Race Relations Day - 21st March | ELPNZ

Race Relations Day - 21st March

15 March 2017

We are proud of how ethnically and culturally diverse we are here in Aotearoa. Every March 21st, English Language Partners New Zealand promotes Race Relations Day, an important day in the calendar to champion the struggle to eliminate racial discrimination.

The theme for Race Relations Day 2017 is:

"That's Us: What do we stand for? What do we stand against?"

"Koinā tātou: He aha ka tautokona e tātou? He aha ka whakahēngia?"

English Language Partners stands for:

Diversity: we are welcoming

Aotearoa New Zealand has become a very diverse country, with people from all cultures settling here, enriching our lives, neighbourhoods and communities. Everyone is equally welcome.  

Partnership: we work together for success 

Working in partnership allows people to co-operate. By talking through ideas, and working side by side, we can achieve much more together than alone. Whether we work together as a couple, a group or a whole society, using language well is the key to our success. Let's talk about working together. 

Respect: we care, listen and respond

We have many ways to show respect. In many cultures, it is customary to remove one's shoes before entering a home. Doing so, regardless of one's own culture and preferences, is a sign of respect. The world runs better with respect.

Excellence: we value our work and aim high

At English Language Partners, we want to be the best in the world at what we do, which means setting ambitious goals and reaching them. Being a Kiwi means achieving triumphs.


We have joined with Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) to create a vibrant poster featuring ‘Language is my Identity’ in 32 languages, including English, Māori and NZ Sign. This poster is  available to help celebrate this important day. A pdf version is accessible through the English Language Partners website: http://bit.ly/2ki4zZz