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Biculturalism, Cultural Diversity and Globalisation: Issues for Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2010, 37(1), pp.93-122
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general

David C. Thorns 1 Tagaloa Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop 2 Rosemary Du Plessis 3

1Univercity of Canterbury
2Auckland University of Technology
3University of Canterbury

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Like many other nation states in Asia and the Pacific, Aotearoa/New Zealand confronts the challenges of increasing cultural diversity and its benefits. This paper argues that Te Tiriti O Waitangi/ The Treaty of Waitangi is central to understanding cultural diversity and the impacts of globalisation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Attention to this founding document and its implications sets the scene for discussion of recent settlement trends. Presentations at a national workshop on cultural diversity are used to highlight the complexity of living in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. The paper concludes with reflections on how people in Aotearoa/New Zealand are reworking understandings of national identity while recognising the special status of Māori as indigenous people, their shared Polynesian heritage with citizens of Pacific Island descent, and appreciating and maintaining the cultural traditions of an increasingly diverse population.

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