Speak­ing to win

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Young peo­ple with a pas­sion for public speak­ing are be­ing urged to en­ter the Race Unity Speech Com­pe­ti­tions. The event was launched 14 years ago by New Zealand’s Ba­hai com­mu­nity to mark the an­nual Race Re­la­tions Day on March 21. Sec­ondary school stu­dents na­tion­wide will com­pete in 12 dis­trict com­pe­ti­tions with win­ners com­pet­ing in na­tional fi­nals. Auck­land dis­trict heats will be held at St Columba Cen­tre, 40 Ver­mont St, Pon­sonby on March 25, 27 and 30 from 7pm. Race Re­la­tions Com­mis­sioner Dame Su­san Devoy says pos­i­tive race re­la­tions aren’t some­thing young Auck­lan­ders should just read about in class. ‘‘We live in one of the most peace­ful na­tions on earth but we can’t af­ford to take this for granted, hu­man rights must live in the places we live.’’ Go to race­u­nity.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion on the event.

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