What is an Aucklander?

17:00, Aug 05 2013
Paul Spoonley
BIG IDEAS: Professor Paul Spoonley will deliver a public lecture talks about life in Auckland tomorrow.

A wave of immigration has changed what it means to be an Aucklander, a Massey University professor says.

Immigrants and their children make up 56 per cent of Auckland's population.

Professor Paul Spoonley will host a public lecture tomorrow about how super-diversity has affected life as an Aucklander in the 21st century.

He will explore how cultural diversity and citizenship affect everything from food habits to sport.

It is a challenging and revitalising process, he says.

More contentious issues are also on the agenda.


"If we have had a national conversation in recent decades about the rights of Maori as tangata whenua, then we should also have another conversation about the rights of ethnic minorities," he says.

Prof Spoonley has been researching and writing on New Zealand's immigration and employment trends for more than 30 years.

He will speak from 6pm to 8pm on August 7 in the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre at Massey University's Albany campus.

Radio New Zealand's Bryan Crump will host an audience discussion after the lecture.

Email a.k.tootell@massey.ac.nz or call 414 0800 ext 7246 to book.

North Shore Times