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Tweet inspires anti-racism event

An inaugural anti-racism, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and decolonisation online and offline open-access event to be held this month was inspired by a tweet from Kiwi singer, songwriter and documentary-maker Moana Maniapoto, says Dr Heather Came-Friar.

Dr Heather Came-Friar

Dr Came-Friar who is one of the coordinators of Te Tiriti based Futures: Anti-racism 2020  (TBF2020) from March 21 – 30 said the tweet was about the need for more decolonisation training.

“The event is about building anti-racism capacity, deepening understanding about Te Tiriti, decolonisation, mobilising people, inspiring people, building awareness, knowledge and hopefully some action,” she said. Dr Came-Friar who is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism said the response to the event was phenomenal with over 4500 registrations to date, 49 partners and “’lashings’ of watch-parties and associated face-to-face events.” HPF’s Executive Director Trevor Simpson who is on the STIR team said the response to the event after months of ‘mahi’ was encouraging. Webinar topics include institutional racism and anti-racism, decolonisation, building Tiriti-based futures and transforming our constitution. Overseas presenters will also discuss lessons for Aotearoa from their experiences with these issues. The open-access webinars will be posted online, where they will become permanent resources for anti-racist activism and Tiriti education. TBF2020 also includes face-to-face events in multiple locations, these will include Tiriti workshops, train-the-Tiriti-trainer hui, public talks, webinar viewing and discussions and community pot luck dinners. New anti-racism and Tiriti resources, both printed and online, will gradually be added to the site. TBF2020 will start with a one-day hui on March 21, Race Relations Day, hosted by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua in Tāmaki Makaurau. Check out the diverse programme at