The results were a strong sign of the discontent surrounding the escalating migrant crisis, paving the way for the disruption of the two-party government system, which has ruled the country since 1945.
New Zealand is doing better when it comes to being open-minded about diversity, but we still have a way to go.
An Ethnic Communities Engagement Summit is underway at Auckland’s AUT University this weekend, aimed at helping different cultural groups learn how to be active in their communities.
Multicultural New Zealand and Migrant Action Trust are among those organising the event, where keynote speakers and leaders will talk through ways people of non-European ethnicity can be supported in New Zealand.
Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said he’ll share some of the challenges he’s faced as a first-generation Kiwi-born Chinese, while encouraging people to work hard and get involved.
“To participate in the community, to be part of school boards, community organisations, participate in sports and it’s governance - so there’s a whole lot of governance opportunities for people to be supportive of each other.”
Mr Foon said he’s seen a huge difference in the way he was treated as a boy, compared to the way his own children are treated in the playground.
He said racial taunts don’t seem to be as prevalent, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for improvement.
“I think New Zealand needs to actually come out of it’s mono-language - definitely should be compulsory Maori and English at school at least and then multi-choice languages after.”
AN ENGLISH city council did not to host a single St George’s Day event because they claimed the area is “too multicultural”.
Bristol City Council allowed the national day to pass without a single event for the patron saint, despite its history dating back to 1222.
Council chiefs said 91 different languages are spoken in the town and it would be “very difficult to commemorate them all”.
Some in the area feel as though the English symbol has been hijacked by far right groups and are concerned about being branded “racist”.
According to theDaily Star Sunday, Kalphna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which aims to unite Bristol’s multicultural communities, said people can be frightened of the white and red St George’s flag.
She said: “There was a point in the past when I’d see the St George’s Day flag flying and it would frighten me, as it had been taken over by ‘we are England’ type groups.”
A Wellington shop worker has been awarded $38,872.71 in compensation after the Employment Relations Authority found his employer regularly took money out of his wages.
Shopperstop, a small business in Courtenay Place that sells takeaway food, has been ordered to pay Tarun Bhola, after an investigation uncovered what it described as serious and sustained breaches.
The authority said Shopperstop director Harpreet Mundra deliberately took advantage of Mr Bhola’s vulnerability as a migrant worker dependent on a work visa by making him pay an initial lump sum of nearly $8000.
It found Mr Bhola was made to repay part of his weekly wages in cash.
Labour inspector Kevin Finnigan said an investigation found Mr Mundra also failed to pay minimum wages, statutory holidays and provide annual leave.
He said Mr Mundra did not keep adequate time and wage records.
According to UN projections, Sweden will be a much poorer country by 2030, much worse than what anyone in the Swedish government indicates.
The UN report HDI (Human Development Index) predicts a significant decrease in Swedish prosperity, unlike their Nordic neighbors, who will retain their top positions and even strengthen them globally in the long run.
In 2010 Sweden had the 15th place in the HDI rankings but according to UN forecasts, Sweden will be #25 in 2015, and in 2030 on the 45th place.
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