Since our launch on August 1, we have received numerous messages from across the country. Mostly congratulatory, but with one concern.
As one reader very graciously wrote, “Congratulations and I wish your endeavour every and sustained success!”. “But do note”, the reader goes on to add, “New Zealander’s of UK decent are [also] a cultural group in New Zealand! Your (Kiwi) representation of cultural groups – does not include this very sizeable and influential group at all levels in society. After watching Sunday last night on the two Canadians rhetoric on free speech on racial issues – [I think] we need to find a way to include New Zealander’s of UK decent in our discourse of cultural diversity, and should do so from the very beginning. Now.”
To be published every alternate Wednesday, this newspaper aims to be your definitive guide to all things ethnic and multicultural in New Zealand.
At last count, Aotearoa had 213 ethnic groups calling it home. Unfortunately though, inspite of all the good intentions of average Kiwis, and efforts put in by government, ethnic communities in New Zealand still feel "alienated", "left out", or "voiceless". What aids such a feeling - and this is a general consensus - is that the ethnic issues, news, views, struggles, successes, or celebrations, don't find adequate representation in the country's public discourse.
Multicultural Times is an effort to change this prevailing state of affairs with the ultimate goal of creating social cohesion across New Zealand.