Race Unity Day is a celebration of the ethnic diversity of Hutt City and the greater Wellington region. With an amazing variety of food from a myriad of cultural backgrounds plus performers presenting their cultural music and dances, it makes for a fun day out.
There are also international craft stalls and multi cultural information displays.
In 1997 the Bahá’í community approached the Race Relations Conciliator of the time, Dr Rajen Prasad, with the suggestion that a Race Unity Day be established in this country. Discussions took place over many months and on 10 December 1998 (Human Rights Day), the Race Relations Office formally announced that Race Unity Day would be celebrated in New Zealand on 21 March each year, beginning in 1999. (21 March was chosen as it is also the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.) Race Unity Day was renamed Race Relations Day in October 2002.
From the start, Bahá’í communities throughout the country were amongst the strongest supporters of Race Relations Day, which is now increasingly celebrated by other faith groups, district and city councils, ethnic councils, schools, and others.