Race Unity Hui


Race Unity Hui are spaces where young people advance the conversation about race relations in Aotearoa. All people aged 15–30 are welcome to deepen their understanding of race issues and speak their minds on how we can become a more just and unified society.


Race Unity
Hui 2019


National Hui

Te Mahurehure Marae, Auckland

Saturday 11 May 2019, 9:30am to 4:30pm

The National Race Unity Hui is held on the day of the National Final of the Race Unity Speech Awards. Young people from Auckland and around New Zealand come together at Te Mahurehure Marae to learn, discuss, share delicious kai and contribute their thoughts on race unity.

The National Race Unity Hui will bring together young people from all over New Zealand to push forward the conversation about race relations in our society. The theme of the National Hui is ‘Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity’. The National Hui is organised by the New Zealand Baha’i Community with input from the NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Ethnic Communities.

Regional Hui

We want to make it easier for young people to have their say on race relations, so for the first time we will be holding two Race Unity Hui at the regional level.

Taranaki Race Unity Hui

Friday 1 March 2019, Spotswood College, New Plymouth

The Taranaki Race Unity Hui will give high school students a chance to explore issues of race and come up with plans and ideas for improving race relations in Taranaki.

Wellington Race unity Hui

Saturday 6 April 2019, Lower Hutt Events Centre, Lower Hutt

The Wellington Race Unity Hui will explore the theme of ‘Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity’. Participants will also have a chance to help test a new app to help migrant youth settle and make connections in New Zealand communities.

Race Unity Hui 2018



The Hui was held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at Te Mahurehure Marae, Auckland and was immediately followed by the National Final of the Race Unity Speech Awards.

The keynote session at the Hui was a dialogue between human rights lawyer Rez Gardi (Human Rights Commission, Young New Zealander of the Year 2017) and academic Dr Arama Rata (Waikato University) on the relationship between unity and justice. “Unity would mean being free to embrace cultural and racial differences but not being forced to assimilate to a mainstream culture,” said Ms Gardi. Dr Rata spoke about how the Treaty settlement process has created justice and unity but has been limited because “mainstream New Zealand society has been left out of the process. There needs to be more engagement from non-Maori to achieve unity and balance.” Labour MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan commented that this dialogue was “one of the best discussions of race and justice I’ve been to, as it went a lot deeper than most others.”

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Participants of the sculpture workshop creating their masterpiece

Participants of the sculpture workshop creating their masterpiece


“I enjoyed being a part of such a moving and motivational experience”

“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!”

“Amazing event! Thank you so much; I went away inspired and equipped to do my bit towards achieving a racially diverse NZ”


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