- Annual Hui – Saturday 11 May, 9am - 5pm
- Skillshare – Sunday 12 May, 9:30am - 3pm
- Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy Conference Centre, 15 Guildford Terrace,Thorndon, Wellington
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Religion, Race and Descrimination: Panel speakers
Anjum Rahman is a chartered accountant, also working in various voluntary roles in the community sector. She was a founding member of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, an organisation formed in 1990 to bring Muslim women together and represent their concerns. Over the years, she has been Chair, secretary, and media spokesperson. She is a founding member and trustee of Shama (Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre), a social service organisation that provides support to ethnic women through social work, life-skills classes and community development. She has worked on sexual violence prevention programmes and participated in governmental advisory groups in this area. Anjum has been an active member of the Waikato Interfaith Council for over a decade, a trustee of Hamilton’s community access broadcaster, Free FM, and a member of the Waikato Police Ethnic Advisory Group. Along with these roles, she writes poetry, is a member of the Interfaith Choir, is a mother of two, and takes on various public speaking engagements. Her favourite activity, for reasons which should be evident, is sleeping.
Tze Ming Mok is a writer and sociologist specialising in race, ethnicity and research methods. She has a background in human rights and anti-racism advocacy and activism, including direct action against the New Zealand National Front. Previously, she worked for the press office and media team of Amnesty International IS in London, for the UN in Geneva, and for the NZ Human Rights Commission. She is currently completing a PhD in the Social Policy Department of the LSE, and is a council member of the Population Association of New Zealand, an Associate Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini, and an Associate of The Workshop.
Laura O'Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue) is the Director of ActionStation, an independent, crowdfunded community campaigning organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders acting together to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves everyday people and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). She is also the Co-Founder and Board Chair of RockEnrol, a volunteer-powered organisation dedicated to activating the political power of young people.
Professor Joseph Bulbulia is The Maclaurin Goodfellow Chair of Theological and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a senior investigator for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, a national-scale longitudinal study of over 42,000 New Zealanders that has been running since 2009. Joseph seeks to quantify changes over time in levels of prejudice toward minority groups to better understand the conditions that promote acceptance. In his panel session, Joseph will outline recent research on attitudes towards Muslim minorities in New Zealand.
Celebrating our advocates
We are looking for nominations for the Dove Awards to honour the Amnesty Advocates in New Zealand who go above and beyond in their volunteer contribution to Amnesty International and human rights. People who are an example to us all. Categories you can nominate for include:
- Youth Advocate
- Best action/event
- Long Service
Nominations need to come complete with full details of why an individual/team/action is deserving of the award, with supporting information such as photos and media coverage. The deadline is Wednesday, 24 April.
Accommodation, food and getting around
If you're traveling to Wellington for the Annual Hui and Skillshare, here's a page of useful links.
The Offical Bits
Amnesty International New Zealand is governed by a statute that our members created. It ensures that rules of operating are followed and key information is provided to everyone at certain times.
Nominations for the Board
Current Board members seeking re-election:
These nominees were selected from an outstanding pool of candidates who responded to the Board's call for applications. The calibre of the applications is a sign of Amnesty's reputation in New Zealand, and made the job of selecting nominees very difficult.
However, the Board had identified clear gaps in the experiences, skills and perspectives of the existing Board members, so we had clear criteria by which to assess the candidates.
Those criteria were:
- Experience of and connections in Te Āo Māori
- Dedication to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Experience of human rights advocacy
- Understanding of and dedication to human rights in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally
- Understanding and experience of governance in membership organisations
The two nominated candidates each bring experience in these areas, and between them will add considerable depth and breadth to the skills and expertise on the Board. In particular, they will help the Board and Amnesty to build stronger connections with Te Āo Māori, which is critical to our organisation's ability to engage effectively in domestic human rights research, advocacy and campaigning.
Please click here to see the Standing Orders for the Annual Hui 2019.
You can find the minutes from the Annual Hui 2018 here.
Proxy Voting Forms
You can download a Proxy Voting Form here. Proxy Voting Forms must be returned to Amnesty International, PO Box 5300, Auckland by 1 May 2019.