…And now this casual racism is manifesting itself in New Zealand in 2015 – together with the difficulty in recognising it.

…Scott Poynting, Professor of Sociology at Auckland University, believes…

“New Zealanders like to think of themselves as very open and welcoming and they are both of these things,” Poynting says.

“But we are not as used to cultural diversity as many other countries that have been familiar with this for a lot longer. It can lead to people being unwittingly casual about what might be offensive to others.

“We need to understand that what we are saying or doing can be unacceptable to other people.”