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Other events

Find out about other events being held around New Zealand involving members of CaDDANZ and other research groups.

First Symposium of the Aotearoa Migration Research Network

When - Friday 4 September 2020

Where - The University of Waikato (or virtually via Zoom)

Theme - Migration in uncertain times:Im/mobilities, belonging and identities in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Programme - 

Over recent weeks, the introduction of border restrictions in Aotearoa/New Zealand (and many other countries) to stop the spread of COVID-19 has put a sudden halt to mobility and migration. While this situation has revealed anecdotes of compassion, agency and resilience towards, and by some migrants, it has also created immediate uncertainties and challenges for many others. For example, migrants have faced increased experiences of economic hardship and interpersonal racism, and experiences of ‘limbo’ as people find themselves unable to enter their homes, or countries of work or study, are separated from family members, or unable to secure permanent residence while visa processing is suspended. But alongside creating new uncertainties, this unprecedented situation has also shone a spotlight on longstanding inequalities that routinely accompany migratory movement and migrant lives. These include, but are not limited to, differential rights for temporary migrants, experiences of displacement, poverty, racism and discrimination, or labour market exploitation.
This one-day symposium aims to discuss migrant belonging and identities in the context of the uncertainties – new and old – that shape, accompany or result from migration endeavours. 

For questions about this Symposium or to join the mailing list of the Aotearoa Migration Research Network (AMRN), please contact the network conveners Jessica Terruhn and Shemana Cassim 

Aotearoa Migration Research Network & Mobilities Network Seminar Series 2020

The Aotearoa Migration Research Network in collaboration with Mobilities 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.

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

Seminars - every month on a Tuesday 11:00am-12:00noon. Join these seminars from your computer via Zoom video conferencing link or if you are at Massey University Albany Campus (AT2.51) or at University of Waikato (Room S.1.10)

Zoom video only option during Covid 19 Lockdown restrictions and speakers subject to change.

3 March - Jessica Terruhn (Massey University) - Diversity and equality in visions of neighbourhood renewal

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7 April - Teena Brown Pulu & Harminder Singh (AUT) - Mobile communities: Rural Punjab and South Auckland Sikhs

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5 May - Sarah Jane Lipura (University of Auckland) - Mobilities in a state of pandemic and immobility: Reflections of an international student

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2 June - Juanita Rojas (SHAMA Crisis Coordinator) - Brave conversations: developing practices for cultural diversity within mainstream organizations 

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7 July - Hira Umair (University of Waikato) - Impacts and effects of migration on young children in ECE setting

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25 August - Professor Paul Spoonley (Massey University) - Demographic Disruption - And Why Immigration Has Become So Important.

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5 September - AMRN Symposium

13 October - Michael Roche (Massey University) - Permitting (im)mobility and the creation of identities

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Aotearoa Migration Research Network Seminar Series 2019

26 March - Dr Parisa Kooshesh (Massey University) - Re-definition of social identity among Iranian migrant females in New Zealand

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16 April - Dr Teena Brown Pulu (Auckland University of Technology) - South Auckland Sikhs and Punjab Issues: Justice, Identity Work and Development

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14 May - Dr Sripriya Somasekhar (ACC) - Family Violence in Indian migrant communities in Aotearoa: What we know

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18 June - Dr Roja Tafaroji (Auckland Council) - Understanding difference: the key to an equitable outcome for resettlement process of immigrants with refugee background.

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16 July - Prof Linda Mitchell (University of Waikato) - Immigrant and refugee families constructing pathways to belonging through early childhood education

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13 August - Pavithra Jayawardena (Victoria University of Wellington) - Where to belong and why?: Sri Lankan immigrants' views about New Zealand and Australian citizenship

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10th September - Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar (University of Auckland), Prof Francis Collins (University of Waikato) & Dr Wardlow Friesen (University of Auckland) - In the Intersections of Inequality: migration and diversification in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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8 October - Dr Elena Kolesova (Independent Researcher) - I am not from here: (Hi)stories of people from a refugee background in New Zealand

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5 November -Dr Liangni (Sally) Liu (Massey University) - Albany-an ethnic enclave or a suburban immigration community? - A study of the new patterns of Chinese immigration from China to New Zealand 

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Renegotiating Diversity, Integration and Migration in a Changing World

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. 

