Former Gisborne Mayor and Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon says while New Zealand is making progress towards equality there are still pockets of racism.
Foon spoke to The AM Show about how he's adjusting to his role as the Commissioner and how New Zealand can improve.
'There are a few New Zealander's who are racist, but the majority is kind and good" he said on Thursday.
However he did say there are problems with stereotyping and unconscious bias - not just in people, but in Government.
"Structural organisations like education, the District Health Boards and Oranga Tamariki do have an unconscious bias and a little bit of racism and discrimination too," he said on Thursday.
"We've been going down the same path for years and getting the same results, so it's time to reevaluate."
Watch the full interview above.