Embracing Ethnic Diversity: Melting-Pot Reality Okay with New Zealanders

Lincoln Tan, New Zealand Herald, October 1, 2012

New Zealanders are accepting ethnic diversity as “part of our reality” and most no longer view migrant communities with suspicion like we did in the 1990s.

Almost seven in 10 Aucklanders in a Herald street poll said they were comfortable with the ethnic diversity in Auckland, and 72 per cent said they have a close friend or friends outside their own ethnic group.

More than six in 10 also felt New Zealand society today was “multicultural” and slightly more than half said they would be comfortable even if Asians, Pacific and Maori outnumbered Europeans in the city.

These were some of the findings of a survey of 214 Aucklanders taken at Albany, Botany, New Lynn and the central city between September 22 and 30.

Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley said the results showed New Zealanders have gone from being suspicious of migrant communities to one of acceptance and acknowledgement of the contribution of migrants.

“We had that period early on post-1987 when we were unsure about Asian migration,” he said.

“But these figures shows that it has become accepted much more as part of our reality as Aucklanders and as we think about the future, where Pakeha would become a minority, is not that frightening.”

Professor Spoonley said the street poll findings were consistent with recent studies, including an Asia New Zealand Foundation study of Kiwi perceptions on Asia, where 21 per cent said they had felt warmer towards Asian people in the past year.

In that survey, more than four out of five agreed Asians contributed significantly to New Zealand society and 83 per cent rated the Asian region as important or very important to New Zealand’s future.

“In terms of public opinion polling, the two countries that currently stand out are Canada and New Zealand, and it doesn’t matter what the questions that you ask about the effects of immigration, the positive answers tend to be 60 per cent and higher,” he said.

“If you go to Europe, it tends to be 50 per cent or lower, and Australia too [seems] to be dropping away.”

The Herald poll found 76 per cent said ethnic diversity was a good thing and 63 per cent saying their experience of diversity had been positive.

Professor Spoonley said there had been a huge change in attitudes towards migrants in the past decade and believed that positive answers would have been significantly lower if the same questions had been asked in the 1990s.

New Zealand has had a “history of intolerance towards Asians” since colonial times, especially towards the Chinese who were considered an “inferior” race, he said.

Online encyclopedia Te Ara said: “Chinese were considered racially inferior to white people and their culture was seen as a threat.

“Their habits were viewed as strange, and they were seen as ‘drug-besotten sin-begotten fiends’.”

Professor Spoonley said politicians, like Winston Peters, capitalised on this in the 1990s by making inflammatory remarks about Asian migration to win votes.

But recent efforts to stir similar anti-Asian sentiments in Auckland last year by political activist group the Right Wing Resistance “failed to get off the ground”, he said.

“In the scheme of things, we as New Zealanders have come an incredibly long way in terms of how we view diversity,” Professor Spoonley said.

“Today a majority of Kiwis are just embracing and enjoying what ethnic diversity brings,” he said.

University of Auckland professor of Asian studies Manying Ip said greater interaction between people of different ethnicities has helped in increasing the feeling of warmth, and the internet has also helped raise Kiwi awareness about Asia.

“It has been an ongoing trend of greater acceptance of Asians in recent times, and this is mainly due to a greater awareness of Asia and an increase in meaningful social interaction with Asians, especially in Auckland,” Professor Ip said.

She said many of those who did not have friends outside their community were newcomers, mostly people from China or Korea, who struggled with English and lacked the confidence to socialise.

“But this will be a one generation thing, because their children will definitely be socialising with people who are not just of their own ethnicities in schools,” said Professor Ip.

Asia New Zealand research director Andrew Butcher said studies by the foundation have found that “the more people have contact with Asians the warmer they feel towards them”.

“For Auckland, there are large Asian populations and there [is] lots of contact so I would say that the welcoming of diversity is probably warmer in Auckland then elsewhere,” he said.

“Auckland is what we call a super diverse city; it’s right up there with Toronto in terms of migrant populations and international surveys have shown that New Zealanders are warmer, and in some ways considerably warmer to people from other countries then elsewhere.”

Dr Butcher said there was “antipathy” by some local-born Chinese to the new immigrant Chinese groups.

“Partly because the new Chinese were seen as more ostentatious, they came with money whereas of course the New Zealand-born Chinese didn’t.

