Winter Lecture 4 - Pacific migration to Aotearoa-New Zealand: “more than meets the eye” Event as iCalendar

23 August 2017

1 - 2pm

Venue: Conference Centre Lecture Theatre

Location: Room 423-342, Symonds Street entrance level, 22 Symonds Street

Host: School of Environment

Cost: Free

Speaker: Associate Professor Yvonne Te Ruki Rangi o Tangaroa Underhill-Sem, School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland

After about four generations of migration to Aotearoa-New Zealand, there is a growing diversity among people with Pacific ancestry. Thanks to the combined effects of social, cultural, economic and political transformations, this diversity is most obviously seen in the naming of Pacific national sports teams, music groups, artists and other public figures. 

In this lecture I reflect upon how this diversity came about and how hyphenated identities, cosmopolitan sensitivities and multi-cultural practices will continue to be transformative of Pacific communities and homes in Aotearoa, and the many other places Pacific peoples call home. 

This is particularly evident in the last three decades as different policies have shaped the nature of population mobility from both the East and West Pacific. Intertwined with stories of diverse Pacific ancestry, I will examine some of the key processes that have produced this diversity (intermarriage, social mobility, globalization and discrimination) and ask what it means for the next generation of people with Pacific ancestry in Aotearoa-New Zealand.


The Winter Lecture series:

This lecture is the fourth in a series of six lectures on consecutive Wednesdays - Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand

Contact: Dr Francis Collins or Dr Ward Friesen

Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand. Background image is a cityscape of Auckland, looking out towards the harbor. It spans from Herne Bay on the left to the Sky Tower on the right. The motorway interchange with streaks of car lights, and adjacent walkway is in foreground, towards the right.