in lieu of not posting for a couple of days, i've putting up two posts in succession, although this one is also mostly cut & paste, like the last one was.
this a press release i received via AEN from the race relations commissioner, & is great positive example which i'd like to share:
A report released this week in Nelson contains sobering information on the incidence of racial harassment and abuse in the region, but Nelson organisations that contributed to the report deserve congratulations for having the courage to confront the issue, says Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.
“These incidents happen all over New Zealand, not just in Nelson”, Mr de Bres said. “ What is significant about the Nelson and Tasman situation is that local organisations have got together and resolved to ask people about their experience and to do something about it."
The report - Towards a Reporting System for Racist Incidents in Nelson/Tasman - Diverse Communities Speak - was launched at a function in Nelson on Monday 3 August. Written by visiting Northern Ireland human rights lawyer Debbie Kohner, it was based on 30 focus groups involving 184 people of 48 ethnicities. It was commissioned by a coalition of organisations including the Nelson Multicultural Council, the Nelson Safer Communities Council, the Tasman District Council, the Nelson City Council, the New Zealand Police, Settling In, the Human Rights Commission and the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.
They decided to investigate the issues after a presentation at Whakatu marae in February where a coalition of Christchurch organisations outlined their initiative for a reporting website for international students experiencing racial harassment.
“It was sad to hear that so many people had accepted racist abuse as simply being part of life in New Zealand,” Ms Kohner said.
Police area commander Inspector Brian McGurk said police and community leaders were taking the report seriously.
"We will be working to ensure it is followed up with a reporting system that provides a voice and direct action for those suffering racial harassment or discrimination."
It would be for anyone who experienced racism, not just students, and would not just be web-based, Mr McGurk said.
It would include phone calls and possibly face to face reporting.
The Christchurch groups (which include the Christchurch City Council, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Canterbury and Lincoln Universities, Christchurch Polytech, the Police and the Human Rights Commission) and the Nelson organisations will speak at a forum on the safety of international students and communities at the New Zealand Diversity Forum on 24 August in Wellington.
Dr Helen Szoke, Executive Director of the Victorian Equality and Human Rights Commission, will also speak about the response to the recent racial attacks on international students in Melbourne.
Executive summary of the Nelson report (PDF 400Kb)
Full text of the Nelson report (PDF 1.8Mb)
Details of the forum on the safety of international students and communities.