NZ diversity forum

New Zealand Diversity Forum 2016

New Zealand Diversity Forum 2016

Take part in an inspirational day of free talks and discussions about cultural diversity and positive race relations.

  • When Thu 1 Sep 2016, 8:30am–4:30pm
  • Where
    Te Marae and Amokura Gallery, Level 4
  • Cost Free event (registration required)


Aotearoa New Zealand is at a cultural crossroads. With racial intolerance on the rise globally, what challenges do we see in our everyday lives? What kind of future do we want for Aotearoa? What can we do now to safeguard the future? Join speakers ranging from Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy to human rights advocate Deng Adut as they explore these questions.

This year’s forum theme is Te Anga Whakamua | Future Focus 2016.

See the full programme


Keynote speaker Deng Adut

The keynote speaker, Deng Adut, is living proof that humanity can always triumph over inhumanity. Kidnapped when he was 6, Deng endured life as a child soldier in Sudan before being granted refugee status by the Australian Government at the age of 11. When he was 15, he taught himself how to read. By the time he was a young adult, he was putting himself through university while living in his car. Deng is now a leading human rights lawyer, advocate, mentor, and community leader. 


Photo of Deng Adut, 2015


Deng Adut, Sudanese Australian and unforgettable Human Rights Advocate, March 2015. Image courtesy of Deng Adut


Forum Sponsors and Partners

The New Zealand Diversity Forum is organised by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the following sponsors and partners: 

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