Are you, or do you know, an Early Career Researcher, PhD student, Masters student or a professional in the field of migration and diversity?  With a programme including expert lectures, masterclasses, mentoring, and peer presentations, the IRiS Spring School provides a unique opportunity for participants to develop their research and expertise in a highly supportive and knowledgeable environment.  Speakers and mentors include Professor Jenny Phillimore, a world-leading expert in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare and Dr Nando Sigona, renowned Reader in international migration and forced displacement and the editor of the book series Global Migration and Social Change, by Bristol University Press.  The cost of the Spring School is £450 with a concessionary rate of £350 for students.  The price includes a welcome reception, refreshments and lunch each day, expert lectures, masterclasses, plus one group dinner and activity.  

Please visit the dedicated IRiS Spring School webpage where you can find useful information and the short application form.  The deadline for applications is Friday 11th January 2019. If you have any questions please contact Ella Mortlock by email: or telephone +44 (0)121 414 5718.

Migration Research Network eSocSi seminar series 2018

Co-convened by Dr Jessica Terruhn (Senior Research Manager, CaDDANZ Massey University) and Dr Francis Collins (University of Auckland), the Migration Research Network invites you to attend this year’s seminar series.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers with presentations on diverse topics related to immigration and diversity. Seminars can be attended via zoom from your PC.

Please Click here to join the Migration Research Network for regular updates and to register for events.


21 June – Liangni Sally Liu (Massey University)

19 July – TBA

16 August – Dr Holly Thorpe (Associate Professor, Waikato University)

13 September – Natalie Slade (PhD candidate, Massey University)

11 October – Dr Bronwyn Wood and Mika Homolja (Victoria University)

08 November – Guanyu Jason Ran (PhD candidate, Massey University) 

The Asia Pacific Century Part 2

Over the next twenty years, Aotearoa’s Maori, Asian, and Pacific populations will grow to make up over 50% of the total population.1 The Asia-Pacific Century is an ongoing project that responds to this shift. It is dedicated to collectively working through the questions we face as our national identity continues to evolve.

The project is called The Asia-Pacific Century because during its first phase (at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in mid-2016) we used the idea of ‘Asia-Pacificness’ as an alternative lens for our national identity—a counterpoint to the framework inherited from our British colonial lineage. Part One also revealed a shared delight in the formation of unexpected relationships: between minority groups, between immigrants and indigenous peoples, and between people working within similar terrain across different fields. These relationships have become a governing concern of The Asia-Pacific Century. By tending to these relationships we hope to ground the project at an empathetic human scale—against a background in which discussions of diversity are often driven by political and economic agendas.

Part Two, hosted by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, will pick up from these conversations, continuing to think through the relationship between our bicultural foundations and our diversifying society. This iteration takes specific direction from its setting in Tamaki-Makaurau, where the demographic shift feels particularly accelerated, with almost 50% of the population comprising Maori, Asian, and Pacific peoples. Current discussions around the region’s ‘superdiversity’ speculate on its possible repercussions, ranging from economic opportunity to suburban segregation.

From 29 July – 1 October, Te Uru will host an open research hub that acts as a space for project participants and gallery-goers to contribute and engage with a series of key ‘touchstones’ —important ideas, texts, objects, and histories—as well as talks, discussions, and events.

Curated by Emma Ng and Ioana Gordon-Smith. The Asia-Pacific Century: Part One featured contributions from Bepen Bhana, Peter Brunt, Kerry Ann Lee, Lana Lopesi, Local Time, Ahilapalapa Rands, Balamohan Shingade, Melinda Webber and Anna-Marie White. The Asia-Pacific Century: Part Two includes contributions from Bepen Bhana, Max Harris, Kerry Ann Lee, Lana Lopesi, Local Time, Ahilapalapa Rands, Balamohan Shingade and Melinda Webber.

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

29th July - 1 October 2017

Migration Research Network eSocSi seminars

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Migration Research Network, hosted on eSocSci Hui Rangahau Tahi. The Migration Research Network 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. We invite you to join the network and to circulate this invitation to your contacts who may have an interest in dialogue around migration.

