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Why Speak Out & Report Racism

  • To help make our community safer
  • To stop it happening again
  • To teach people that its not OK
  • To get help and justice for victims
  • To collect information about racist incidents to assist the Human Rights Commission and the Police to educate and make our community safer
  • International Best Practice – UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination, (ratified by NZ)
Stop Nelson multicultral ethnic incidents

The Nelson/Tasman region is multicultural

The following numbers come from research in 2009 for the “Towards a Reporting System for Racist Incidents in Nelson Tasman” report by Debbie Kohner*.

  • Nelson has third largest percentage of migrants per capita in 2008 behind Auckland and Wellington
  • We have 48 different ethnicities or nationalities living here
  • Our Māori population has doubled since 1991
  • Our Asian population has more than tripled since 1991
  • We had 772 International students residing in the region in 2008
  • According to the report, more than 90 per cent of non European participants who have lived in the region for more than a few months had experienced racial abuse.
    • 81% personally experienced racism
    • 86% witnessed racism
    • 39% felt unsafe
    • Only 21% reported, but 80% would report if easy to do so

Note: Debbie was the author of the Research Report “Towards a Reporting System for Racist Incidents in Nelson Tasman”: Diverse Communities Speak published in 2009. Our community owes Debbie a huge debt of gratitude for her time and professional expertise given on a voluntary basis over many months.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Junior