RACE UNITY CONFERENCE – Saturday 12 May 2018

Venue and programme to be finalised

As always, the conference will be fun!  It will be free!  And it will be both educational and inspirational! 

The 2017 Conference was attended by the finalists and semi-finalists of the Speech Awards, their supporters, and other interested youth and adults – in fact, anybody who would like to attend is more than welcome to do so, although registration is appreciated.

The 2017 participants discussed the state of race relations in Aotearoa, what actions we can all take to stand up to racism, and how to prevent racism by promoting harmony and understanding. In the afternoon, some of the participants worked on a submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, while others expressed their ideas about race relations through the arts, including slam poetry and drama.

The 2018 programme has yet to be finalised but it will be just as fun and just as interesting – so mark this date in your calendar now!



What earlier conference participants have said:

  • “I enjoyed being a part of such a moving and motivational experience”
  • “Through competing and attending the conference, I have met so many great people, it has opened my eyes to new perspectives. I have been made aware that the issue of racial unity is – on a wider scale – unity of the society we live in, and reached an understanding of just how important unity is.”
  • … thank you for making this opportunity available to all of us …and thank you for showing me the multitude of ways we can make change in our society.”
  • “..it would be good to extend the days to a week for this sort of important event.”
  • “Thanks for such a wonderful opportunity! It’s been a great honour and because of it I have gained more confidence in my everyday life! Thank you!”
  • “Keep doing what you’re doing, you have no idea how incredible this experience that you have provided for us is!”
  • “Thanks for an amazing experience. I hope to be back next year, fingers crossed!”
  • “Amazing event! Thank you so much; I went away inspired and equipped to do my bit towards achieving a racially diverse NZ”
  • “Everything was awesome!”
  • “I enjoyed taking part in the intriguing and thought-provoking workshops. I found then really stimulating”
  • “The whole experience was fantastic… I really enjoyed listening and comparing all of the different viewpoints on how we can improve and enhance Race Relations in Aotearoa.”