Apr 17, 2021

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Maori News & Indigenous Views

Diversity Forum 2010

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Do Asian communities feel safe in Christchurch? Can social media contribute to social change? How is religion portrayed in the media? Is sport in New Zealand inclusive of all ethnic communities? Are Maori adequately represented in local government?

Experts, communities and educators will attend workshops, panels and forums to discuss these and other questions at the annual Diversity Forum, in Christchurch, 22-23 August.

Three keynote speakers will address the plenary session on Monday morning to share their own journeys with diversity. This years guests are Melbourne digital designer Mia Northrop, Christchurch Polytech Institute of Technologys (CPIT) Maori and Pacific director, Hana ORegan, and Australias Disability Discrimination and Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres will open the Diversity Forums plenary and later help to present the annual diversity awards, on Monday evening.

The awards are a chance to give groups and individuals recognition for their contributions to diversity in New Zealand. Their efforts inspire others in the wider community, says Mr de Bres.

Winners in past years have included the Christchurch Art Gallery, Tagata Pasifika, Whanganui Regional Museum, Asia NZ Foundation, Outward Bound and the New Plymouth District Council.

Background

  • Mia Northrop started the Vindaloo Against Violence project after a spate of attacks against Indians in Australia. In February this year, 17,000 people turned up at 400 Indian restaurants in Australia to show solidarity for the Indian community. Ms Northrop is hosting the Social Media for Social Change forum session.
  • Graeme Innes is a lawyer, mediator, company director and has been a human rights practitioner for almost 30 years. He was the first Chair of Vision Australia, Australia’s national blindness agency and in 1995 was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
  • Hana ORegan is as a member of The Maori Language Commission – Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori. Her masters thesis on Maori tribal identity development became the basis of her book, Ko Tahu Ko Au Kai Tahu Tribal Identity, published in 2000. In June 2009, Ms ORegan was appointed Kaiarahi at CPIT.

Find out more about the Diversity Forum 2010 or register for the Forum on the Commissions website.

Read more about the Diversity Awards.

Media enquiries: Gilbert Wong 09 306 2660 or Kat Ryan 09 375 8616.

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