Human Rights Commission
Te Kahui Tika Tangata
On the Bright Side: Paenga Hihiko
Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 2006
Kia ora. Anei te mihi ö te Kaihautu Whakawhanaunga ä Iwi, mo ngä mahi nui, mahi whakamana i te tangata i roto i ngä
kaupapa Whakawhanaunga ä Iwi i Aotearoa. Here are this month’s acknowledgments from the Race Relations Commissioner for
positive contributions to race relations in New Zealand.
New Zealand Hungarian Community and Hungarian Consulate
For commemorative events marking the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, October 2006. There was a
wide-ranging programme of events throughout New Zealand to mark the short-lived Hungarian revolution in 1956. The
repression that followed prompted a huge outflow of refugees, and over 1000 of them came to New Zealand. Events in
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin included concerts, masses, dinners, exhibitions and seminars and of
course a soccer match. At a commemorative ceremony in Wellington on Labour Day, new engraved paving stones were unveiled
in the Magyar Millennium Park in Molesworth Street. Green MP Keith Locke proposed a motion in Parliament to mark the
occasion. For more on Hungarian New Zealanders, check out www.teara.govt.nz .
The Families Commission: Komihana a Whanau
For Korean Migrant Families in Christchurch: Expectations and Experiences. This Blue Skies Fund research report by
Suzana Chang, Carolyn Morris and Richard Vokes is based on interviews with Korean migrants living in Christchurch. While
there were only 930 Koreans resident in New Zealand in 1991, by 2001 this number had grown to 19,023. Unlike many other
groups, 94% of Koreans were born overseas and 87% arrived here in the past ten years. The research reveals some
disturbing stories about racial harassment and abuse, employment discrimination, and social exclusion, as well as the
positive role played by Korean churches in the settlement process. The authors make a number of recommendations directed
at both central and local government. For further information visit www.nzfamilies.org.nz .
Vivian Stichbury, Palmerston North
For the United Nations Day Children’s Parade, October 24, 2006. At the invitation of Palmerston North’s Mayor, Heather
Tanguay, several hundred members of the city’s diverse ethnic communities came to the Convention Centre on United
Nations Day to celebrate Parlmerston North’s cultural diversity. The event included cultural performances and a
delightful parade of young children dressed in a wide range of national costumes. The parade was organised by primary
teacher trainee Vivian Stichbury, who arrived in New Zealand from Taiwan only three and a half years ago. She also takes
Chinese classes at a number of local schools, publishes a free fortnightly bilingual Chinese and English community news
broadsheet called The Trolley, helps out with holiday programmes, translations and ESOL, and recently became Vice
President of the Manawatu Ethnic Council.
The Oticon Foundation
For Ō Taonga Whakarongo/Your Hearing Aids, te reo Māori guide, October 2006. To mark Deaf Awareness Week, the Oticon
Foundation in NZ launched a new guide in te reo Māori to help Māori children and their families better understand their
child’s hearing aid. The booklet provides user friendly, step-by-step advice about having and using a hearing aid. It
was designed as a story book for teachers and parents to read to their children to not only educate about hearing aids,
but also stimulate language development. The booklet was produced because Māori children are significantly more likely
to have a hearing loss than other members of the community. Pacific Island children also experience comparatively high
rates of hearing loss, and the Oticon Foundation are working on translations of the booklet into Samoan and Tongan which
are expected to be available by the end of the year. The Oticon Foundation can be contacted at email@example.com or
0800 684 266.
Sonal Patel, Wellington
For a major contribution to the success of the Wellington Diwali Festival 2002-2006. Sonal is a young Wellington
playwright who has for several years been employed by the Wellington City Council to help with the organisation of the
WCC-Asia New Zealand Diwali Festival, first as an assistant (2002) and then for the last three years as the event
The Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights was the first of the major Diwali festivals to be organised for the whole
community in New Zealand. Despite the bad weather on Labour Weekend, the festival still attracted 40,000 people, and
with other festivals in Auckland, Waitakere and many other parts of the country, national participation in Diwali must
have risen to close to 200,000 people, making it one of our biggest national cultural festivals. Sonal’s play, The
Chaiwallah’s Tale, was broadcast on National Radio on Labour Day as part of its Festival Shorts series. She is now
planning to head off overseas for some OE.
