Posts Tagged ‘Racial Prejudice’

Black Pete Christmas event criticised Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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   Related Posts:Biased coverage of Syria’s six-year Read more

We think we are racist – but what do we mean? Comments 0

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? Comments 0

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? Comments 0

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

NZ media has a problem with race relations coverage says Commissioner Comments 0

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says the New Zealand media has a problem with the way it covers race relations issues. He was speaking about the recent CloseUp debate between John Ansell and Hone Harawira. Mr de Bres says it is typical of New Zealand media to give plenty of coverage to controversial figures Read more