Superdiversity Centre for
Law, Policy and Business
The Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business is a multidisciplinary centre specialising in analysing the law, policy and business implications of New Zealand’s superdiversity. The vision for the Centre is to enable Government, business and NGOs to maximise the benefits of the ‘diversity dividend’ arising from New Zealand’s transition to a superdiverse society.
Members of the Centre regularly contribute to the public debate around superdiversity, which you can read about here.
Implications for Business,
Government and New Zealand
There is currently a gap in analysing the legal and policy challenges of superdiversity and the implications for business. The Superdiversity Stocktake is designed to help us adapt to a superdiverse New Zealand, and make sure we are fit for the future. We cannot gain the benefits of superdiversity without understanding and addressing the challenges that come with the diversity dividend, and investing in social capital to keep financial capital high.
The Superdiversity Stocktake is New Zealand’s first stocktake of the implications of New Zealand’s ethnic superdiversity for business, government and citizens. The Stocktake includes relevant statistics and research on ethnic superdiversity, recommendations for best practice, new surveys results of the impact of superdiversity on business, government and citizens, key benefits, issues and challenges from superdiversity and a stocktake of Government departments and the work they are doing to adjust to ethnic superdiversity and the needs of the new New Zealand, including a top four and a ‘most improved’.
You can read advance comments on the Stocktake here.
The Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business will launch the inaugural Superdiversity Stocktake at the Auckland Art Gallery, Kitchener Street, Auckland on 3 November 2015. Please RSVP if you would like to attend, as numbers are limited.
If you would like to know more about the Superdiversity Stocktake and the Superdiversity Centre’s work, please contact the Centre at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and New Zealand’s Electoral
and Referenda Laws
This study, funded in part by the New Zealand Law Foundation, analyses the democratic implications of New Zealand’s superdiversity transition, given that voter participation in New Zealand is in decline, with Maori, Pacific peoples and new migrants overrepresented among those who do not vote.
“Superdiversity, Democracy and New Zealand’s Electoral and Referenda Laws” analyses the accommodations which New Zealand’s electoral laws already make for eligible voters with little or no English, and recommends further improvements based on a review of the electoral systems of comparable superdiverse cities and countries overseas.
A copy of the study has been read by Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission and Kylie Archer, Director of the Flag Consideration Project. Superdiversity Centre Chair Mai Chen presented the paper’s findings to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee’s inquiry into the 2014 Election on 15 October 2015 in an open session.
The study will be available free of charge from this website from 3 November 2015.