Press Release – Human Rights Commission
New Zealand’s 12th Diversity Forum focused on the future
The Human Rights Commission’s 12th Diversity Forum, “Future Focus: Te Anga Whakamua” will get underway at Te Papa Tongarewa tomorrow. More than 400 people from across New Zealand will be taking part.
“Our forum is about celebrating diversity, cementing positive race relations and talking about what kind of country and future we want,” said Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy.
“Our keynote speaker is Australian human rights advocate and lawyer, Deng Adut. His unforgettable story of humanity in the face of inhumanity is both humbling and inspiring.”
In the afternoon Dame Susan will launch the first leg of New Zealand’s inaugural, nationwide anti-racism campaign.
“It’s called That’s Us because it’s about the kind of people we want to be as well as the kind of country we want our kids growing up in: it’s about New Zealanders,” said Dame Susan.
“We will be calling on Kiwis to share their stories.”
Deng’s speech and the That’s Us launch will be live streamed on the Commission’s Facebook Page
Other speakers include:
Tayyaba Khan – Changemakers Refugee Forum, chief executive
Dr Chris Sibley – NZ Attitudes and Values Study, Auckland University
Raveen Annamalai – Multicultural Council, President
Mike Bush – NZ Police Commissioner
Lizzie Marvelly – Activist, musician, writer
Peter Hughes – NZ State Services Commissioner
Dr Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, Nga Manu Atarau Director, Te Papa Tongarewa
Vanisa Dhiru – VP National Council of Women
Professor Colleen Ward, Victoria University’s Centre for Applied Cross Cultural Research
Mark Ngan Kee – NZ Chinese Association
Ian Long – NZ Rugby, Public Relations Director
Te Ariki Te Puni, Race Unity Speech winner 2016
Tayo Agunlejika – Multi Ethnic Football
Dai Phonevilay and Dal Philavong – “Taste Lao”, finalists My Kitchen Rules
Pinamin Owusu-Banahene, African Fashion Festival NZ
Guy Ryan – Inspiring Stories Trust
Paora Ammunson – Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union, chair
Pearl Robin – Tech Tank
Adorate Mizero, documentary filmmaker
Inspector Tracy Thompson, NZ Police Community patrollers
Ma deva Vedanta
The forum is proudly sponsored and supported by NZ Police, Te Papa Tongarewa, NZ National Commission for UNESCO and Victoria University’s Centre for Applied Cross Cultural Research.