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 Vaughan Park  Workshop Retreat - Long Bay, Auckland - June 2017                                 (Absent from photo: Tahu Kukutai, Arama Rata, Malakai Kolomatangi)

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When: Thursday 8th and Friday 9th February 2018

Where: Massey University Auckland Campus - Albany


If you would like to view some of our Pathways Conference speakers live Thursday and Friday please click on these links below  to access-

Day 01 Part 01:  2018 Pathways Conference - Super-diversity and the Social Organisation of Difference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Steven Vertovec



Day 01 Part 02:  2018 Pathways Conference - Religious Diversity: Mixing Matters of Church and State

Keynote Speaker: Father Rod Bower



Day 02 Part 04:  2018 Pathways Conference - Structures of Urban Conviviality: Everyday Multiculturalism as more than Interpersonal

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Amanda Wise



Day 02 Part 05:  2018 Pathways Conference - Young People of Aotearoa Talk about Identities and Aspirations (A Panel Discussion)



Day 02 Part 05:  2018 Pathways Conference - Migration and Colonialism: Communities, Relations, Potentialities (A Panel Discussion)



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.