Welcome to the 6th newsletter from the Capturing the Diversity Dividend in Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ) research programme. For the CaDDANZ team, as for many of you, the disruptions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic have significantly altered the way we work and have drawn attention to new challenges in the worlds we operate. The experiences of lockdown have meant that many of us are working remotely, have had to delay or reorient our research and/or focus on the pressing issues around health, equity and inclusion that have been highlighted by the uneven impacts of the pandemic.
Many of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic relate directly to the research and engagement undertaken by the CaDDANZ research team. Our focus on population, migration and diversity is critical to understanding the transmission of the coronavirus, the inequities that emerge in its biomedical and social impacts and to the task of building better worlds as part of the response to the pandemic and the uncertain futures it presents. CaDDANZ researchers have been active in contributing to these public debates over recent months, some of which we highlight in this newsletter.
In the midst of the pandemic, Aotearoa New Zealand also reached the population milestone of five million. Population growth has been particularly rapid in recent decades, with the national population hitting three million in 1973, taking 30 years to get to four million in 2003 and then only 17 years to reach five million. I was particularly struck by the fact that government reports in the early 2000s predicted that the New Zealand population would likely never reach five million and would only peak at 4.6 million in 2051! The experience of the last two decades, then, demonstrates the fundamental importance of robust, timely and impactful research on population matters such as that undertaken by the CaDDANZ project. While all of our research addresses these population change dynamics in one way or another we have featured some notable contributions to public debate in response to New Zealand reaching the five million mark.
Lastly, we highlight a series of important publications emerging from CaDDANZ research. Of particular note is Professor Paul Spoonley’s new book The New New Zealand that addresses demographic disruption, population change and future scenarios. We also highlight publications on voting and Māori governance, youth ethnic identity, graduate destination choices, workplace and hospital diversity, and multinational migration and skills regimes.
We are grateful that MBIE has granted CaDDANZ a six month extension due to the impacts of Covid-19. The extension to March 2021 will allow us to resolve some of the disruptions caused by the pandemic and turn our attention to the pressing issues facing Aotearoa/New Zealand during and after the pandemic, whenever that may be.
Aotearoa Migration Research Network Symposium 4th September 2020
Aotearoa Migration Research Network Symposium
Migration in uncertain times: Im/mobilities, belonging and identities in Aotearoa/New Zealand
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a symposium at the University of Waikato on the 4th September 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. We welcome anyone who has an interest in this topic to attend. For more information including the programme click here
Migration Research Network
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 online (via Zoom) 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 news and upcoming seminars, please join the network’s facebook group.
The network has hosted three seminars since our last newsletter
Brave conversations: developing practices for cultural diversity within mainstream organizations presented by Juanita Rosa
Migration, influences, challenges and inclusionspresented by Hira Umair
Demographic disruption – and why immigration has become so important presented by Paul Spoonley
All have been recorded and can be found on our Facebook page or via this 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 Shemana Cassim who is a Research Fellow at the University of Waikato.