- Category: Interfaith
- Created: Saturday, 30 March 2013 20:28
- Published: Saturday, 30 March 2013 20:20
- Written by Alison Weinstock, Alison in Aotearoa / New Zealand
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One step into the auditorium revealed that we were in for more than we bargained.
Saturday was "Race Relations Day" here in Whangarei. An invitation was extended to me earlier in the week by a friend from Indonesia to attend this special event and watch her perform some traditional Indonesian dances. I was under the impression that this would be a drop-in multicultural festival of sorts, a chance to experience some different ethnic foods and meet new people. Apparently what I expected and what was planned were two different things, because our "dropping in" 30 minutes late meant that we missed most of the Maori powhiri and stepped right into a full human rights programme. The event was organized by the local Baha'i congregation and the Human Rights Commission, with a proud transgender individual introducing the theme of the evening.