(QHA) - Judith Collins, the Ethnic Affairs Minister of New Zealand, will open the first Muslim World Forum in Auckland on Saturday, according to World Bulletin. "This Forum is a fantastic opportunity for the Muslim community to reflect on its journey so far and discuss its future contribution to New Zealand," said Collins, adding "Participants will direct discussions, define issues and propose solutions, to contemporary challenges facing the Muslim community. They will also discuss what opportunities exist to highlight the benefits of inter-cultural collaboration may bring, as for example in the halal meat industry." Mentioning that the opening of the forum was an example for the world of New Zealand’s approach to building social harmony, she also said that the forum was a token of appreciation for the contribution of the nation’s Kiwi Muslim community. She also praised the forum as a means to tackle discrimination, saying, "This Forum will break down stereotypes so we can appreciate diversity and be in a better position to take advantage of all the opportunities this diversity brings".

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