Diversity, inclusion and ethnic communities

​Professor Edwina Pio, our University Director of Diversity was invited to Parliament by the Honourable Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities for a Parliamentary Diwali celebration.

"It is admirable that we now have a ministerial portfolio that is larger than just ethnic communities as in previous years, but that encompasses diversity and inclusion," said Professor Pio.

Edwina said the celebration was important as every 1 in 20 New Zealanders is now of Indian ethnicity.

Professor Edwina Pio and the Honourable Priyanca Radhakrishnan

A report produced by the Waitakere Indian Association on the economic contribution of New Zealand Indians was showcased at the event.

It highlighted the $10 billion contribution of Indians to the economy in 2019, and other interesting statistics.

Indians make up 5% of the population in 2019, with a high proportion of those under 5 and in the 20-40 age group. 65% of Indians live in Auckland, followed by 9% in Wellington.

Indians are more likely to be highly qualified and employed, with 72% of Indians of working age at work, compared to 65% of the total population of working age.

Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is a time of reflection. "Diwali has a deep meaning for every individual as it signifies bringing light to our hearts and minds as we seek to become more inclusive of our diverse communities," Professor Pio said.

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon and Professor Edwina Pio

Date: 9/12/2020 4:30 p.m.
Author: Anya Imandin