March 20, 2019
Race Relations Day chance to learn
Race Relations Day has taken on a special resonance as New Zealanders come to terms with the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Māori Party co-founder Sir Pita Sharples, who is a former chief executive of the Office of the Race Relations Conciliator, says that action should not overshadow the real progress New Zealand has made.
He says the shootings have brought out the best in people as they try to support those affected, and schools and communities are using it as an opportunity to learn more about Islamic culture.
"Because race relations is about differences and learning about each other and not inciting the negative aspects of people," Sir Pita says.
He says the outpouring of condolences and support from around the world shows people understand the actions of the shooter do not reflect New Zealand society.
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