That’s Us is New Zealand’s first anti-racism campaign that asks Kiwis to start sharing our own personal stories about racism, intolerance and hatred as well as our hopes for the future.
Racial intolerance is on the rise overseas and closer to home. The NZ Attitudes and Values Survey as well as our own complaints data shows we need to start talking openly about intolerance.
That’s Us is about the kind of people we want to be, as well as the kind of country we want our kids growing up in. New Zealanders need to understand that the way we treat each other is crucial to our future so we are highlighting instances where we have not treated each other with dignity and mana.
We trust that New Zealanders will recognise injustice and unfairness when they hear the true stories of what fellow Kiwis have gone through: it’s time for us to work actively at peaceful race relations.
You can share your own personal story, over time we will be sharing excerpts from various stories. Not all stories will be published but we aim to publish excerpts from as many as possible.
It is up to you if you want to share anonymously or let us know your name. We welcome photos and videos as well. To tell you story click here.
The campaign is lead by the NZ Human Rights Commission and is an initiative in support of the New Zealand Migrant Settlement and Integration Strategy and is supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.
About the NZ Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission was set up in 1977 and works under the Human Rights Act 1993. Our purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. In this section you can find out more about who we are, what we do and why.
About the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s role is to represent New Zealand to UNESCO, and take the best of the UNESCO collective resources, networks, programmes and connections for application in a way that is relevant to New Zealand.
The National Commission creates opportunities for the right people to gather together – individuals, organisations, programmes and initiatives, locally, nationally and internationally – as part of its work, providing space and time to ‘build peace through dialogue’. From time to time the National Commission is invited by UNESCO to host UNESCO international activities in New Zealand.
The National Commission promotes opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in and benefit from UNESCO international and regional programmes and activities, such as nominating New Zealanders for UNESCO prizes, enabling New Zealanders to apply for UNESCO fellowships and participation by New Zealand experts in UNESCO meetings.
The National Commission partners and supports programmes, initiatives, events and promotional activities that are relevant to UNESCO’s mandate and help build peace in New Zealand. The National Commission also plays an active role within UNESCO’s work in the Pacific.