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The Youth Diversity Forum 2019 generated a key messages document – a call to action from youth – outlining changes they wish to see to race relations in New Zealand. The document asks all sections of society to examine the way they communicate and listen to others.
Nearly a hundred youth leaders from Christchurch and around the country came together in Ōtautahi Christchurch over the weekend of 4-6 October. In collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu, we held the Youth Diversity Forum to support a cross-ethnic discussion, addressing racism, education and spirituality in response to the mosque attacks of 15 March 2019.
Te Paepae o Tangaroa (Ocean’s Speak) was held in Gisborne 6 –7 October 2019. The symposium was open to the public and brought academics and experts on the environment and oceans together to discuss the future of the sea. Social Sciences Commissioner, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop opened the second day of the hui, and spoke about the National Commission’s focus on indigenous knowledge and oceans for the wellbeing of people and planet, these being two of our target areas.