New Zealand’s first regional reporting system for racist incidents
The official launch of Speak Out Nelson Tasman – a reporting system for racist incidents – was held on Monday, 29th November. The Nelson band Samba De Sol, led the dignitaries and invited guests to the 1903 site where the launch was held.
Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres
Speakers at the launch included Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, Maryan Street, Labour List MP, Inspector Brian McGurk, Nelson Police, Richard Kempthorne, Mayor of Tasman and Aldo Miccio, Mayor of Nelson, Alistair Webber, project co-ordinator and Evey McAuliffe, Nelson Mulitcultural Council.
Making our community safer for people of all cultures
Speak Out Nelson Tasman is an initiative of the Nelson Multicultural Council, with the support of numerous other organisations, government agencies and the Human Rights Commission.
Project co-ordinator Alistair Webber said the user-friendly system allowed racism to be reported confidentially on the Speak Out website, through a free-call number or face to face at several community centres.
Mr Webber acknowledged Debbie Kohner, a human rights lawyer from Northern Ireland, who wrote a research report in Nelson published in August last year.
The Launch was closed by the Victory School choir directed by choir master, John Phillips.