Posts Tagged ‘Racism’

‘N’ word and alcohol spark rugby brawl

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

The ‘N’ word, repeated vile racist slurs and brawl, were the sad culmination of a club rugby match between Marist St Pats (MSP), and Old Boys’ University (OBU) at Wellington College last weekend. MSP is Wellington’s Catholic rugby club. Speaking with RNZ’s Lisa Owen, MSP Chairman Rob Evans reluctantly confirmed the ‘n…..’ word had been Read more

Parent lost for words after Aotea class asked to play ‘racist’ game

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Porirua parent is “lost for words” after her 14-year-old was asked to participate in a colonial-style game which separated children into slaves, chiefs and aliens. Earlier today she said a Year 10 Aotea College class were instructed to do the activity, which involved selling slaves, land and commoners – for “10 pearls”. Documents show the Read more

Rotorua’s John Paul College orders independent investigation after racism allegations

Monday, April 19th, 2021

Rotorua’s John Paul College has ordered an independent investigation following a complaint alleging racism, bullying and elitism at the school. The Board of Trustees and principal ordered the review after the Bishop of Hamilton, Stephen Lowe, received a complaint via email regarding alleged “systemic racism” resulting in Māori whānau either withdrawing or choosing not to Read more

Teacher put on leave after questioning how George Floyd died

Monday, March 1st, 2021

A teacher at a Catholic High School in the USA has been put on leave after she said the manner of George Floyd’s death was “disputed”. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25, 2020, after a Minneapolis police officer crushed his neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. When asked who disputed it Deborah DelPrince said, Read more

America’s first black cardinal speaks of racism

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

America’s first black cardinal, Wilton Gregory, made history last year when he became the first Black American to be appointed a cardinal in the Catholic Church. On the way, he says he faced plenty of discrimination due to his skin colour. “I don’t know of any African American who hasn’t tasted the bitter cup of Read more

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis launches $42 million fight against school racism

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Everything from class streaming to racism, “sown throughout” the system, could be kicked out the school gate in a $42 million programme launched by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis. The Minister launched Te Hurihanganui at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua – kicking off an anti-racism initiative for schools and communities, aiming to help Māori students. Davis Read more

However well-intentioned, the euthanasia law can never be racism-proof

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

I’m voting no on the End of Life Choice (EOLC) referendum. I have many concerns about this legislation, including around the technical aspects and operation of the law. But I’m also very concerned about its impact on the vulnerable and marginalised in our society. Here are my top four reasons. 1. It devalues and risks Read more

The racism behind NZ’s inaction in the Pacific

Monday, September 21st, 2020

In April 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the Paris Institute of Political Studies to talk about the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands and said: “We are a Pacific nation … New Zealand does not simply sit in the Pacific. We are the Pacific too, and we are doing our best to Read more

Dr Rangi Matamua considering leaving over systemic racism

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

One of the country’s top scholars says he is considering leaving the University of Waikato over what he calls ongoing “systemic and casual racism.” Māori astronomer Professor Dr Rangi Matamua, who this year received the Prime Minister’s Science Communications Prize and has been a leading proponent of making Matariki a public holiday, told the Herald Read more

Meng Foon: Racist stereotypes on the rise in the age of Covid-19

Monday, September 7th, 2020

When Auckland went back into level three lockdown a month ago, many New Zealanders focused on the identity of the “South Auckland family” at the centre of the emerging cluster. I would have hoped that the team of five million would do their best to avoid conflating Covid-19 with racist stereotypes about South Auckland and Read more