About Us

Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ, pronounced 'cadence') is a research programme led by teams from the University of Waikato and Massey University. The team also includes staff from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington. It is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The 'face' of New Zealand is changing rapidly as a consequence of the settlement  of migrants from throughout the world, temporary and circular international migration, growing ethnic diversity, population ageing, changing fertility patterns and urban growth.

CaDDANZ is  a research programme that will identify how New Zealand can better prepare for, and respond to, these demographic changes in order for the country to maximise the benefits associated with an increasingly diverse population.

The research measures, maps and analyses the complex societal impacts of diversity and the implications for businesses, households and communities of mobility, migration indigeneity, ethnic identity, demographic change (including structural ageing and fertility) and urban/regional disparities. A significant component of the research is concerned with the implications of diversity for Maori and with how Maori engage with diversity.


           Team Photo at Our Ladies Home of Compassion, Island Bay, Wellington. 

Workshop Retreat - October 2018 

         (Absent from photo: Robin Peace, Lars Brabyn, Natalie Jackson and Malakai Kolomatangi)

Latest News

RESEARCH at a Glance - Superdiversity - New website - Steven Vertovec, Daniel Hiebert, Alan Gamlen, Paul Spoonley. Click here to view this.

International Metropolis Conference 2019, 24-28 June, Ottawa, Gatineau, Canada. Click here for more information on submissions - workshop proposals, individual papers and posters.

Professor Paul Spoonley has written an article Superdiversity, social cohesion and economic benefits for IZA World of Labor. 

International Metropolis Conference 2018, 29 October - 2 November 2018, Sydney, Australia. 

In order to recognise the involvement in Metropolis (22 years since the first conference in Milan) and to say thank you, the recent Metropolis conference in Sydney started with a session that focussed on Dr Howard Duncan's experiences and observations. Howard stood down as Executive Director. The incoming Co-Director(with Professor Jan Rath, University of Amsterdam) Professor Paul Spoonley acted as interviewer. The conversation traversed the last 22 years, the conferences attended and the impact of the Metropolis network. Howard will still remain a member of the International Steering Group. (ISC) The next ISC meeting will take place in the Azores while the next Metropolis conference will take place in Ottawa, Canada in June 2019.

EVENT: The Institute for Research Into Superdiversity (IRiS) is proud to present an exciting Spring School opportunity: Renegotiating Diversity, Integration and Migration in a Changing World
1-5 April 2019, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, UK. Click here for more information. 

Professor Paul Spoonley awarded for Support to Chinese migrants, honoured by public trust CNSST Chinese New Settlers Trust for 20 years outstanding support. Click here 

PATHWAYS CONFERENCE 2018 - Webcasts are available for viewing. Click here 

MIGRATION RESEARCH NETWORK SEMINAR SERIES 2018 - Co-convened by Dr Jessica Terruhn (Senior Research Manager, CaDDANZ Massey University) and Professor Francis Collins (University of Waikato). 2018 Seminar Series on Immigration and Diversity has now concluded.  Click here to join the Migration Research Network for regular updates and to register for events.

EVENT: Inclusive Workspaces: Diversity and Public Policy

Launch for a new report by Professor Edwina Pio and Mervin Singham, published by The Policy Observatory, AUT.

The authors will be joined by Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities, to talk about the leading role that the state sector can take in supporting diversity and inclusion.

WHEN: Thursday 29th November 2018 - 4:30pm with talks starting at 5pm.

WHERE: WZ100C, WZ Building Foyer, AUT City Campus, 6 St Paul Street, Auckland 1010.

REGISTRATION: RSVP through Eventbrite preferred, but tickets not required.

EVENT: The University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series -

A Series of four lectures - 27 Sept-16 Oct  - Beyond discrimination, towards inclusion

One of New Zealand’s foundational national myths is that of egalitarianism, of equal opportunity, of everyone having a ‘fair go’. This was never true, but everyday realities in Auckland and across New Zealand increasingly point to a society fractured along identity lines.

Issues of inclusion and discrimination are now a feature of everyday conversations about life and wellbeing in New Zealand’s largest city. Housing, education, transport, health: outcomes and opportunities differ from suburb to suburb far more in a society that has long prided itself on values of acceptance and tolerance.

Nationally, growing concern around unconscious bias in justice, courts, and education, access to housing and healthcare, and the impacts and manifestations of ‘rape culture,’ regularly appear as topics of concern in public discourse

Internationally, the refugee crisis in Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and Brexit in the United Kingdom all point to aspects of social breakdown, xenophobia, racism, and discrimination.

