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Old August 18th, 2020 #61
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Auckland's colonial-era statues could be removed after vandalism, protests

Aug 19, 2020

A review of colonial-era monuments is underway to determine whether they should be removed, given their link to racial inequality in New Zealand’s past.

The move comes after three monuments were vandalised in June, including a statue of former prime minister Sir George Grey in Albert Park which lost its finger and nose.

Auckland Council will engage with local iwi before deciding on whether to keep the statues later in the year.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300...alism-protests
 
Old August 24th, 2020 #62
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After the Christchurch shootings, New Zealand promised change. But Muslims there still don’t feel safe

Aug 24, 2020

In the days and weeks after a right-wing terrorist live-streamed the massacre of 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand’s leaders promised the country would change.

“I don’t have all of the answers now, but we must collectively find them. And we must act,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, after the worst mass shooting in the country’s modern history on March 15, 2019.

Within 24 hours of the shooting, she announced that gun laws would change. Within days, she put on a hijab for an emotional meeting with members of the Muslim community. Within four weeks, the gun reforms passed through Parliament almost unanimously. And within two months, Ardern launched a global campaign to stop terrorism spreading on social media.

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Old September 3rd, 2020 #63
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Cannabis referendum: Would legalisation change the 'race-based' targeting of Māori?

Sep 04 2020

A clergyman, a disability and human rights lawyer, a drug dealer and a doctor all have personal stories about cannabis. They agree too many Māori have been penalised for the drug but are divided about whether recreational use should be legalised. Carmen Parahi reports.

Human rights lawyer Dr Huhana Hickey claims she knows of lawyers, judges and police officers who all use cannabis. But she won’t name them. Instead, Hickey uses their consumption of cannabis as an example of the racism involved in current drug laws. She’ll be voting yes in the cannabis legalisation and control referendum on October 17.

Criminalisation a ‘racist policy’

“I can tell you it’s not like they’re innocent,” says Hickey. She calls the criminalisation of the drug, “a race-based hate for cannabis”.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/30...geting-of-mori
 
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Nazi Hunter Joins International Council Of NZ’s Holocaust Foundation

Friday, 18 September 2020

Dr Efraim Zuroff has joined the Holocaust and Antisemitism Foundation, Aotearoa New Zealand, as a member of its International Council.

Zuroff’s recent comments on the “local hero” status of Mt Hutt’s former Waffen-SS soldier Willi Huber have been widely reported in NZ and international media.

Zuroff is the Coordinator of Nazi war crimes research for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Director of the Center’s Israel Office and Eastern European Affairs. For the past four decades, he has played a leading role in helping to facilitate the prosecution of Holocaust perpetrators all over the world, and is the person who revealed the immigration to New Zealand of dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals.

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO20...foundation.htm
 
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Nazi flags and badges sold at Nelson auction despite protests

Oct 4, 2020

Nazi memorabilia went under the hammer in Nelson on Sunday despite multiple calls for the items to be withdrawn and an overnight graffiti attack on the auction house.

Police confirmed they were investigating an incident of wilful damage to a business premises in Nelson.

About 20 people reportedly attended the auction. Some were residents who outlined their concerns, and said they were asked to leave after they spoke out.

Anne Smith said the auction made her feel “ashamed after what we promised the Muslim people, to stand beside them in banning all right-wing ideology in New Zealand”.

“To see all those swastikas pinned up around the walls made me physically ill,” Smith said. “The loss of lives from all countries, war glorified for profit.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122...spite-protests
 
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Group calls out art exhibition of neo-Nazi flags, white nationalism symbols


Nov 11, 2020

Opponents of an Auckland art exhibition which featured neo-Nazi flags and symbols of white nationalism have received an apology from one of the exhibition's co-facilitators, but say it doesn't go far enough.

The exhibition by Mercy Pictures gallery closed last week, but has come under intense scrutiny by locals and activist group Tāmaki Anti-Fascist Action who believe the display, which did not include context or justification, was deeply hurtful.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the group said many of the images used were clearly symbols of oppression, disguised as art.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/...nalism-symbols
 
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New Police Minister wants more diversity but treads softly around race

Nov 23 2020

Expectations are high for the country’s first female Pasifika Police Minister Poto Williams to address acknowledged unconscious bias within the police service.

Williams’ predecessor Stuart Nash said there wasn’t systemic racism in the police, a view contradicted by the then Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.

During the Black Lives Matter protests Coster acknowledged poor outcomes for Māori in particular, saying, “We need to make sure that we’re not part of the problem, and we’re part of the solution.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cri...ly-around-race
 
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