Rainbows are more than just beautiful natural phenomena caused by light refracting and separating through water drops in the sky; they are also a compelling cultural metaphor for harmony and inclusivity. Several social and political movements around the world, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI+) community, Greenpeace’s flagship vessel the Rainbow Warrior, and South Africa’s post-apartheid ‘rainbow nation’ have used the rainbow as a unifying symbol.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the New Zealand Human Rights Act 1993. This act provides fair and equal treatment for all people in New Zealand, without discrimination according to sex (including pregnancy and childbirth), marital status, religious belief, ethical belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
To celebrate human rights in Aotearoa the Southland Museum & Art Gallery Niho o te Taniwha is proud to present a special rainbow-themed display in the foyer. This diverse and colourful array of objects from the museum’s collection has been designed to reflect growing diversity within communities throughout Murihiku/Southland.
Join with us in remembering the past, celebrating our present, and moving forward in a colourful kaleidoscope of humanity.
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