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Race Unity Speech Awards

16 January 2019

The Race Unity Speech Awards are held each year in support of Race Relations Day. MNZ has been a partner of the Awards for many years. The Speech Awards are a platform for senior high school students to express their ideas on how we can improve race relations in Aotearoa.
The organisers of the Speech Awards are keen to collaborate more with Regional Multicultural Councils on this year's Speech Awards. Some of you will be supporting the Speech Awards in some way already - if so, well done!
The regional coordinator of the Speech Awards in your area may get in touch with you to seek support in early 2019.
Here are few ways that you can support the Speech Awards:
• encouraging senior high school students to enter the Speech Awards (via the website ) – Nelson Multicultural Council is already promoting it!
• encouraging adults, families and community leaders to attend the Speech Awards (held regionally between 8-11 April) and support the students making speeches
• providing practical support to the regional coordinator of the Speech Awards in your area, such as a volunteering to help on the night (e.g. selecting or be a judge, time-keeping or set-up) or providing a venue
• encouraging or funding students to attend Race Unity Hui - conferences where youth can deepen their understanding of race issues and share their views on how we can become more harmonious and unified as a nation - the National Race Unity Hui will be held in Auckland on 11 May and the organisers are still confirming plans for a few regional hui.
As part of your Race Relations day event, the organisers of the Speech Awards have offered that they may be able to support some of our plans and activities. For example, there are many young people who have previously participated in the Speech Awards who might be able to do a speech at Race Relations Day celebrations on the theme “Our people, our cultures, our languages: O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo” . If you'd like to be put in touch with Speech Awards 'alumni' you can discuss this with the regional coordinator from your area, or contact the national organisers of the Speech Awards (
English Language Partners New Zealand (EPL), CLANZ and COMET Auckland have expressed support for the 2019 Race Relations Day theme. It will be incorporated with the International Mother Tongue Day which is celebrated each year on 21 February.

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