WP_14-05

The Changing Immigrant Cartography of
Auckland, New Zealand: An Asian Ethnic
Precinct

by Paul Spoonley, Carina Meares,
Robin Peace and Trudie Cain

Working Papers WP 14-05
July 2014
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

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Abstract:
New Zealand’s post-1987 business and skill-focussed immigrant recruitment policies have had several consequences for Auckland, including the transformation of numerous public spaces. One manifestation of this process of change has been the co-location of immigrant-dominated retailing in ethnic business precincts, which provides both economic and social network spaces for immigrant interaction with co-ethnics, and a zone of contact between immigrants and others. This paper describes the example of Dominion Road, an ‘Asian’ ethnic precinct in Auckland. Maps of business ownership and business types provide a snapshot of the emerging economic cartography of the precinct, and an examination of host and migrant engagements and interactions within the precinct indicate some of the parameters of the new cartographies of diversity that are evident in Auckland.         


Authors:
Paul Spoonley is a Distinguished Professor (Sociology) and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and was awarded the Science and Technology Medal in 2009 for contributing to academic scholarship on cultural diversity. He is the Programme Leader of the Integration of Immigrants Programme and Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi; both are funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010 and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in 2013. He can be contacted at P.Spoonley(at)massey.ac.nz

Dr Carina Meares is a Senior Social Researcher in the Research, Investigations and Monitoring Unit at Auckland Council. Prior to that, she was Research Manager for the Integration of Immigrants Programme, a project run jointly by Waikato and Massey Universities. Her research interests include international migration, ethnicity, social cohesion, ethnic precincts, gender and qualitative research methodologies. She can be contacted at  Carina.Meares(at)AucklandCouncil.govt.nz.

Robin Peace is Associate Professor (Research and Evaluation) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. She has worked on the Integration of Immigrants Programme and Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Dr Trudie Cain is a Social Researcher in the Research, Investigations and  Monitoring Unit at Auckland Council. Prior to that, she was Research Manager of the Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi research project which examines population change in New Zealand (Massey University/University of Waikato). Her research interests include: migrant, gendered and sized identities; qualitative research methodologies and ethics; and the materiality of everyday lives. She can be contacted at Trudie.Cain(at)aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.