Since releasing the Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Law, Policy and Business last November, (downloaded now over 130,000 times) and discussing with many businesses and organisations how to implement strategies to address the growing diversity of their employees and customers, I have realised the need to refresh what the word “diversity” means in 21st century New Zealand.
The literal meaning of “diversity” is broad and so it is important that we don’t constrain the diversity of employees and customers mainly to gender or ethnicity. (more…)
NZ First leader Winston Peters says a move to set up a new ethnicity-based political party for Asian and Indian immigrants is a “an extraordinary demand” which will harm New Zealand.
The People’s Party has been set up and acting leader Rohan Nauhria told RNZ it would campaign on issues such as crime and was aiming to get into Parliament by focusing on the Indian and other Asian communities.
The announcement of the People’s Party got a frosty reception from NZ First leader Winston Peters who said race-based parties were bad news.
“No country is going to progress if we have political parties spending time accentuating their differences. For people to come into New Zealand and say we’re going to start an ethnic-based party is an extraordinary demand to make.” (more…)
New Zealand is doing better when it comes to being open-minded about diversity, but we still have a way to go.
An Ethnic Communities Engagement Summit is underway at Auckland’s AUT University this weekend, aimed at helping different cultural groups learn how to be active in their communities.
Multicultural New Zealand and Migrant Action Trust are among those organising the event, where keynote speakers and leaders will talk through ways people of non-European ethnicity can be supported in New Zealand.
Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said he’ll share some of the challenges he’s faced as a first-generation Kiwi-born Chinese, while encouraging people to work hard and get involved.
“To participate in the community, to be part of school boards, community organisations, participate in sports and it’s governance - so there’s a whole lot of governance opportunities for people to be supportive of each other.”
Mr Foon said he’s seen a huge difference in the way he was treated as a boy, compared to the way his own children are treated in the playground.
He said racial taunts don’t seem to be as prevalent, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for improvement.
“I think New Zealand needs to actually come out of it’s mono-language - definitely should be compulsory Maori and English at school at least and then multi-choice languages after.”
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