25 Aug 2009

Awards for contribution to race relations

3:09 pm on 25 August 2009

Manurewa marae has won a national award for its outstanding contribution to race relations.

The marae has been named as one of 12 recipients of the Human Rights Commission's - annual New Zealand Diversity Action Awards.

It was presented by the Governor-General in Wellington on Monday night.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, says what makes Manurewa marae special is the way it provides for the area's various communities, not just Maori.

He told Waatea News that one of the events the marae organised in the past year was a special taonga day, where people from many cultures brought their treasures to the marae.

Regional museum also

Another organisation to receive an award for an outstanding contribution to race relations was Whanganui Regional Museum.

Mr de Bres said what makes the Whanganui Regional Museum special is its unique partnership between tangata whenua and the wider community.

The museum's Te Pihi Mata, The Sacred Eye, exhibition opened in 2007. It displays photographs of Whanganui iwi taken by WHT Partington from 1892-1908.