New Zealand Diversity Forum 26 August

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Register now for the 2013 New Zealand Diversity Forum on 26 August in Wellington. There is a cost for a full day multiple session ticket, that includes a light lunch, snacks and awards evening. A single session ticket is free.
The theme of the conference, “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand …” continues from Race Relations Day in March.
The forum is a unique national convention, now in its ninth year, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.
The is a multitude of subject areas available in the forum including:

Diversity and Research 10.30am-12.00noon

This session from the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research will feature three social action researchers. Cherida Fraser will present on the AppleCART project which addresses dietary change and social connectedness to improve the physical, psychological, and wellbeing of whanau in need.  Sara Kindon will discuss the benefits and limitations of participatory research to support the effective resettlement of refugee background communities. Aidan Tabor will present on the 5-day Intercultural Awareness course designed and delivered for the New Zealand Police to prepare them to work effectively with and within Māori, Pacific and ethnic communities.

A Fair Go for All in Criminal Justice 10.30am-12.00pm

All persons are equal before the law and are entitled to the equal protection of the law without any discrimination. However, evidence suggests that there are two forms of structural discrimination that exist within the justice system in New Zealand. The first relates to the nature of the system and the second relates to practice within it.
Inspector Waata Shepherd and Dr Simone Bull, NZ Police
Kim Workman, Rethinking Crime and Punishment
Julia Whaipooti, JustSpeak
To read recent Human Rights Commission research on this, click here.

Working with Māori Communities: sharing best practice 10.30am-12.00noon

Community development where government agencies work with communities around specific social outcomes is now an important part of advancing a positive social agenda. Work in the both settlement support and family violence prevention requires a high level of community engagement and buy-in.
Family and Community Services (FACS) will bring together community practitioners who have been developing capacity in family violence prevention. The session will be focused on sharing good practice when working with Māori communities. The model also has resonance when working with both pacific and other ethnic communities.
For research around working with Māori communities, click here.

A Fair Go for All in Health 3.00-4.30pm

Everyone has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. However significant and deep-seated ethnic disparities in health and well-being continue to afflict New Zealand.
Dr Heather Came, AUT – see her paper, Institutional Racism and the Dynamics of Privilege in Public Health
Professor Shanthi Ameratunga, University of Auckland
Kerri Nuku, Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, NZ Nurses Organisation
Jen Margaret, AWEA – Education for Social Justice
For the full programme, click here.
Community Research


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