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Time for all to look in mirror on racism

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Māori Party president Che Wilson is calling for a national conversation about racism in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

He says there is a need to rebuild the nation and make it stronger.

While the alleged perpetrator of the attacks is Australian, incidents of racism, hate speech and hostility to minors are not uncommon.

"We need to assess this and then look at our bias and identify, come on Aotearoa, come on New Zealand, let's look in the mirror, and it is going to hurt so we have got to be both brave and caring as we have these conversations," Mr Wilson says.

He says people need to be mindful of their language, and while many are describing the mosque victims as immigrants, some may have been born here, and all were making New Zealand their home.



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