To mark the launch and to establish a platform for engagement and dialogue around migration scholarship we will be holding three inaugural eSocSci seminars featuring leading New Zealand migration researchers. Our hope is that these events will serve as a starting point for an ongoing series of migration related seminars that help to build a vibrant and inclusive research network. We invite you to join the network through the Migration Research Network page and to participate in this exciting series of seminars over the next two months. All seminars will be hosted on the eSocSci zoom network.

06 September 2017, 11:00-12:00. Associate Professor Alan Gamlen, University of Adelaide (presenting from the University of Auckland)

Migration Studies: present challenges and future opportunities

Alan is the Editor-in-Chief of Migration Studies and the Director of the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research. In this first eSocSci seminar Alan will give his perspective on some of the significant challenges that exist in migration studies today and reflect on the direction of future research. Participants will be invited to contribute their reflections on migration research both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, including empirical and theoretical developments, public engagement and debate and the directions of migration and settlement policies.

04 October 2017, 11:00-12:00. Associate Professor Jay Marlowe, University of Auckland (presenting from the University of Auckland)

Digitally mediated refugee (re)settlement: Social media and belonging

The world is currently witnessing unprecedented movements and numbers of forced migrants since World War II.  Heated local, national and international debates focus on the impact of resettling refuges in relation to social cohesion, capacities to integrate, national identity, the allocation of finite resources and the potential implications for security and safety.  Internationally, political parties have recently leveraged populist support where a ‘politics of fear’ has justified particular anti-immigration agendas and policies. Alongside these developments, the proliferation and accessibility of a wide range of digital communication technologies is transforming the structure and role of social networks.  The use of these technologies raises additional questions about the ways people interact with others in places proximate and distant. This presentation considers these contemporary and fast moving political, technological and social developments to highlight the relational, civic and structural engagements that inform the settlement futures in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

25 October 2017, 11:00-12:00. Dr. Kate McMillan, Victoria University of Wellington (presenting from the Victoria University of Wellington)



We look forward to seeing you in person or virtually in these upcoming events and to ongoing collaboration through the Migration Research Network.

Massey University Albany - Professor Rainer Baubock Presentation - December 2015

  • Date: Wednesday 16 December
  • Venue: Quad A Boardroom in Albany
  • Presenter: Dr Rainer Baubock- Professor of Social and Political Theory, European University Institute - Italy
  • Topic: 'Democratic Inclusion in Migration Contexts'

Whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose rights should be protected by a democratic government? Who has a claim to citizenship status and the franchise? Most theories of democratic inclusion have suggested that these three questions must have the same answer. I propose that they don't. The reasons why emerge when we consider the impact of international migration on democratic boundaries and membership. 

Rainer Bauböck holds a chair in social and political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. He is on leave from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in normative political theory and comparative research on democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism and minority rights. Together with Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh) and Maarten Vink (University of Maastricht), he coordinates the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship at

Max Planck Visit - November 2015

How should researchers record, understand and present material on diversity in the 21st century?  Can Massey researchers do something exciting and different? 

A team from Max Planck visited the Wellington and Albany campuses last week to discuss such issues.  This follows the MoU signed between Massey University and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.  Dr Alexei Matveev and Chris Walker spent 10 days discussing how the CaDDANZ (Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand) research programme from Massey and Waikato could replicate or expand on Max Planck’s GlobaldiverCity project. Dr Matveev also spent a day with the team at Waikato discussing how visual technologies could be incorporated into other CaDDANZ research projects. 

Max Planck’s Dr Matveev is an expert in the use of contemporary technologies to record and understand diversity.  These range from providing interesting stories or visualisations based on statistical data or the use of technology to film life in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods. 

The Massey and Waikato members of the CaDDANZ team are excited by working with Max Planck to develop new technologies to explore Auckland and New Zealand’s contemporary diversity. 

As Professor Spoonley notes, “We are at the beginning of a $5 million project on the superdiversity of New Zealand – and we are keen to learn from our colleagues at Max Planck, why not innovate and develop new ways of generating understanding”.

PANZ Conference 2015

  • Date: 29-30 June 2015
  • Venue: University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 

The Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ) invites you to its biennial conference.

The conference will include papers on a range of population-related issues and analyses such as population change, Maori and ethnic populations, migration, health, education, labour market, identity and community change.

