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Articles and Features

Collection of articles, predominantly from New Zealand media outlets, around the Black Lives Matter movement and marches in Aotearoa. The links included in the list focuses on New Zealand's news and current events pages who reported on the marches in Aotearoa as well as articles on the trial and verdict of Derek Chauvin.



Anna Harcourt

In the biggest march the city has seen in a decade, an estimated 20,000 Wellingtonians turned out for the Black Lives Matter march on Sunday June 14. Here we share some photos and quotes from the speakers.

BLM protests across NZ, Little says 'we've got to change'

Otago Daily Times

Daisy Hudson

Thousands of people have gathered for Black Lives Matter rallies in centres around the country this afternoon.

Black Lives Matter

Victoria University

Professor Grant Guilford

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington affirms its support for the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, and its commitment to addressing systemic racism, injustice, and violence.

Black Lives Matter Solidarity And Anti-racism Rally, 14 June 2020


Third Culture Minds

People around Aotearoa New Zealand will be coming together on Sunday 14 June to stand together in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and unify against racism in our country and the rest of the world.

Black Lives Matter outrage must drive police reform in Aotearoa-New Zealand too

The Conversation

Katey Thom & Khylee Quince

Kua takoto te manuka – the laying down of the manuka leaves – is part of the traditional Māori wero (challenge) that serves to symbolically question another group’s motives or intentions.

As we witness the Black Lives Matter protests spread from the US to Aotearoa-New Zealand, the wero is about facing institutional racism at home.

Black Lives Matter protests are about more than statues for New Zealand


Glenn McConnell

Huge numbers of Kiwis returned to the streets over the weekend to protest for an end to racism – but debate since then has been focused on art.

There is plenty to be said of the colonial-era statues that fill public squares and parks around the country. But discussions about what to do with old statues of dead warmongers and white supremacists pale in comparison to the challenges of, for instance, reforming the education and criminal justice systems.

Black Lives Matter: Auckland protesters gather for march on Queen St


Lana Andelane/
Kethaki Masilamani

Demonstrators have gathered in Auckland's CBD to protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a global campaign that has gained significant traction since the alleged murder of African-American man George Floyd by a white police officer on May 25.

Black Lives Matter: How you can support the movement from New Zealand


Josephine Franks

Since George Floyd’s death, protests have erupted across the world, including in New Zealand.

Racialised police brutality is not new, but recent events have brought the issue of racism into sharp focus worldwide.

Black Lives Matter: Thousands at Auckland and Wellington marches


Catrin Owen & Andre Chumko

Thousands of people have gathered in Auckland and Wellington for a second stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Darnella Frazier: Teenager's footage of George Floyd's death 'meant everything' to the case

NZ Herald

Sam Clench

Americans are heaping praise on the teenager who filmed Derek Chauvin pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck for almost 10 minutes, suggesting her footage is "the only reason" the former police officer was found guilty of murder yesterday.

Derek Chauvin murder trial: Jury finds former Minneapolis cop guilty of murdering George Floyd


Lana Andelane, Tom McRae

Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 46-year-old Black man George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin trial: George Floyd's girlfriend recounts their drug use


Steve Karnowski, Amy Forliti and Tammy Webber

George Floyd's girlfriend cried on the witness stand on Thursday (local time) as she told the story of how they first met in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter where Floyd was a security guard with “this great Southern voice, raspy”. She also recounted how they both struggled with opioid addiction.

Derek Chauvin trial: New footage shows George Floyd inside shop shortly before death


Michael Tarm

Prosecutors Tuesday (NZT) played video from an elevated police surveillance camera that hadn’t been previously released publicly. It shows officers first trying to get Floyd into a police vehicle, then pulling him out and putting him on the ground. Jena Scurry, a police dispatcher, testified that she checked that camera's feed off and on over several minutes and became concerned because the officers stayed in the same position for so long.

Ex-cop Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd


Associated Press

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty by a jury for the murder of George Floyd.

George Floyd death: 'I witnessed a murder', witness tells trial of accused police officer Derek Chauvin


Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti

A man who was among the onlookers shouting at a US police officer to get off George Floyd last May testified that he called 911 after paramedics took Floyd away, “because I believed I witnessed a murder”.

George Floyd murder trial: 'Back off' - The eye-opening police footage you haven't seen

NZ Herald

Heath Moore

New harrowing footage of George Floyd's altercation with police that led to his death has been shown in court, with some of it previously unseen until now.

George Floyd murder trial: Crowds react with emotion as jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges

NZ Herald

Scenes of jubilation erupted on the streets outside the courthouse where former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

George Floyd murder trial: Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts

NZ Herald

Amy Forliti, Stephen Groves and Tammy Webber

US President Joe Biden says George Floyd's death was "a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off" for all the world to see the problems with race and policing in the United states.

George Floyd murder trial: Verdict on Derek Chauvin's guilt or innocence looming

NZ Herald


Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering George Floyd.

George Floyd murder trial: What next after Derek Chauvin's conviction on all counts?

NZ Herald

Amy Forliti

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, was handcuffed and taken into custody today after being convicted of all three counts against him.