This document contains links to resources that teachers can use with groups of students interested in the topic of race relations. It’s purpose is to make it easier for teachers to engage groups of students in the Race Unity Speech Awards and Race Unity Hui.


Key documents

documents that can be studied or explored with a class. Links are provided with further context and ideas about how the documents could be explored with students.

Sample slides and lesson plans

an example of how this year’s Race Unity speech topic could be explored with a class of students, including slides and lesson notes.

Subject-specific opportunities

ideas and examples of how an exploration of the Race Unity kaupapa could fit within the curriculum of specific subject areas, including English, te reo Māori, Social Studies and Media Studies.


Why resources for teachers?

Race unity Speech Awards and Hui are spaces where young people express their views on how we can improve race relations in Aotearoa. These initiatives are allowing some young people to influence the national conversation about race relations. However, it is mostly students already gifted in public speaking who participate in the Speech Awards, and the Hui have so far had quite low attendance. We firmly believe that all young people have the potential to contribute to the goal of race unity, and we want to enable more students to participate in a range of ways.

Accordingly, we have been considering how we can support teachers to explore this kaupapa with more of their students. For example, we have seen some teachers engage large groups of students in the Speech Awards, or bring whole classes of students to a Race Unity Hui. One suggestion we received from teachers involved in the Speech Awards is that a pack of resources would help more teachers explore race unity with classes or groups of students.

The following documents, links and sample lesson plans are our first attempt at providing this sort of pack. We would love your feedback on whether this pack was useful for you, how you used it and what how it could be made more effective as a resource for teachers.