How NZ can Benefit from Increasing Diversity

Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ, pronounced 'cadence') is a research programme led by teams from the University of Waikato and Massey University. The team also includes staff from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington. It is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The 'face' of New Zealand is changing rapidly as a consequence of the settlementof migrants from around the world, temporary and circular international migration, growing ethnic diversity, population ageing, changing fertility patterns and urban growth. The research programme that will identify how New Zealand can better prepare for, and respond to, these demographic changes in order for the country to maximise the benefits associated with an increasingly diverse population.

The research measures, maps and analyses the complex societal impacts of diversity and the implications for businesses, households and communities of mobility, migration indigeneity, ethnic identity, demographic change (including structural ageing and fertility) and urban/regional disparities. A significant component of the research is concerned with the implications of diversity for Maori and with how Maori engage with diversity. The three major research themes deployed by the team include 1) Ethno-demographic diversity, 2) Societal impacts and opportunities, and 3) Institutional implications and responses. A meta-synthesis of all research components will be completed in the final year synthesising the quantitative and qualitative elements of the research. The results of this synthesis will published in ebook form.