North Shore Community and Social Services Inc
For the Cultural Perspective Lunchtime Series, October 2006. For four years the North Shore Community and Social
Services Inc have hosted the Cultural Perspective Lunchtime Series to help raise awareness and understanding of the
different cultural backgrounds of migrants and refugees living in Auckland. A migrant or refugee is invited to share
their own story, sharing why and how they came to settle in NZ, the challenges they faced adjusting to the kiwi
lifestyle, and the things they appreciate about NZ.
The migrants also share aspects of the culture, customs and lifestyle of their homeland, which highlights the
differences in lifestyle that many have had to adapt to while adjusting to life in NZ. The meetings are open to the
public and have allowed people to get to know the ‘heart’ of an individual migrant and so break down some of the
stereotypes that may have been developed. You can get further information on upcoming lunchtime talks by emailing
Lesley@nscss.org.nz or by phoning 09 486 4820.
Auckland Inter-Faith Council
For Performances and Prayers for Peace, September 2006. The Auckland Inter-Faith Council organised an evening programme
on the United Nations International Day of Peace, 21 September. Over 200 people from a variety of faith communities
participated. The Mayor of Auckland Dick Hubbard and Deputy Mayor Dr Bruce Hucker addressed the gathering at the Mt
Albert War Memorial Hall. The event was supported by the Auckland City Council and United Nations Association of NZ.
For the World Dance Showcase, October 2006. From Bellydance to Bollywood, dance from a variety of cultures was performed
to a full house at the Auckland Performing Arts Centre on 7 October as part of the Tempo Dance Festival. The production
by Mary-Jane O’Reilly included dance from Maori, Pacific Island, African, Indian, Argentinian, Chinese and Middle
Eastern cultures. The show’s written programme provided information about the history and actions of the various dances
to aid in understanding as they were performed. The show was so successful that it will be repeated next year. Tempo’s
website can be visited at http://www.tempo.co.nz/ .
Wellington Free Kindergarten Association, Hutt City Kindergartens & Wellington Early Childhood Teachers’ Multicultural Network
For the Wellington Children’s Multicultural Resource Centre website, October 2006. This website
http://www.multiculturalchildren.co.nz/ has been developed to provide both practitioners and parents with relevant
information to help them with the education of young children. The site provides links to research on issues relating to
working with multicultural communities to help teachers extend their knowledge and understanding about diversity. Topics
of research papers and other articles currently available on the website include bilingualism and religious diversity.
There is also a section in development on Key Vocabularies to assist when teachers, children and families who don’t
speak the same language. This section will be regularly updated, and is expected to be fully implemented by the end of
this year. Ideas for vocabulary items to be included can be suggested by visiting the forum section of the website, or
by contacting Lisa Terreni at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Waikato Institute of Technology
For Go ‘Round the World, September 2006. In September the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) hosted an
International Week which focused on the arrival of new international students and how they are embraced into the Wintec
and Hamilton communities. Throughout the week there were lunchtime activities such as market stalls, library displays,
belly dancing, a movie night and a quiz night. There was also a one-off soccer game between international and kiwi
students. For more information on Wintec, visit their website at http://www.wintec.ac.nz/ .
Capital and Coast District Health Board
For Shake It, Beat It, Learn It, 2006. Pacific communities in the Capital and Coast DHB district have really taken to a
pilot programme that aims to improve the level of physical activity in their daily lives. Launched in July, the number
of participants in some areas has almost tripled in just a few months in these exercise groups run by young Pacific
students. The scheme came about after Pacific community groups asked the DHB for help running exercise-based activities.
The programme aims to inspire people and to show them how they can easily fit exercise into their lives. The ‘Shake It’
initiative is just one of several to be established across the Pacific community in the past year, where the aim has
been to improve the health of Pacific people in the district. Further information about the Shake It programme can be
obtained by emailing Capital and Coast DHB at email@example.com .
Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust, Upper Hutt Multi Ethnic Council, and Wellington City Council
Multi-ethnic football tournaments, 2006. Wellington City Council organised the inaugural Culture Kicks Football Festival
on 22 October which they described as Wellington’s own mini-World Cup. Teams representing their country of origin or a
mix of nationalities competed, culminating in the final where Somalia beat Aotearoa 4-1. Last month the Upper Hutt Multi
Ethnic Council organised a similar tournament which was won by the Sudanese team who beat the Zimbabweans in the final.
New Zealand’s longest standing ethnic soccer festival takes place in Hamilton on 9-10 December with 24 teams playing 66
games over two days, and a celebrity team playing a World XI. The Hamilton tournament, which also includes food, and
arts and craft stalls, has been an annual event for the past five years.