Superdiversity by Anna Heron
Superdiversity is a word used if a city has more than 25% of people from different ethnicities. Auckland is one of the most diverse cities in the world. New Zealand has over 200 ethnicities, 160 different languages and more than 25% of Aucklanders were born outside of New Zealand.
In a diverse city everyone should try to be culturally competent, which is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. Everyone should be respectful and open to every race to make the world a better place.
It is important to grow up in a diverse city, so you will be able to meet new people and learn a lot about different cultures. You can learn to have an attitude of being open-minded, interacting with everyone. You might even get to learn some different languages!
Super diversity has its pros and cons. Some people are less accepting than others, which can cause conflict. One problem is the racial wage gap, where on average people get paid differently just because of the colour of their skin or where they were born, but we can change that by being culturally competent.
It is predicted that Auckland will become more and more diverse, so it is good to keep an open mind and celebrate our diversity.
New Beginnings by Emma Thompson
This term we are “pretending” to be a family, I am Yu Xiang Wang, my wife is Cindy Wang and my daughter is Jojo Wang. We are pretending to be a family that recently moved to Auckland with $30,000 in our bank account and are now staying at the Avondale Motor Lodge. The next step for our family is to find a job, I am an electrician and I am in the middle of writing my CV and covering letter. We’re also currently looking for a house, which will hopefully be around the area of my new job and is suitable for dogs. Cindy is also looking to find a simple job with not many qualifications and Jojo is finding a good school that we can afford with our amount of money.
The Walker Family by Jonti Matthewson and Rose Parkinson
The Walker family is a fun-loving family; it includes Benjamin, Emily and Sienna. It is our family and since the beginning of term we have been imagining what it would be like for a typical family to move from another country to Auckland. Our family is very fortunate to have a large amount of money in our family bank account.
We are currently living in Mount Roskill in a typical family home. Emily is writing her CV to find a job, as she is a hand surgeon. Benjamin is also trying to find a job. Sienna is attending school at Mount Roskill Grammar. Though there are many challenges to this topic, such as expenses for almost everything, this topic is interesting and our family is excited for what is to come.