FROM the top of the South Island to the bottom, a Human Rights Commissioner ended her tour with a two-day stop in Southland.
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo visited various groups and agencies during her trip, including Miharo Murihiku.
She said she had a great time visiting both Gore and Invercargill last week, and driving herself meant she had a greater understanding of what people said to her.
Some young Maori still felt disconnected and lacked confidence in terms of their identity.
“They don’t see symbols of their heritage.
“That’s the sad bit.”
One of the concerns raised with her was that members of the Maori and Pasifika communities still had racism directed at them.
“It’s there. It’s subtle.”
However, there had been progress and shifting of attitudes recently, particularly with Murihiku Polyfest, she said.