2019 Race Unity Speech Awards and annual Race Unity Hui

2019 Race Unity Speech Awards and invitation to the annual Race Unity Hui.

Both initiatives are designed to give students a forum for expressing their views on how to improve race relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The theme for both events is Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity.  It provides students with an opportunity to participate in the dialogue about how to improve race relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand and to consider some of the pressing issues facing society – such as freedom of speech and the increasing polarisation of public debate.

Full information about both the Speech Awards and the Hui is available on the website, including links for online registration. (www.raceunity.co.nz)

Race Unity Speech Awards:  The regional heats in North Canterbury will be held at 7pm Thursday 11 April at the Christchurch Bahá’í Centre, 31 Domain Tce, Spreydon, Christchurch. The regional representative/s selected from these heats will participate in the national semi-finals to be held in Auckland on Friday 10 May at the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, starting at 7pm.  Teachers, fellow students, family and friends are all very welcome.

Registration for the Speech Awards closes on Wednesday 27 March

If you have any questions about the Speech Awards, please do not hesitate to contact the regional coordinator: Joanne Roberts on 021 156 2714 or notjoanneroberts@gmail.com.

National Race Unity Hui:  This will take place on Saturday 11 May at Te Mahurehure Marae, 73 Premier Avenue, Point Chevalier, Auckland.  It will run from 9.30am to 4pm, with the National final of the Speech Awards taking place immediately afterwards – from 4.30 – 8.30pm (including dinner).

The programme for the day includes a plenary discussion featuring multi-talented journalist, poet, filmmaker and actor Lynda Chanwai Earle, plus a variety of collaborative and creative workshops on this topic.

Registration for the Race Unity Hui closes on Saturday 27 April

Any questions about the Race Unity Hui can be directed to Aidan Macleod: phone 027 664 7144 or email aidan.macleod@bahai.org.nz.

Both the Race Unity Speech Awards and the Hui were initiated by the New Zealand Bahá’í Community in 2001.  New Zealand Police have been the chief sponsors of the Speech Awards since 2008, with further sponsorship coming from the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Ethnic Communities and the Hedi Moani Charitable Trust.  The NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils and Speech NZ also offer valuable support.