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Source: Human Rights Commission

The Commission encourages New Zealanders at home and abroad to tune in to the National Race Unity Speech Awards 11-17 May 2020.

The Race Unity Speech Awards are an inspiring rangatahi forum where senior high school students share their views on race relations in Aotearoa. 

The Awards are moving online in 2020 as a response to COVID-19, so now it’s easier than ever to watch these amazing speeches live. The Semi-finals and National Final will stream live on YouTube: 

National Semi-final 1 – 7pm-9pm Monday 11 May:

National Semi-final 2 – 7pm-9pm Tuesday 12 May:

National Semi-final 3 – 7pm-9pm Wednesday 13 May: 

National Final – 10am-1:30pm Sunday 17 May:

We’re proud to sponsor the Tohu Eke Panuku Human Rights Commission Award for Impact, so please join Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon on final’s day this Sunday where he will share his views on race relations in Aotearoa. He recalls a highlight from the 2019 Awards – the speech by Nina Gelashvili went viral, reaching an audience of 1.5 million!    

Supporting the Race Unity Speech Awards is also a great way to celebrate Youth Week 2020. (9-17 May). Fittingly, the theme for Youth Week is: 

“E kōrero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou? | We’re speaking. Are you listening?”