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					                         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 annepenn@paradise.net.nz .

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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