Today is Race Relations Day.
This year Mother Nature has unfortunately put a stop to those events such as the Lantern Festival and Culture Galore which celebrate the wonderful diversity in our community. However now more than ever it’s important to remember the many cultures which call New Zealand home, and support each other.
If your neighbours or colleagues are new to Christchurch or have difficulty understanding English, you can help them get the information they need.
Here are some useful resources:
- Translations of Canterbury Earthquake FAQs – including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Maori, Russian, Samoan, Thai and Tongan.
- New migrants having difficulty finding support locally can call 0800 776 948 Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm or email: email@example.com
- Visa and passport information from Immigration New Zealand for those affected by the earthquake.
- Language Line is a telephone interpreting service available on request in 41 languages. Over 70 agencies use Language Line, including the Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Labour, the Department of Internal Affairs and the Christchurch City Council.
- Access Internet Radio gives access to a range of audio clips to assist migrant communities receive quake-related information. The clips have been translated and voiced by volunteer broadcasters from community radio stations around the country.
- Read more about Race relations day and the Human Rights Commission on the library website
And for an inspiring look at the way in which Asian communities have been helping Christchurch in the recovery effort, Asia Downunder had a nice segment on its programme of 20 March, which you can watch at TVNZ Ondemand.