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Celebrating Race Relations Day and flourishing ethnic diversity in Porirua
On Thursday 23 March a Race Relations event was hosted at Pataka – Porirua’s art gallery, museum and library precinct – to celebrate the newly established relationship between Multicultural Council Wellington and Porirua City Council.
The event was an opportunity to showcase the rich cultural diversity of Porirua and to promote other Race Relations Day events that will be happening over the course of March and April. This includes the formal national celebration which will be held on Sunday 23 April, at Shed 6, on Wellingtons Waterfront. For more details about this upcoming event go to the Multicultural New Zealand website.
The Mayor of Porirua, Mike Tana, talked about the value of a culturally diverse community and how Porirua locals have a long history of welcoming new comers into the fold and supporting them to be active members of the community. One of the speakers at this event was local Porirua business woman Mazina Jalal. She spoke about her personal experience in moving to Porirua and starting her own business. Mazina spoke about the amazing support she had received from her community when her husband was very ill and how she wants to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to her and her family over many years.
Other speakers at this event included Dame Susan Devoy, Race relations Commissioner. Dame Susan spoke about Race Relations Day and the “That’s Us” campaign which encourages New Zealanders to stand beside each other to create a more accepting and inclusive society, and to speak out against racism and discrimination.