The Superdiversity Stocktake urges action to develop ethnically diverse workplaces and is a call to government to establish a more linked up approach to get New Zealand ready for our changing population demographic.
Producer of the report and Chair of the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business, Mai Chen explains that there are significant implications of New Zealand’s ethnic superdiversity for business, government and citizens.
“New Zealand's defining issue is superdiversity. This is especially evident in Auckland now, where almost 50 per cent of the population is Māori, Asian and Pacific peoples; where 44 per cent were not born in New Zealand; and where there are over 200 ethnicities, and 160 languages spoken,” said Ms Chen.
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy said at the launch of the stocktake that this ground breaking research is quite simply leadership in action and the kind of tool decision makers will need as they chart the nation’s next 200-years.
“New Zealand is at a race relations crossroads. As well as one of the most rapidly changing, ethnically diverse nations on earth, we also live in one of the most peaceful. If we fail to understand, plan for and make the most of diversity then opportunities will be lost and our future will be put at risk,” she said.
The Stocktake includes relevant statistics and research on ethnic superdiversity; recommendations for best practice; new surveys results of the impact of superdiversity on business, government and citizens; key benefits, issues and challenges from superdiversity. It includes a stocktake of Government departments and the work they are doing to adjust to ethnic superdiversity and the needs of the new, New Zealand, including a top four ranked departments and a ‘most improved’.
Some of the Superdiversity Stocktake’s key implications for business, Government and New Zealand are:
- We don't have the luxury of time. New Zealand's superdiverse future is already here - especially in Auckland, but also in other cities and on farms throughout rural New Zealand.
- A survey of visually diverse migrants found a top concern is discrimination against them and their NZ-born children, especially in employment, suggesting more legal challenges for breaches under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act.
- Studies show that an ethnically diverse workforce is essential for business competitiveness and greater profitability.
- Business needs government to continue investing in settlement services, English language services, legal protections in the labour market and social cohesion initiatives promoting the benefits of migration, and training migrants in how to get jobs and advising them how to invest in this country.
- To maintain societal trust and racial harmony, we need public agencies capable of forming policies and services for all New Zealanders and to engage with and consult all New Zealanders, including migrants and ethnic groups.
You can find the report here.