"Your name, skin colour and accent do affect your employment opportunities," Auckland Council's Ethnic Peoples' Advisory Panel deputy chairman Reverend Amail Habib says.
The conference, hosted by the panel at Auckland University of Technology on Saturday, aims to find out the extent racism impacts on Auckland's ability to be diverse and inclusive.
It will specifically look at providing solutions to racism in employment, which is said to affect a large number of people in Auckland's ethnic communities.
About 150 people are expected attend the conference.
Newly appointed Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is the keynote speaker and Auckland Mayor Len Brown will also address the conference.
Rev Habib wants Aucklanders from ethnic as well as mainstream communities to join in conversations.
Ethnic Panel chairwoman Camille Nakhid says: "We need to address the issue of racism and how it affects employment opportunities, and to action solutions."
A recent poll by TV3 show The Vote found 76 per cent of New Zealanders thought New Zealand was a racist country. The poll was not considered to be a robust gauge.