“The new immigrants obviously came with different motivations, and were not thought to be a model minority,” Dr Butcher said.

A foundation study entitled “Diverse Auckland: The Face of New Zealand in the 21st Century” by University of Auckland geographer Wardlow Friesen found Auckland’s Asian population had distinctive characteristics that were very different to the rest of the country.

There was a higher proportion of those in the 15-30 age group, reflecting the presence of international students, and females were over-represented in the 30-50 age group, possibly because of the high number of families from Korea and China with absent fathers.

At the last Census, the Asian population of Auckland was 19 per cent, but that is projected to reach 23.5 per cent by 2016 and 27 to 30 per cent by 2021.

The study said the biggest impacts that these migrants have had on Auckland are on retailing, restaurants, festivals, religion and media.

According to the report, growth for the Asian population in Auckland will be about 51 per cent up to 2016 compared with 46 per cent for New Zealand as a whole.

Last year China, with 5262 permanent residents and India with 4218, were the second and third largest source countries for immigrants to New Zealand behind United Kingdom.

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  • I guess some people actually have to eat dog feces to discover it’s bad for them, most just have to smell it to know it’s bad for them, and the smart ones know what it is and know it’s bad from a distance. Of course after those naive idealist have swallowed it, it’s to late to do anything about it

  • jedsrael

    Are white New Zealanders content to fade away?

    Of course they are, because they’ve been taught to believe that Whiteness causes racism, and racism is the greatest evil in the universe and must be eradicated by eradicating Whiteness. 

    Less Whiteness = Less Racism = Progress, and we all pledge allegiance to the Progressive St. MLK’s Anti White Privilege Religion of Inclusion (Excluding Whites) and Tolerance (Intolerance of Whites).
    Doesn’t it terrify you just how easily Whites come to believe that “the Other,” as ugly and dangerous as it is, has a superior right to existence over our own? 

    We are witnessesing the future created by our weakness…  Nietzsche had a few things to say about it, and so does http://www.counter-currents.com/,  but these are better said by http://cambriawillnotyield.wordpress.com/  and  http://spiritwaterblood.com/

    Even if you are a White Christ Christian, you need to listen to this masterpiece of blood and bone White Resistance:

    • dondiego

       Not all New Zealanders are boiled-frog apathetic wimps. Sadly, the sheer number means I am off to Australia in two weeks. This blog http://johnansell.wordpress.com/ is one of the few examples of pushback. Govt and media are against white taxpayers, though.

      • jedsrael

        Many White people feel bereft because the leadership that we look to, the upper Bourgeois tier — the most educated part of our own society — seem to have left the majority. The elite has gone global and sees itself as part of a global elite, and the traditional brokers of power from the university lecturer to your senior businessman, to your senior lawyer and so on, always seem to be on the side of giving the line away. And that’s because in the present day it suffices and works for you to be on the side that gives away what the past has bequeathed to you.


        • Invictus_1

          jedsrael IS RIGHT!   PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS.  This will help many whites to understand the underpinning philosophic view and nature of what we could call “Deep Race Realism.”

          Thank you jedsrael, for bringing our attention to these youtube uploads of what I am convinced is the outline of the only way forward for whites and the only formula for action if the West is to be saved.

          • jedsrael

            The quotation is from Jonathan Bowden at the link.

  • guest

    They say that ethnic diversity is “part of our reality”?  So is ethnic conflict.  Diverse societies have never been 100% peaceful and the more diverse a society becomes, the more trouble it inevitably brings.

  • Defiant White

    That’s what comes from living your life upside down and having toilets that flush backwards.

  • Barrack Osama

     It’s part of their reality because they allow it to be so – out of apathy. They’re content. For now.

  • Since Kiwis think diversity is peachy perhaps we can ship a few million mexicans and blacks over there so they can get a real taste of what we have experienced. Then Europe can ship in a few million Muslims and we’ll see where they stand after that. They are experiencing the lesser of the evils right now.

  • Ulick

    The title of the article doesn’t match the referenced survey.  The title says that New Zealanders are content with a melting pot reality, but the survey said the questions were posed only to Aucklanders.

    Auckland is New Zealand,s largest and most diverse city.  More recent immigrants live in Auckland than other parts of New Zealand.  So, of course, these people would be receptive to a New Zealand where white new Zealanders played a lesser role.  This whole thing would be the equivalent of interviewing people who live in New York City, a great many of whom are non-white, and assuming that their views on the positives of a less white America reflected those of Americans on the whole.

