The Not-so-Cosmopolitan Club

South Auckland is the cultural melting pot of New Zealand. People from more than 100 nationalities, and all faiths, live side by side. Many are recent migrants.

That is why it was so surprising that the

Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club

reaffirmed at its AGM a ban on turbans and other religious headwear.

This is direct discrimination against Sikh men, who have turbans as part of their permanent dress; and against Muslim women who often, by custom, cover their heads.

It is good that the matter now seems headed to

the Human Rights Review Tribunal

for a legal ruling.

The “Cosmopolitan” Club needs to catch up with the 21st century and show a more tolerance for other cultures.