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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 Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Ngaruawahia

Workshop Retreat - November 2020

         (Absent from photo: Natalie Jackson and Tahu Kukutai)

Latest News

Steven Vertovec (Max Planck Research) shares his viewpoint on Global Migration and the "Great Reshaping" To read this Click here.

The International Metropolis Project and Pew Research Center invite you to the third webinar in the cross-sectoral webinar series Mobility Governance: Trends, Crisis and Ways Forward.

Who Counts? US Elections, Geopolitics and the Implications for Mobility & Migration 

Elections in the U.S. have coincided with the disruptions and anxieties associated with a major, global pandemic. Mobility and different types of migration have been suspended, rethought, or significantly restricted. But the election's outcome raises some fundamental questions about what happens next, especially in a geopolitical sense.

Join the International Metropolis Project and the Pew Research Center on the International Migrants Day for a cross-sectoral discussion with experts about the interplay of migration and geopolitics. Particular attention will be given to four key areas of migration governance ― humanitarian migration, labour migration, student mobility, and border management ― and how the US election results are likely to impact the situation in North America and more broadly at the international level. What makes the difference between who gets in, who stays out, and who goes back? What changes are likely on policies such as visa rules, containment strategies, work agreements, temporary schemes or permanent ones? What migration governance gaps are there regionally and globally, and who is willing and able to fill them?

The event includes a brief presentation on select data & an engaging discussion with panellists, followed by Q&A.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, 12PM EST

For more information and to register Click here

Coming Home: A brand new podcast series on the New Zealanders who returned home during the pandemic New episodes arriving weekly bought to you by The Spinoff and Kiwibank. Click here to access these. 

Metropolis Asia: Post-Covid Actions & Recommendations for and of Asian Migrants:19 November Click here to register and watch the webinar.

Professor Paul Spoonley has written an opinion piece for the Asia Media Centre 'NZ's most diverse election?' Click here to read this.

The International Metropolis Project and Pew Research Center cordially invite you to the second webinar in the cross-sectoral webinar series Mobility Governance: Trends, Crisis, and Ways Forward

Inequality & Inclusion Matters: What Next in Diversity Governance?

The global conversation on diversity and inequality has changed, and with it, the nature of civil mobilization for inclusion is changing, too. Protest movements sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States have spread worldwide, reshaping national debates about institutional racism and colonial history and focusing attention on racialized violence and exclusion. The coronavirus pandemic, meanwhile, has made deeply entrenched inequalities more visible, worsened pre-existing discrimination against migrants and people of colour and taken a disproportionate toll on minority communities.

What’s next? How can societies with a history of colonization and settlement confront modern inequalities amid the pandemic experience? What needs to change to shift the reality of diversity from a social and economic liability to a dividend? What effect will those changes have on integration policies as we know them today? And how might the politics of diversifying communities and inclusion reconfigure mobility governance regimes and vice-versa?

Join the International Metropolis Project and Pew Research Center in a conversation that takes up these issues from a cross-sectoral perspective and invites participants to offer insights that apply to their own national contexts and imperatives.

Aotearoa Poster Competition: Kiwis together - 2020 - Chinese Kiwis Public Voting is now open - 8 to 22 October Click here to vote

CaDDANZ Team Briefs 8/9/10/11 are now available. To view Click here

Professor Paul Spoonley  has been quoted in a BBC Worklife article Covid-19 New Zealand’s ‘brain gain’ boost - By Natasha Frost - 7th September 2020 Click here to read this.

Professor Paul Spoonley has written an article for The Spinoff - When the great New Zealand immigration tap suddenly went dry - 7 September 2020 Click here to read this.

Professor Paul Spoonley wrote an opinion piece for the Guardian - New Zealand election will show how much we have learned from Christchurch - 24 August 2020 Click here to read this.

Aotearoa Poster Competition: Kiwis together – 2020 – Chinese Kiwis The Aotearoa Poster competition is a national art event being held for the first time in 2020. It uses art to engage us to think about how we do, and can, behave to reflect the values that are important to us as New Zealanders. 2020 focuses on New Zealand as a culturally diverse and inclusive society with a spotlight on our Chinese communities. Entries close 21 September 2020. For more information.    

Professor Paul Spoonley has written an article as part of Election Series - Massey University's Paul Spoonley says we need to have a comprehensive and informed discussion about population change and options sooner rather than later. Click here to view.

