Posts Tagged ‘race relations’

Cardinal Dew: A church should not be politicised

Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Cardinal John Dew the Archbishop of Wellington says the All Lives Matter sign was put up on the message board outside St Patrick’s church in Masterton without the knowledge of the parish priest who was away on leave. “As Archbishop for the diocese, I do not support the placement of that sign. It should not Read more

All lives do not matter until Black lives matter

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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A Catholic church in Masterton has come under fire for displaying the controversial slogan all lives matter on its message board. A Twitter user posted a photo of the slogan on social media, saying it was “pretty disgusting.” “All lives do not matter until black lives matter. All lives do not matter until brown lives Read more

TVNZ ditches documentary claiming Celts were here before Māori

Monday, August 27th, 2018

TVNZ has removed a documentary that claims Celts settled in New Zealand thousands of years before the arrival of Māori from its on-demand service following a query from RNZ’s Media Watch Read more

Parihaka has waited a long time for this day

Monday, June 12th, 2017

On Friday, at the historic Parihaka reconciliation ceremony, the Crown finally apologised to the people of Parihaka for the actions which had burdened them “with an intergenerational legacy of grievance and deprivation, and which have burdened the Crown with a legacy of shame.” Here is the full apology, which was delivered by the Attorney-General Chris Finlayson. Mihi Te maunga tupuna, Taranaki Tū Read more

Duncan Garner, we’re MAD for peace, not PC gone mad

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The ironic thing about people who send me letters about how useless I am and that our race relations are OK, is that most of them are from Pakeha men: as Duncan Garner proved in his latest opinion piece. I get many letters and emails: some polite, many abusive or threatening.  The personal attacks aren’t Read more

Man carrying a cross from Stewart Island to Kerikeri

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Ryan Craig is walking with a purpose. The Oamaru man is trekking the length of New Zealand carrying a cross to spread a message of forgiveness and unity. The walk will coincide with the double centenary of the first message preached by missionary Samuel Marsden. “I have a heart for this nation and seeing unity Read more

Presbyterian Church leader wants a commemoration day for NZ wars

Friday, May 9th, 2014

A Māori Presbyterian Church leader says he will join the push for an annual national commemoration day to remember the New Zealand Wars. Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa, the moderator of the church’s Māori synod, backs the calls made last month by the Waikato-Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan. Te Kaawa  says, “This is no longer a Māori Read more

Who was pale faced Samoan at the Polyfest?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Plenty of onlookers were bemused by his presence when Connor Bellet joined the St Peter’s College Samoan Group ahead of this year’s Polyfest. Bellett was the sole white kid in the Samoan culture group. He said he had trouble persuading some people he was serious when he decided to join his Samoan friends in the Read more

NZ gets its first Professor of Diversity

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Edwina Pio, Auckland University of Technology’s Business and Law School, has become New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity. Her expertise relates to work, ethnicity and religion, primarily focussing on ethnic minorities and migrants. Edwina has a PhD in Buddhist Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychology and a double Bachelor’s degree – one in Psychology and Read more

Support for compulsory Hindi in Fiji primary schools

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Under the new constitution, all three main languages in Fiji, English, i-Taukei and Hindi, will be compulsory subjects in primary schools. The General Secretary of the Fijian Teachers Association, Masika Namudu, is reported as opposing the teaching of Hindi, but declined to be interviewed when approached by Radio Australia. Continue reading