February 12, 2020
Council sets target to eliminate racism
New Zealand Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki believes schools are the place to nip racism in the bud.
The council has unveiled plans for a national task force against racism to be led by its former chair, retired High Court judge, Sir Edward Durie.
It’s asking parliament’s Māori Affairs Select Committee to look into institutions racism in the public service, especially the police, and it is also preparing a Waitangi Tribunal claim.
Mr Tukaki says it’s setting a target of 2040 to eliminate racism, which is why targeting the next generation makes sense.
"If we can educate our kids and talk to them about shared history and cultural learning and all that sort of thing then we can nip racism on the bud by 2040 because we are changing the mindset of our young people away from the operating environment that they are in at the moment," he says.
Other necessary steps are to bring down the walls in the workplace that stop people of colour or with funny last names from progressing and tackling racism in the community.
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