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Message from New Zealand Prime Minister for the Race Unity Speech Awards and Hui

Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern: "Following the tragic events in Christchurch, this year's Race Unity Speech Awards and Hui hold even greater significance. We need to think deeply and carefully about our country's rich and precious diversity, and what we need to do to remain an inclusive, multicultural country. ... I wish you all the best for this year's Race Unity Speech Awards and Hui, and I am sure the event will inspire thoughtful, open and positive discussion."

Race Unity Hui and Speech Awards

The annual Race Unity Speech Awards were initiated by the New Zealand Bahá’í Community in 2001 in support of Race Relations Day (21 March). The speech topic this year is “Speaking for Justice, Working for Unity”. At the national level, a Race Unity Hui is being run in conjunction with the National Finals of the Speech Awards on 11 May 2019 in Auckland.