand on Waitangi weekend to mark the signing of the Treaty. The day began with a powhiri for visiting guests, including Cabinet Minister and local MP Paul Swain and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres. There were cultural items from a wide variety of groups, songs from hometown star Jade Eru, a hangi, and a “Treaty Speaker”, who this year was Dr Charles Royal. He gave an insightful address on the mana of the Treaty. The text of his address will be available on the Human Rights Commission‟s Treaty web pages, at www.hrc.co.nz/treaty . Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women’s Association For a longstanding contribution to peace and diversity in New Zealand and internationally. The New Zealand PPSEAWA is part of an international multicultural women‟s association that was founded in 1928 and has branches in 23 South East Asian and Pacific countries. The New Zealand branch was established in 1931. Their goal is to promote peace, goodwill and understanding for the betterment of all women wherever they originate from. At their AGM in Wellington on 19 February they focused on race relations and the New Zealand diversity Action Programme. They have local branches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Wanganui. For further information contact the national secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org . Office of Ethnic Affairs For the poster on diversity and the associated competition, February 2005. The Office of Ethnic Affairs has produced a new poster challenging people to think about diversity. The poster depicts a young New Zealand girl, part of our fast growing ethnic sector, “who is feeling intense about something”, and the Office is offering prizes for 25 word responses on what it makes people think and feel. On Race Relations Day (21 March 2005) Ethnic Affairs Minister Hon Chris Carter will announce the winners (five) of a $50 book token awarded for the most thought-provoking feedback they receive. The poster and details of the competition are at www.ethnicaffairs.govt.nz . F.I.R.S.T. Foundation For the Waitangi Rua Rau Tau lecture series, 2003-2005. The third annual Waitangi Rua Rau Tau lecture was held at the historic Rangiatea Church in Otaki on 30 January, under the auspices of the New Zealand Maori Council, the F.I.R.S.T. Foundation, Massey University and Radio New Zealand. Waitangi Rua Rau Tau (Waitangi Bicentenary) was launched by the New Zealand Maori Council in 2001 for Maori, individually and collectively, to set long-term goals, monitor, evaluate and respond to them. It is a commitment by the Maori Council 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 lecture is then broadcast on Radio New Zealand on Waitangi Day. Speakers to date have been Sir Rodney Gallen, Dame Joan Metge and Professor Whatarangi Winiata. For information on the F.I.R.S.T. Foundation and the text of the lectures, visit www.firstfound.org . Sky City Community Trust For sponsoring the Outward Bound Southern Cross Multi-ethnic Course, February 2005. Twelve young Aucklanders of Maori, Pakeha, Croatian, Sri Lankan, Samoan and Chinese descent took part in the second three week Southern Cross multi-ethnic course at Anakiwa in February. The course is 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. Participants said the course had a “great vibe” and gave them a unique opportunity to get to know people of other cultures in a challenging team environment. State Services Commission For the Timeline of the Treaty booklet. The Commission‟s Treaty Information Programme Unit has produced an easy to read illustrated booklet of milestones in the history of the Treaty up to the present day. It is drawn from its Treaty website at www.treatyofwaitangi.govt.nz . Copies of the booklet were distributed at many Waitangi Day events throughout the country and are available from the Treaty of Waitangi Information Programme, State Services Commission, PO Box 329, Wellington. Auckland Interfaith Council For the National Interfaith Forum, February 2005. 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 was held in four separate venues: the Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Temple and Cultural Complex in Avondale, the Auckland Bahaí Centre in Glen Innes, the Ponsonby Mosque and the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Parnell. There was a public festival of religions and cultures in the Cathedral forecourt on Sunday afternoon. 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. The Wellington Interfaith Council has been delegated the task of developing a draft national framework to address these issues. For information about race relations visit the Human Rights Commission website www.hrc.co.nz . Recent additions include information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity , Race Relations Day activities and resources for March 21 2005 at www.hrc.co.nz/rrd05, and information about the Commission’s Human Rights and the Treaty dialogue project at www.hrc.co.nz/treaty . . 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