Philip Turner, the Ambassador of New Zealand to S. Korea ep.32
World Ch. Schedule : MON 20:00 KST
Date : 2021-05-03
Diversity: This is perhaps the biggest keyword to describe today’s New Zealand. Especially last November when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s second term cabinet member lineup was announced, it drew much media attention for its highest diversity seen yet. Nearly half the members are female and there are also more Maori and sexual minorities represented than ever before. The same goes for parliament with people from African, Latin American, and Asian descent. The political landscape really was reflective of the diverse society of New Zealand.
This however was not a feat achieved overnight. In the past, New Zealand struggled with countless conflicts between the indigenous Maori and the new British settlers on the land, and has since been continuously striving for a peaceful coexistence of all people. The government also fiercely protects the minorities from discrimination and have established policies to protect their rights. This week we’ll meet with the Ambassador of New Zealand to S. Korea, Philip Turner, to hear about the past and present of today’s New Zealand that has been charging full-speed ahead to create a diverse society.