Educate migrants about secular
The Auckland Regional Settlement
Strategy makes proposals on addressing host attitudes and citizen education
which is very much in line with proposals from the Centre for Citizenship
Education says Raewyn Stone, Project Chair of the Auckland Regional Settlement
Central and local government
politicians have a crucial role to play as role models a setting a climate
of acceptance and celebration of diversity she said to the citizenship
education networking function in Wellington on 22 August, 2005.
Raewyn Stone, Acting Manager,
Community Development, Manukau City Council said local government has
a key role to play in supporting diversity and providing the social infrastructure
that helps "connect" people at the local level.
o Settlement is a two-way process
requiring respect, acceptance and adaptation by both migrants and host
o The attitudes of host communities
can be a major barrier to successful settlement
o New Zealanders need to not
just "tolerate" difference and diversity but embrace and accept
it as a strength
o Many migrants face particular
challenges in adapting to a multi-cultural, secular democracy e.g. role
and status of women; status and rights of disabled people; of gays.
o We need an open debate about
national identity and what are the defining features and "bottom
lines' of being a "kiwi".
The Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy should be complete sometime
in October she said.
Find out more
Acting Manager, Community Development
Manukau City Council
262 8900 ext 8936
mobile 027 464 2919
Updated 24 August 2005