Posts Tagged ‘Racial Prejudice’

Goodbye eskimo pie

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

The word Eskimo is about to disappear from New Zealand’s shelves. Following in the steps of companies around the world that are removing racist or insensitive names and logos from their products, Tip Top and Pascall confirmed on Wednesday that the word seen as derogatory by Inuit will soon be history. Read more 

St Patrick’s parish apologises for signboard notice

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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The Pastoral Council for the Wairarapa Catholic Parish has issued a formal apology for the All Lives Matter sign displayed outside St. Patrick’s Church last week. It attracted coverage from every major media outlet in New Zealand. “St Patrick’s Church Masterton and the Pastoral Council of the Catholic Parish of Wairarapa sincerely apologise for the Read more

Black Pete Christmas event criticised

Friday, December 11th, 2015

An Auckland restaurant has ignited debate after organising a traditional Dutch Christmas celebration featuring characters in blackface. But its owner says the costumes are part of a old tradition, and the event is just harmless fun for children. Popular Birkenhead eatery Dutch Delight has had a visit from Sinterklaas (Santa Claus), and his helper Black Read more

Dob in desecrators of Jewish graves

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has described an attack on Jewish graves in Dunedin as “gutless, shameful and ignorant” and urged anyone with information on the offenders to contact Police. Constable Greg Marsden said two headstones had been hit with so much force that they ”have broken in half”. The third headstone had a Read more

Tongan mockumentary labelled offensive

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A new Australian mockumentary has been condemned as “self indulgent” and “deeply offensive” to Pacific Islanders. Chris Lilley’s comedy ‘Jonah from Tonga’ follows the life of a rebellious 14-year-old schoolboy and his run-ins with family, friends and teachers. Professor Helen Lee is the Head of La Trobe University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She’s spent Read more

Auckland Muslims have few problems with police

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

South Asian Muslims living in Auckland reported feeling safe and secure but some said they had received “prejudicial treatment” in their dealings with New Zealand police because of their ethnicity. In the research for an AUT University study on ethnicity and policing, all but one of the 16 people interviewed by researchers Sameer Nisar and Read more

Cross-cultural news coverage suffers in re-invention of media

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The pressure of slashed media budgets, faster news schedules and attempts by Governments to control the flow of information is making it harder for journalists to do their job – truth-seeking and truth telling. And that isn’t good for cross-cultural news coverage, says Professor Mark Pearson. Continue reading  

We think we are racist – but what do we mean?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Seventy-six per cent of responses gathered by TV3’s The Vote last Wednesday night agreed with the proposition that New Zealand was a racist country. But views are divided however on whether the problem is a lack of tolerance across the board or white institutional racism against people of colour. At a Conference on Racism convened Read more

Should Richard Prosser be banned from flying?

Friday, February 15th, 2013

A blogger has, perhaps light heartedly, called for New Zealand’s airlines to ban “Richard Prosser and his fellow Islamophobes from aircraft!” “How would he and they feel if that happened? Not too happy I would imagine!” says Chris Ford. On Wednesday Prosser apologised for comments made in a magazine column that young Muslim men should be Read more

Is there a problem with how media cover race issues?

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Is there a problem with how media cover race issues?  A recent TV programme featured a Northland man, Wikatana Popata, talking about a hikoi in protest about the Government’s proposed asset sales last month.  Popata made the most of his air time and said he had “had enough of Pakeha”, and wanted the Treaty of Waitangi Read more