I've been reading the New Zealand Initiative's report, The New New Zealanders: Why Migrants Make Good Kiwis. The discussion of whether NZ's culture is being "diluted" (from p. 24) put me in mind of a finding from The Auckland-China Relationship: Rhetoric, Reality and Opportunity, a report I wrote for the Committee for Auckland that was published last September. We explored a number of anti-Chinese perceptions, including the fear that Chinese are "taking over" suburbs. Turns out, it's not true - Chinese make up the same proportion as Indians in the most highly-concentrated suburbs for their respective ethnicities, and the highest non-Pakeha density you'll find in Auckland actually comes from Pacific Islanders, who are twice as concentrated as either their Chinese or Indian counterparts. Not that you ever hear anything about that from the anti-China crowd!

(Picture from: Nicola Rowe, "The Auckland-China Relationship: Rhetoric, Reality and Opportunity." Committee for Auckland, 2016.)

(Picture from: Nicola Rowe, "The Auckland-China Relationship: Rhetoric, Reality and Opportunity." Committee for Auckland, 2016.)

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