By NZISM Secretary
A summary from National Police HQ regarding the various places where hate speech or violent extremist material can be reported.
Experiencing hate (bias or prejudice) can cause immense harm and fear.
If you, or someone you know, is being targeted because their identity, such as their race, religion, sexuality, gender, age or disability, it is important to support, record, and report. You can report any activity that makes you feel unsafe.
Make sure you and any affected people are in a safe place, away from the offender. If you are a witness, make it clear the person(s) affected are not alone and you are there to support them. If you can do so safely, record a video or take photos of the incident, write down details (e.g.time, location, descriptions of people involved), and preserve any evidence. This could be important if there is an investigation.
Ways to report are below:
Or call 105, or 111 in an emergency
Crime Stoppers is an independent charity offering a safe and anonymous option to speak up and report.
Or call 0800 555 111
The Human Rights Commission offers a free, confidential service to help with enquiries and complaints about unlawful discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, and harmful speech.
Or call 0800 496 877
You can report issues including online abuse, bullying and harassment, to Netsafe.
The Digital Violent Extremism Team at DIA is responsible for keeping New Zealanders safe from online harm by responding to and preventing the spread of objectionable material promoting or encouraging violent extremism.
Visit dia.govt.nz/Countering- Violent-Extremism
CERT NZ responds to cyber security threats in New Zealand. They support people affected by cyber security incidents and provide information and advice.
Members of the community can access the DIA website page which provides reporting information in a variety of different languages.
DIA have also provided some useful information (See below).
Protective security at your sites:
Can I also remind everyone to ensure that sites linked to your respective organisations should complete a security review and audit of processes and hardware. There has been an incident lately that was not recorded on CCTV as the recording function on the device was not working. While it can be difficult to identify someone via photo or video it is still a vital piece of evidence that may show repeat behaviour from the same person at the site, or the same person is being seen at multiple sites.
Owners and operators can access the assessing your protective security tool and security audit form on the link below. Do not underestimate having members making themselves familiar with the “detecting hostile reconnaissance” tool as well.
More resources in a variety of languages is here: Standing against hate - resources | New Zealand Police
Thank you for joining the Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) network.
We hold various online and face-to-face events throughout the year and if one occurs near you, we would love to meet you in person.
LinkedIn - Please make sure you join our LinkedIn group to stay connected and on top of our planned webinars and events. We encourage you to post anything in the WISE group page that you think other network members would find useful or inspiring. Please don't be shy. The more we reach out, the more we connect with each other, and the more we can help each other on our journeys.
We might send you the occasional email but our web page on the NZISM website is always the best place to go for an overview of what's coming up in the WISE calendar.
Margaret van Schaik