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 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.”



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”