Posts Tagged ‘Racism’

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

Dublin archbishop condemns racism and intolerance

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has spoken out against recent incidents of racism in Ireland, decrying intolerance as well as narrow-minded and judgemental attitudes within Church communities. At Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral on Sunday, the Archbishop said racist intolerance is always “an affront to the dignity of those who are its objects.” He said the Church must Read more

Racism common in the the education system

Monday, July 20th, 2020

In 2018 Unicef ranked New Zealand 33rd out of 38 countries in terms of educational equality and the Ministry of Education has said there is “consistent evidence that the education system has underserved Māori learners and whānau over an extended period”. When @Ngati_Frybread posed a question on their Instagram meme page asking Māori and Pasifika to Read more

Anti-treaty booklets sent to homes promote ‘racist and backward-looking’ ideas

Monday, July 20th, 2020

An iwi leader says a glossy booklet promoting “racist propaganda” being dropped into Lower Hutt letterboxes is dangerous. Kura Moeahu, chairman of Te Runanganui o Te Atiawa and of the Waiwhetū Marae in Lower Hutt, was unsurprised the booklet To All New Zealanders: Are we being Conned by the Treaty Industry? was doing the rounds. Read more Read more

COVID-19 “success”: Why has the world media singled out New Zealand for praise?

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Whether it is in the Business Insider, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Deutsche Welle, Time magazine or the CBC media, New Zealand has been widely lauded as the COVID-19 “success story.” On 8 June, the island nation announced that its last person known to be infected with COVID-19 has recovered. This means that (at that Read more

India’s ‘George Floyd’ police officers arrested

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Four police officers accused of two Christians’ torture and murder have been arrested. The police, from India’s southern Tamil State, allegedly tortured and killed two Christian men in custody last month. A post-mortem report and an investigation helped the court order the arrest of the accused police officers on murder charges. Church officials and rights Read more

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  Related Posts:Dr. Read more

Hate speech legislation on hold till after election

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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A proposal that could make hate speech a criminal offence has been stalled and is unlikely to pass before the election. The Government fast-tracked a review of hate speech legislation in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch terror attack last year. Justice Minister Andrew Little declared existing legislation on the issue “woefully inadequate.” Following Read more