The Diversity Matrix

The Diversity Matrix: Refreshing What Diversity Means for Law, Policy and Business in the 21st Century is a follow-up publication to the Superdiversity Stocktake. It discusses how we need to refresh what the word ‘diversity’ means in 21st century New Zealand, so that it is not constrained to gender or ethnicity, and takes into account the multifaceted nature of every person’s identity. Properly defining diversity is critical to business, customers and employees, and will also affect how local and central government should tailor their approach to policy-making and citizen engagement, as addressed in the Superdiversity Stocktake.

The Diversity Matrix builds on this by examining the implications of undertaking a ‘matrix approach’ to diversity for the enforcement of our anti-discrimination laws, taking into account issues experienced by overseas courts in undertaking an “intersectional” approach to discrimination, and research on the compounded disadvantage experienced by certain groups.

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Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Business, Government and New Zealand

The results of New Zealand’s 2013 Census were published and followed by many pieces of work describing present New Zealand demography and noting particularly the considerable and recent rise in numbers of new Asian and Pacific New Zealanders. Now comes this latest book by well-known public lawyer and author, Mai Chen, with a central thesis that many entities could do a great deal more to face what is termed superdiversity.

Superdiversity occurs when a significant percentage of the community are from overseas and when suburbs and workplaces, to take two examples, show this in their makeup. The book argues that there would be economic benefits from catering for this new set-up in a better way, such as higher levels of employee productivity and innovation, and a boosted demand for goods and services sought by new New Zealanders.

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Superdiversity, Democracy 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 makes recommendations for improvements based on our review of the electoral systems of comparable superdiverse cities and countries overseas.

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