Speech AWARDS

Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity

Speak your mind on race relations in Aotearoa

When
Regional heats will take place between 8 – 11 April 2019, after school hours.
National semi-finals and the final will be held in Auckland on 10 – 11 May 2019
Who can enter
Students in Years 11, 12 and 13
 
 
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RACE UNITY
SPEECH AWARDS

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The Race Unity Speech Awards were initiated by the New Zealand Bahá’í Community in 2001 in support of Race Relations Day (21 March).

The speech topic this year is Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity. More and more New Zealanders are recognising that if we want a harmonious and unified Aotearoa, we all have speak out and work to address racial prejudice and injustice. But in a world that is becoming increasingly polarised, how do we make sure our efforts create real unity?

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RACE UNITY
HUI

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Race Unity Hui are run in conjunction with the Speech Awards to give all young people an opportunity to be heard on race relations issues.

Race Unity Hui are spaces where young people advance the conversation about race relations in Aotearoa. This year we’re inviting all young people aged 15-30 to deepen their understanding of race issues and speak their mindson how we can become more just and unified as a society.

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WINNERS 2018
“GIVE NOTHING TO RACISM”

 
 
 
 

NATIONAL WINNER

Hena Dugh, Hastings Girls’ High School

Hena’s speech challenged us to recognise our common humanity, asking “If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you poison us, do we not die?” Hena’s speech asked all New Zealanders to consider whether we will contribute to racism, or be part of the solution.

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National Runner Up

Zoha Shuaib, Palmerston North Girls’ High

The runner up was Zoha Shuaib of Palmerston North Girls High School, who spoke about how we can go about eradicating racism from our country.

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