Committed to offering thought-leadership and contributions to local, national, and global conversations on society and the issues we face, the University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s 2018 Lectures will address these issues with a focus on the socially-pressing issue of inclusion and discrimination.

This four-lecture series will contribute to advancing the intellectual, cultural, environmental, economic, and social wellbeing of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, and addresses some of the barriers to inclusion, participation and success of diverse groups within, and beyond, education and employment. Click here for more information.

25 Scholarships for PhD students to attend the Sydney International Metropolis Conference

(October 29-November 2 2018) More information can be found here. 

Dr Arama Rata was interviewed by Radio NZ this morning - 2 October - Who decides on 'NZ values'? Māori leaders ask. Click here to listen.

Dr Arama Rata will be part of a panel discussion Wednesday 26 September at a Wellington Community Justice Event - 'Hear Our Voices, We Entreat' calling for equality for asylum seekers and conventional refugees. Click here for more information on this. 

Professor Francis Collins has joined Waikato University as Director of NIDEA, and Principal Investigator for the CaDDANZ Project.  His brings extensive knowledge and research interests in temporary migration, international student mobilities, the urban dimensions of migration and diversity.

CaDDANZ team members Dr Natalie Jackson and Dr Lars Brabyn are excited to release the New Zealand Atlas of Population Change. Click here to access this.

Associate Professor Robin Peace has been given the award of Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. Click here to read more.

Professor Tahu Kukutai and Dr Arama Rata's chapter in the book 'Fair Borders? Migration in the 21st century' and Interview in e-Tangata were referred to in The Spinoff - It's time for Aotearoa to step up and welcome home more refugees. 7 July 2018 Click here to read this article.

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley chaired both a meeting of key stakeholders and a public discussion on “Hate Speech and the Internet” at the National Library in Wellington on the 22 May. The key partners in the first meeting are Internet NZ, Netsafe, UNESCO NZ, Office of the Children’s Commission and the Human Rights commission. The public meeting is part of Internet NZ series on issues to do with the internet. 

Professor Paul Spoonley has also been asked to be a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the 2019 Metropolis conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada. The Advisory committee is made up of 6 Canadians and 6 from around the world to advise the conference organisers.

Professor Paul Spoonley elected as Co-Chair of the International Metropolis Project Steering Committee. Click here to read.

Dr Jessica Terruhn and Professor Paul Spoonley produced the New Zealand Diversity Survey - April 2018 for Diversity Works NZ. Click here to access this.

Professor Paul Spoonley - NZ Herald - 29 March - Immigration restrictions fail to dampen numbers as NZ hits record net migration gains. Click here

Professor Paul Spoonley was a keynote at the NZPI Conference in Tauranga on March 21-23 2018. The survey results post-conference noted him the highest rated keynote speaker. His presentation can be viewed here.  

Professor Paul Spoonley presented at a public seminar in Sydney, Australia - Responses to Syrian-Conflict Refugee Settlement in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, UK, Canada and New Zealand. 14 March 2018. Click here to read 

The paper on New Zealand’s response to Syrian conflict refugee settlement was co-authored by Professor Paul Spoonley and Dr Jessica Terruhn. Click here to read the New Zealand report alongside other country reports.

Professor Paul Spoonley on Radio New Zealand. Click here to listen to recording -Pakeha to become minority in AKL in decade-plus - 12 January 2018

Professor Paul Spoonley was interviewed by NZ Herald - Click here to read article 'Would-be migrants with skills needed in the regions targeted'. 25 November 2017

Professor Paul Spoonley talks diversity at Papatoetoe High School - What is it like to live in the world's fourth most diverse city - Auckland, New Zealand. Click here to watch this video.

2017 Race Unity Speech Awards - In 2017 the  Speech Awards were contested by about 150 high school students from 14 different regions of New Zealand, with six outstanding national finalists speaking on the subject “Say no to racism!” Click here to access these speeches. Click here to access the Race Unity Challenge speech shared with us recently by Wellington College head boy Rahul Prasanna.

November 2017 - Professor Paul Spoonley was interviewed by CKNW News Talk AM980 on the 'Similarities Between NZ and BC Real Estate' Click here to listen to this.

Professor Paul Spoonley and Dr Jessica Terruhn recently participated in the The International Metropolis Conference in The Netherlands. Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley challenged international immigration experts at a major gathering in The Hague to understand why there is such widespread anxiety about immigration. Click here to read this article.

