On March 7 the Year 8 girls were visited by Dr Trudie Cain from Massey University, where she works as a sociologist. She talked to us about the Super Diversity of Auckland’s population and the future of ethnic diversity in New Zealand. As well as that, she showed us some statistics about Auckland in comparison to the country and the world.
We were surprised at the fact that Chinese was not one of the top four languages spoken throughout New Zealand, but instead it was fourth in Auckland.
She talked to us about what it would mean for the country if more immigrants came to live here and how it is changing our sport, food, and culture. Did you know there has been a 29% decline in rugby at secondary schools, and 22% decline in interest of rugby overall, but sports like golf, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, and soccer have grown more popular amongst New Zealanders in recent years.
Foods from different cultures and places have been increasing in popularity as more and more people arrive into New Zealand. Our pallets are changing as well, as they are exposed and become more adjusted to foods like sushi (Japanese) or burritos (Mexican).
As well as our foods and sports, our culture is changing. We have festivals like the Lantern Festival, Diwali Festival, or Pasifika Festival along with Matariki, our own celebration. Thus the immigrants can join in and meet up with people with the same culture, and citizens can learn more about new traditions and countries.
The difference in population of New Zealand begins with Maori at 16%, then Asian at 12%, then Pacific people at 8% and finally European at 75%, but it is estimated that by 2035 Maori will have increased by 1%, Pacific by one, Asian by five, and Europeans will have decreased by 5%.
– Written by Jaclyn Wang and Brena Merz 8WLS