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 2019
“Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity”

 
 
 
 

NATIONAL WINNER

Robbie White, New Plymouth Boys' High School

Robbie’s speech cited examples of past and present New Zealand leaders who have helped to forge unity in Aotearoa. Robbie used the metaphor of a tui building a nest to explain how to unify people of different backgrounds.

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National Runner Up

Nina Gelashvili, Kuranui College 

Nina spoke of using four principles to guide New Zealand towards race unity - inclusion, acceptance, love and education - which we can take ownership of by following the principles and passing them down to the next generation to ensure a better future.   

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