This is an opportunity to network with a range of professionals who work on population issues in academia, national and regional/local government, consultancy and other agencies.

CaDDANZ team members Professor Jacques Poot, Professor Natalie Jackson, Dr Michael Cameron and Dr Alison Day will be presenting papers at this conference.

For further information and to register click here.


  • Date: 8-10 APRIL 2015

CaDDANZ team members - Professor Paul Spoonley, Dr Angelique Praat, Dr Jia Junjia Ye and Dr Matthew Roskruge attended this conference.

Organised by the Max Planck Institute for Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity under the combined auspices of the European Research Council and the Max Planck Society, the event brought together more than 100 international academics from around the world.

The overarching aim of the Academy was to stimulate senior and junior scholars to challenge and to push the ways social scientists conceive and research changing and emergent configurations of urban social complexity, increasingly called ‘super-diversity‘.

For more information and photos click here.

Professor Jacques Poot - Autumn 2015 Visiting Professorship

Professor Jacques Poot returned to New Zealand from the UK where he has had a busy schedule as recipient of the autumn 2015 Visiting Professorship. He gave four public lectures for which video podcasts are available below.

The lecture at LSE titled "Can the weight of evidence on impacts shape the future of international migration?"

The lecture at the University of Southampton was on "Is welfare the magnet that draws the migrants? Lessons from Austalasia" Click here to view.

The lecture in Oxford  titled "Does cultural diversity boost immigration?" Click here to view.

The lecture in Leeds titled "Migration, trade and networks" Click here to view.  

Professor Jacques Poot also gave five staff seminars and participated in various activities in London including a Kea function on the NZ economy at the NZ High Commission, a formal dinner in the Churchill Room of Parliament and was introduced to Princess Anne at the 25th Anniversary Function of the NZ-UK Link Foundation.

Diverse Bananas, Global Dragons conference 2014

  • Date: 30 May - 1 June 2014
  • Venue: The University of Auckland Business School; 12 Grafton Road; Auckland

"This conference provided an opportunity to share thoughts and reflections on the impact Chinese are making in New Zealand and globally ... as it is these stories that create a rich tapestry in a global world where communities are complex and wonderfully varied" (Virginia Chong, National President NZCA).

Click on the link for more information:  Diverse Bananas Global Dragons 2014           

Massey University and Westpac present The New New Zealand Forum

The New Global Order: When China Rules the World and What it Means for New Zealand

  • Date: 16 October 2013
  • Venue: Level 9, Westpac HQ, Britomart, Auckland
  • Time: 2.00 (followed by networking drinks from 5:30-7:30)

Martin Jacques’, author of “When China Rules the World” made the keynote address at this international event, outlining his thinking on the new global order and what impact that will have on New Zealand. As the world becomes more Chinese and less Western, we will see a fundamental transformation during the course of this century – Dr Jacques discussed why New Zealand must be a part of this profound change.

Dr Jacques was joined by a panel of expert speakers who shared their views, and challenged thinking about New Zealand’s current approach to East Asia. Panelists included Haylon Smith, Tony Everitt, Karen Silk, Jeff Johnstone and Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley of NTOM, Massey University. 

For more infomation, please contact Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

Massey University lecture series: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

What does it mean to be an Aucklander? Cultural diversity and citizenship in the 21st Century

  • Date: 7 August 2013
  • Venue: Massey University’s Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatres, Albany, Auckland
  • Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm

Auckland’s demographic and cultural mix has changed dramatically in recent decades. The city is now one of the most immigrant-dependent in the world with 56 per cent of residents either immigrants, or the children of immigrants. This lecture explored these changes and the implications for everything, from our food habits and sports to identity and language, and asked: do we need to rethink what it means to be an Aucklander or New Zealander in the 21st Century?

For additional details about this event, please email the presenter directly:

Economic Impacts of Immigration and Population Diversity

11—13 April 2012

University of Waikato

About 60 researchers and policy analysts from around the world met at the University of Waikato on April 11 to 13 to discuss economic impacts of immigration and population diversity. The workshop was hosted by Waikato's National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), together with its Wellington partner Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. The Integration of Immigrants Programme (IIP) was a key sponsor of this event.

For more information, please contact Professor Jacques Poot from the Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi research project.