March 21, 2019
Hate Racism rally lifeline for Pasifika
Organisers of Sunday's Love Aotearoa Hate Racism rally are offering space for stallholders affected by the cancellation of the Pasifika Festival.
The festival which draws vendors from around Te Moananui a Kiwa was cancelled at the request of police, who have committed substantial resources to dealing with the Christchurch terror attack.
Community leader Will Ilolahia says many face financial hardship if they can't move perishable stock now sitting in containers at Western Springs.
He says Pasifika people identify with Muslims because they also came as migrants, and they are people of strong faith.
Sunday's rally is at Victoria Park because Aotea Square was considered too small for the expected turnout, and organisers are also keen to see a Māori presence.
"We're asking everybody to wear black because that's our mourning colours but it's also our national colour for Aotearoa. Bring your sovereignty flags, your tino rangatiratanga flags and that sort of stuff because we want to show the world Tāmaki Makaurau, our 240 different ethics in this city gathered together and show the world we love our country, love Aotearoa, but we hate racism," he says.
The rally starts at 3pm Sunday at Victoria Park.
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