The Rise — and Rise — of Hate Speech in an Online World


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With Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley

Worship Leader: Ted Zorn

Recorded at Auckland Unitarian Church 20th November 2022

Kia ora tatou katoa. Nga mihi na mihi nui. Nga mihi kia koe, Ted. Thanks for the introduction, and te whare e tu nei. Tena koe. I acknowledged the house in which we are standing, sitting. Ted has kindly mentioned the book, Histories of Hate. And so I’ve got a long, have had a long connection in studying the far right. And so earlier this year, as Ted has indicated, the Prime Minister and Cabinet appointed me as a co-director of He Whenua Taurikura. He Whenua, land, Taurikura, peace, so land of peace. And what we’re tasked with doing is bringing together the best research and knowledge that we can to avoid ever having to encounter an event like the March 2019 again. So we’re just getting underway. We had a hui here in Auckland two weeks ago, in which we brought together communities, government departments and experts and we looked at the research that is available, but also the gaps that exist. Coincidentally, this book was written. Histories of Hate, was written before this appointment. But Paul Morris, who some of you might know who’s involved with religious diversity initiatives in New Zealand and is a member of the Jewish community, and I wrote the chapter on what’s happening in countries like New Zealand at the moment. And so I just want to share some thoughts there of what we’re seeing.

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