Refugees As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) Online Symposium - 5-26 August 2020 - Refugee Resettlement in a Time of International Change 

The nine webinar topics include: 

Advocacy with Meg de Ronde & Murdoch Stephens 
Asylum Seekers with Bernard Sama, Deborah Pollard & Tim Maurice 
Community Perspectives with Guled Mire & Hafsar Tamesuddin 
Mental Health with Kate Brady Kean & a select panel of RASNZ Clinicians 
Political Perspectives with Golriz Ghahraman & Helen Clark 
Racism & Discrimination with Anjum Rahman & Paul Spoonley 
Rainbow Path with Eliana Rubashkyn & Jack Byrne 
Resettlement Issues with Rachel O’Connor & Tayyaba Khan 
Youth Perspectives with Bilal Nasier & Fatumata Bah 

For full details and to register, please visit our website 

Border Management webinar, Friday July 31 - Mobility Governance: Trends, Crisis, and Ways Forward series hosted by The International Metropolis Project and Pew Research Center. Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Future Dragonz - Chinese Young Professionals are holding a special conversation on race and identity in its 10 Year Anniversary year with a Zoom series.

FD ZOOM SERIES: The Race Conversation - Give nothing to racism - A conversation with Meng Foon (HRC)

Wed, 1 July 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm (NZST) Click here for more information and to register.

Professor Paul Spoonley has been quoted in a BBC Travel article by Ewan McDonald 'Why is New Zealand so progressive?' - 19 May 2020. Click here to view.

Professor Tahu Kukutai and Professor Paul Spoonley were quoted in Stuff article 'Coronavirus:There were two, quite different Covid-19 lockdowns in New Zealand' - 14 May 2020. Click here

Professor Paul Spoonley was interviewed as part of Ramadan Conversations - Wednesday 13 May - 9-10pm.   Click here

Professor Paul Spoonley was interviewed by The Indian Weekender. 'Ethnic media will have a role to play in the Post-Covid-19 world' 30 April. Click here to view.

Professor Paul Spoonley  has been part of a team  Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures working on a report He Oranga Hou: Social cohesion in a post-COVID world. May 2020 

Professor Paul Spoonley was quoted on RNZ 'Free speech vs hate speech: The government's dilemma' 23 February Click here to view.

Diversity Works NZ wants Kiwi organisations to have their say in survey on the most pressing diversity issues in the workplace. Why Professor Paul Spoonley thinks ageing should be one of them. Click here

Dr Arama Rata was interviewed for Te Karere 'Treaty & Immigration: Māori should worry more about the Karauna than corona(virus)' 3 February Click here to view this.

Aotearoa Migration Research Network Seminar Series 2020 - The Aotearoa Migration Research Network seeks to support social science research that addresses the diversity of issues involved in moving in the world: the drivers and barriers to migration, the role of borders and state control, the lives, identities and aspirations of migrants, the role of migration in communities and economies and the emergence of diverse, multicultural and transnational social formations.

The network runs a regular seminar series which provides a forum for established and emerging 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.

To keep up with migration research new and upcoming seminars please join the networks facebook group.

You will be able to join these seminars at Massey University Auckland, University of Waikato or from your computer via Zoom video conferencing link.

The network is co-convened by Dr Jessica Terruhn who works as a Senior Researcher on the CaDDANZ research team at Massey University in Auckland, and Dr Sheman Cassim who is a Research Fellow at the University of Waikato.

Seminar series  - First Tuesday of the month 11am-Midday - Click here to view speakers and programme.

CaDDANZ Team New Zealand Population Review Volume 45 December 2019 Special Edition - Capturing the Diversity Dividend? Diversity Matters in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Click here to view.

Professor Paul Spoonley spoke at the United Nations Association event in Wellington November 21 - Click here to view article on Politik.

Dr Natalie Jackson and Dr Lars Brabyn have created the New Zealand Atlas of Population Change.

CaDDANZ Team Briefs are available for viewing online. Click here

RESEARCH at a Glance - Superdiversity website - Steven Vertovec, Daniel Hiebert, Alan Gamlen, Paul Spoonley

Professor Paul Spoonley - Massey News - October 24 - Opinion: Will the "Christchurch Call" be enough? Click here to read this article.

New Book Release - Intersections of Inequality, Migration and Diversification - Edited by R. Simon-Kumar, F. Collins & W. Friesen . Includes two chapters by CaDDANZ team members Professor Francis Collins and Dr Jessica Terruhn. Click here 

2020 International Metropolis Conference - Beijing June 12-16 Click here

Professor Paul Spoonley is overseas in Germany 30 June -17 August as a guest of the Max Planck Institute, Göttingen.   

An article Superdiversity, social cohesion and economic benefits written by Professor Paul Spoonley is todays featured article for the IZA World of Labor. May 2019 

Dr Arama Rata was quoted in an article by Carmen Parahi 'Survey finds Māori have strong affinity with Asian countries, people and cultures' Click here to read. 6 March 2019

CaDDANZ Research Newsletter: Edition 1: February 2019 Click here to view this and subscribe.

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.

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 

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.

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 - 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.

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 -

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, and an interview with Radio NZ.

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.

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.