Meet the team
Eyeview Ethnic Trust is committed to bringing New Zealand’s cultural diversity to life through print and digital media, in order to inspire people to be more curious, open-minded and engaged with their neighbours. My team and I firmly believe that understanding is the key to respect, empathy and compassion in society; that if we take the time to understand differences – in ethnicity, background and upbringing, religion and choices – we will appreciate and respect them more. And, in recognising the differences, we will see more clearly the things that we all share, such as joy, grief, compassion, family and love. In other words, our shared humanity.
Once we reach this place of mutual understanding, respect and appreciation, we believe the benefits to society as a whole will be immense. Negative stereotyping will be dispelled, as will preconceived biases and the fear that often comes from ignorance. Tensions that currently exist between different cultures will fade and our communities will become safer, more collaborative and happier places to live and work.
Understanding the importance of diversity in our world today is the first step to true acceptance and this is why this project is very close to my heart.
Together, our differences make us stronger as world citizens. Our projects give us the opportunity to learn more about one another’s experiences and the journeys we’ve all been on, which can shed a light on a life different to our own and provide us with a new perspective.
The world order has changed; borders are blurred, communities have been displaced and have merged with others. This is never going to reverse; diversity is the new norm. So let’s embrace it and use it to learn, to grow and to bring our planet back from the crisis in which we find ourselves. The possibilities are exciting!