The eSocSci Migration Research Network has its second seminar in the series this Wednesday 4 October 11am-midday. Associate Professor Jay Marlowe will speak about 'Digitally mediated refugee (re)settlement: Social media and belonging'. Click here for more information. 

Dr Trudie Cain featured in the Taranaki Daily News - Our immigration nation: A reason to worry or a chance to welcome? Click here to read this article. September 2017

Dr Arama Rata has made a great video 'Māori and Diversity' for her entry in to the thinkable.org - 150 years of Discovery:Emerging Research category. Click here to view this and vote by Friday 15 September.

CaDDANZ team members Professor Tahu Kukutai and Dr Trudie Cain  along with Associate Professor Damon Salesa (University of Auckland) will share their research on the impact of increasing Maori, Asian and Pacific populations and the consequent possibilities for reconfiguring relationship dynamics as part of 'The Asia Pacific Century Talkfest'. This will be on Sunday 17 September 11:30-3pm - Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Click here for more information.

The eSocSci Migration Research Network has been launched this week. Co-convenors are Dr Francis Collins and Dr Jessica Terruhn (Senior Research Officer - CaDDANZ) This provides a forum for migration researchers as well as representatives of migrant communities, and policy makers and practitioners working with migrants to share insights from new research and create dialogue in a regular seminar series. Click here for more information on our events page.  Click here to join the network and participate in an exciting series of zoom seminars. 

Professor Tahu Kukutai will be presenting Winter Lecture 3 - Never the twain shall meet? Bridging the Indigenous-Immigration research divide on 16 August in Auckland. Click here for more information.

Professor Paul Spoonley has contributed to a  four-part Podcast Series - Slice of Heaven on immigration, launching 16 July - RNZ Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman. Click here for this.

Professor Paul Spoonley and Dr Arama Rata will be on the panel at LATE Auckland Museum: Home Sweet Home? A Question of Immigration. Wednesday 9 August 6-9pm. Click here for more information. If you missed this the panel segment of LATE was recorded by Radio New Zealand National. This will be available online as a podcast in the coming weeks - radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/smarttalk.

June 2017 - Professor Tahu Kukutai and new CaDDANZ team member Dr Arama Rata wrote a chapter in the recently released book 'Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century' Click here for more information on this book. This book has generated some press interest with Mana magazine, Sunday Star Times, an interview with Radio NZ and E-TANGATA Magazine.

June 2017 - Associate Professor Michael Cameron (Acting Principal Investigator - CaDDANZ research programme) has released a blog - How segregated is Auckland, and New Zealand? Click here  

June 2017 - Professor Paul Spoonley was one of the panelists and  Dr Trudie Cain was the convenor in the Event - 'Talking ethnic diversity and immigration in Tāmaki Makaurau' on Tuesday 6 June in Auckland. For more information on this event see   

Congratulations Dr Junjia Ye - co-winner of the 2016 Labour History Best Book Prize - Class Inequality in the Global City: Migrants, Workers and Cosmopolitanism in Singapore.

Sadly CaDDANZ team member Dr Junjia Ye will be returning to Singapore at the end of this semester, but we are fortunate to have Dr Trudie Cain joining the CaDDANZ team.

February 2017 - CaDDANZ has been awarded its second gold rating by its funder MBIE - one of just 15 MBIE-funded projects out of 258 to achieve this rating.

Pathways Conference - 9-11 November 2016 - MBIE, Stout St, Wellington. Click here for programme and presentations.

Dr Junjia Ye launched her book - September 2016 - Class Inequality in the Global City - Migrants, Workers & Cosmopolitanism in Singapore. Click here to purchase this book.

Professor Paul Spoonley - editor - released his latest book -  16 September 2016 - Rebooting the Regions - Why low or zero growth needn't mean the end of prosperity. Click here to buy direct from the Massey University Press website. 

Professor Jacques Poot gave a guest lecture at Treasury - 1 June 2016 - The Economics of Cultural Diversity:Recent findings. Click here to read more about this.

Professor Jacques Poot presented at the Immigration New Zealand - Settlement Summit held at Te Papa on 7-8 April 2016. To view Jacques presentation slides see   Poot Settlement Summit slides for distribution.pdf (1,029 KB)

February 2016 - CaDDANZ has been awarded a gold rating by its funder MBIE - one of just 25 MBIE-funded projects out of 203 to achieve the rating. Click here to read more about this.