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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Anti-Muslim attitudes not the Kiwi way

Anti-Muslim attitudes not the Kiwi way
Muslim New Zealanders are just normal ¬New Zealanders, the woman at the centre of a widely publicised anti-Muslim attack in Huntly has told Massey University students. As a guest speaker for a course on New Zealand identity and citizenship, Mehpara Khan talked about the multiple and interwoven threads of her identity – as a woman, a Muslim and a New Zealander. “There are multiple threads that make up who I am – the Hijab [head scarf traditionally worn by Muslim women] is not the sum total of my identity, but it makes up an important part of the mix as does being just a normal New Zealander.”