  • potato78

    Last year China, with 5262 permanent residents and India with 4218, were
    the second and third largest source countries for immigrants to New
    Zealand behind United Kingdom.

    Which ethnicities do white women and men like to date?
    Surprising study:

    “In multi-ethnic Metro Vancouver, this is a subject that’s increasingly
    being hotly discussed as inter-radical dating and marriage continues to
    grow. The results are surprising. While Census Canada has some useful
    data on this sort of thing, psychologists at Cardiff University in Wales
    have gone the extra step and actually tried to pin down inter-ethnic

    Who do white women prefer?

    The Cardiff researchers discovered that:

     white women (in Britain at least) opt first for black males, followed by whites and then

    White men, on the other hand, tend to first prefer Asian women. That was followed by white women, then black.”

    Asian men is no better than black men? Why is that?


    • 1911ThePunisher45

      Oh what fun those women are in for when the global economy collapses, and all the first world nations go broke. Golden Dawn, Slavic Union, Aryan Nations, won’t be so repulsive to these women then. It’s kind of funny in a sad sort of way, don’t you think?

      • Sherman_McCoy

        History has proven time and time again that it is in the nature of banks and governments to inflate, until there is a crash.  We are currently in the closing stages of the inflationary segment of the business cycle.  It is being exacerbated by the trillions of dollars wasted on largesse for the most worthless among us, which directly, or indirectly (welfare recipients supporting the extravagant lifestyles of hip/hop “artists”, for example) enables normally unworthy black males to attract even desirable white women.

        When we hit the world wide depression phase, those who have had the foresight and intelligence to prepare (beans, bullion, and bullets?) will become immensely attractive to the opposite sex.  And those same blacks that had been so attractive previously will become members of the rampaging mobs, suitable only for target practice.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      ” . . . white women (in Britain at least) opt first for black males, followed by whites and then Asians.”
      If that is true, then the brainwashing is complete.

      •  Just look at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, a celebration of miscegenation. From the Anti White Media blog.

        ” Exposing the Subtle and Blatant Ways in
        Which the Media Seeks to Denigrate, Humiliate, and Ultimately
        Exterminate People of European or Caucasian Descent, One Image at a
        Time. ”


        • Sherman_McCoy

          Yes, absolutely revolting.

      • No amount of brainwashing could induce normal person to like rats or lizards. I think that these “studies” are flawed. A certain percent of WW may be attracted to Blacks, but it’s less numerous, percentage-wise, than homosexuals.

  • 1911ThePunisher45

    Come to the U.S.of A, then buy a rifle.

  • Terry

     If this is so White New Zealanders are stupid,but as one of the not born in NZ I am part of the 40% but I am white as are a lot of the other 40% though I live in a rural area. Most of the Maori population are not pure  and many are almost pure white except for about 1/64 Maori genes.However even in this rural backwater I meet many who say all people are the same just a different colour skin.The government is wringing it hands over the fact that some schools and students are performing badly and all should be able to become space scientists if properly schooled. I don’t know if they believe this or are just playing politics.

    • A. Windaus

      By definition you must be 1/16th Maori to claim Maori special rights. The problem is that the 1/16th may have only been half Maori two generations ago, leaving people who can look whiter than many Europeans who travel the tropics.

  • The further away the country is from Black people like Sweden, Norway, Canada, New Zealand the more ignorant and liberal they are about Black peoples criminal behaviour.

    These whites are not bad people just well meaning fools, completely and utterly brainwashed by Liberalism / Cultural Marxism. So when it comes to black people, it’s a novelty and exotic. New Zealanders are like the Eloi , it’s totally ripe for destruction.

  • Gary Jenkins

    I’m from NZ, and my heart sinks deep into my bowels when I hear Whites embracing this trend.

    I mean, if racially diverse societies are full of hatred, and bigotry, and intolerance, why support diversity?

    Gary John.

  • C_C_Conrad

    Speaking of backlash –


  • I’m gonna throw up …

  • IstvanIN

    Do New Zealanders have freedom of speech or is NZ like the UK and Canada where there is none?

  • A. Windaus

    A sample of 214 people, all from three specific cherry-picked suburbs in Auckland, is not representative of New Zealand.