Women members of the Waikato Islamic Association wear a form of the traditional hijab, the distinctive head covering associated with Islam. Women who wear the hijab are the most identifiable members of New Zealand's Islamic community. While New Zealand has a reputation for multicultural tolerance, there have been cases of discrimination against women wearing the hijab. In 2011 in Auckland two women wearing a form of the hijab that covered their faces were not allowed onto buses. Discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, religious or ethical belief is prohibited by the Human Rights Act 1993.
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