Peaceful relationships through education, research and action

What is Race?

Steven Arnold

At this time of consideration of race solidarity, I pause to consider what exactly race is.  My sons, born of parents of both Indian and European heritage, taunt me with “Dad, you only have one race, we have two!.” Others bear their race as a badge of honour, or a scar of terror. 

From a peace perspective, race relations are the basis of trade, cultural exchange, history, learning, language and communication, community development, political and economic equality, and identity.  When these go wrong, poor race relationships can...

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Commitment to building positive race relations

John Buckland

One of the means of fostering sound multi-ethnic relations has been through publication of  the Auckland Multicultural Society’s regular Newsletter, edited by John Buckland for 33 years and...

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MARCH 2014

Valuing race relations enhances human relations

Race Relations Day is celebrated on 21 March every year, and observed globally as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

In New Zealand, the theme for 2014 is “I am Aotearoa New Zealand…te ranga tahi, together we grow.” Here in this country we're fortunate to have a diverse mix of people from different cultures and ethnicities living together in harmony, offering us a huge potential to celebrate these race relationships in order to foster stronger human relationships. 
 
In this edition, we have a range of articles from some eminent Peace Foundation members, programme managers and volunteers sharing their thoughts on celebration of race relationships and the importance of this day. 

We are also deeply saddened by the news of Ron O'Grady's passing and offer our heartfelt condolences to his family in this difficult time. Ron was past president of The Peace Foundation also a previous Peaceworks editor.
 
As always, we look forward to hearing from you including any feedback on this newsletter, your own peace-building efforts or any other peace stories you would like to share. Till next time...


For peace,

Virin Gomber
Editor

Call to retain position of Race Relations Commissioner

New Zealand’s ethnic communities want the position of Race Relations Commissioner retained as it currently is in the Human Rights Act, Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils told Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Commission recently.

Executive Director Tayo Agunlejika told the Committee, “We plead with you to retain the position of Race Relations Commissioner, as promised to us when the Race Relations Office was merged with the Human Rights Commission in 2002. It means a great deal to ethnic communities to...

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Toward a new paradigm for peace

Caroline Ongleo

It was a great privilege for me to have the opportunity of participating in the International Leadership Conference with the theme 'Toward a New Paradigm for Peace and Human Development' between 9-13 February in Seoul, Korea.  

A diverse group of 165 distinguished diplomats, scholars, religious leaders, women leaders, peace activists, and media from 50 nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceana and Middle East gathered to build better understanding and improve relations. There were more than 200 Korean delegates representing...


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Embracing strength, resilience and diversity

Claire Speedy

So what does it mean to be a refugee re-settling in Aotearoa New Zealand? Surely the stamp of ‘refugee’ is something you didn’t ask for… to be forced to flee your home country because of persecution, war, torture or even genocide. And it’s not like you’re a migrant… you didn’t choose to come to New Zealand.

And yet here you are….a young person from a refugee background...


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Yay for spotlight on race relations

Christina  Barruel  
    

I am glad that there is a focus for this edition of Peaceworks on race relations. What makes my experiences in secondary schools so interesting is that I have the opportunity to work with inspiring, young students from a variety of different ethnic groups. I am always impressed at how respectful they are of each other despite the cultural differences. Coming together to learn and practice the skills of...

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REACT school workshops ready for 2014

Audrey Munoz

A fresh new year has started and we are enthusiastic to continue to promote peaceful local, national, and global communities. Peace and prosperity can only be attained by communities heeding the voices of our diverse and vibrant youth, which is why it is so important to work in partnership with youth.
 
Youth are not only the builders of our future they are among the...


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Upcoming Events
 
29-30 March: Neighbours Day Aotearoa

30 March: Auckland International Cultual Festival, Mt Roskill, Auckland

10 May: UN International Day of Families, Auckland (Actual International Day of Families falls on 15 May) 

17-25 May: Youth Week, Auckland

23 May: Pink Shirt Day, Auckland

24 May: International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament

 

From the Rainbow Nation to the Land of the Himalayas

 

Mohamed Walid Lotfy

What South Africa and Nepal have in common is that they are both multi-ethnic and multi-lingual societies. Yet South Africa has reached peace with itself after a lengthy road of ethnic inequality, while the Himalayan nation still endures a prolonged caste struggle.

Ending with the 2006 demise of dynastic rule, Nepal’s transition appeared to be at an ethnically critical juncture. Both cases provide an insight into
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New beginnings for Kia Tau te Rangimarie 

Tania Te Whenua

My name is Tania Te Whenua (Tuhoe, Te Whakatohea) and I am proud to introduce myself as the newly appointed co-ordinator and trainer of Kia Tau Te Rangimarie, a peaceful conflict resolution programme for Maori in schools.

I have inherited the newly established programme from the outgoing Jonnie Black who has worked diligently with...


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Religions for peace

Juliane Fiegler

The international representative of The Peace Foundation, Alyn Ware, currently based in Basel (Switzerland), launched the ‘Resource Guide on Nuclear Disarmament for Religious Leaders and Communities’ in November 2013 as the principal author. 

In January this year, he visited New Zealand and presented the guide to...


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New interns infuse vibrancy

The Peace Foundation has new faces in its team as three new international interns recently started working on various projects.

While Lisette Venema is from The Netherlands, Lauren Monteil and Jean-Baptiste Rufach both come from France. They join Emilie Laarhoven (from The Netherlands) who has been with the team since November last year, while we recently bid a warm farewell to Juliane Fiegler (from Germany).

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The tipping point

Nicholas Dynon

As we celebrate Race Relations Day on 21 March, the state of race relations in many of the world’s developed and otherwise peaceful nations – including New Zealand – suggests that the struggle against racism is not getting any easier. 

According to recent reports in relation to the United States and Singapore, it appears, rather ironically, that the more multi-ethnic a society becomes, the more racist it becomes. The reports suggest that there exists a demographic “tipping point” at which...

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Peace education - the weapon to change the world

Virin Gomber

While the world lost one of its greatest peace champions, Nelson Mandela, last year, we are left with his legacy and his powerful messages. Mandela had a huge belief in the power of education as a tool of transformation. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” he said.
The Peace Foundation’s Family Programme is one such
... 

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Tireless champion for children's rights passes away

It’s with deep sadness we report that Ronald Michael O’Grady,  a Peace Foundation member, past president and previous Peaceworks editor, died peacefully on 25 February 2014 at Hillsborough Hospital, aged 83, following a battle with cancer. 

Founder of what is now known as ECPAT (a global network of child protection agencies in over 75 countries around the world) Ron was...


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The link between women and peace

Juliane Fiegler

‘International Women's Day’, also called the ‘United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace’, is celebrated annually on 8 March. Some people might wonder about this and question the connection between women (and women's rights) and (international) peace.

Although the connection may not be obvious, the UN considered it important enough to...


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