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Loretta Hunt-Tevaga

In this podcast Loretta Hunt-Tevaga talks about the New Zealand Police stall at Out in the Park.

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This summary pertains to a podcast recording featuring Loretta Hunt-Tevaga of the New Zealand Police, which was conducted at Waitangi Park during the "Out in the Park" event on February 24, 2018. The discussion, captured in a three-minute interview by Gareth Watkins, revolves around the New Zealand Police's efforts to support diversity, particularly within the rainbow communities, during the 2010s decade.

The interview opens with Hunt-Tevaga explaining the purpose of the New Zealand Police's presence at the event, highlighting their commitment to support diversity, which they consider a core value within the force. The conversation touches upon the role of Diversity Liaison Officers (DLOs), who have been in place for at least three years at that point. These officers are tasked with maintaining close ties to rainbow communities, ensuring that the police are kept informed about relevant events, issues, and concerns affecting these groups.

Hunt-Tevaga reflects on their own involvement with pride festivals, noting that the previous year marked their first time organizing police participation in a Pride parade. They recall the positive experience and strong support from colleagues, as well as the significance of the police procession through the streets of Wellington—a spectacle that had not occurred for approximately two decades. The event's success fostered continued involvement, with plans underway to participate in the current year's parade as well.

In preparation for the festivities, Hunt-Tevaga personally facilitated the transportation of a specially decorated police vehicle from Auckland to Wellington. This car, adorned with vibrant colors to honor the rainbow communities, was initially slated for redecoration. However, it was decided that the vehicle would remain as a dedicated community car based in Auckland, a testament to the police's ongoing support for diversity and inclusion.

The interview also briefly notes the Auckland Pride Parade, which, at the time of recording, was pending further feedback, although media coverage and photographs portrayed it as an impressive and sizeable event.

When questioned about the importance of pride events and parades, Hunt-Tevaga emphasizes the unity inherent within diverse communities. They stress the necessity for all members of society to support one another, regardless of differences, as this serves to enrich the community and create a more harmonious world.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:24th February 2018
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Waitangi Park, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004511).