Recommended readings, research & resources from EPAP.

The Auckland Council website is filled with incredible resources, readings and research. Some of which can be a little challenging to find. So, we thought we’d highlight a few key resources that may be of interest to our ethnic communities:


Auckland Plan 2050 evidence report: demographic trends for Auckland: data sources and findings June 2018

Source: Auckland Council

Publication Date: 2018

Understanding the broad demographic trends that influence and shape Auckland’s population is essential to our ability to plan for a bright and prosperous future. Past trends and future projections point to a continuation of population growth, an ageing population, and ethnic and cultural diversity over the next 30 years. These trends intersect and overlap, and will continue to play out differently across Auckland’s neighbourhoods.

The primary purpose of this report is to provide the evidential basis for the demographic information contained in the Auckland Plan, including the Development Strategy. It has four overall aims:

to present an overall description of Auckland’s current population, age composition, and ethnic composition, and to place that within the national context

to clarify which data sources are used, and why

to outline the evidential basis for future population growth projections used in the Auckland Plan, including discussion on the drivers of growth and change

to identify and discuss the key demographic trends shaping Auckland’s population now and into the future. These trends are not isolated to Auckland – they also play out at a national and global scale.

The report is prepared using the most up-to-date information available. Future updates to the Auckland Plan 2050 will be informed by new demographic information, such as results from the 2018 New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings, and updated Stats NZ’s population estimates.

See also:

Other evidence reports

Doing ethnic diversity at Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland: workshop summary

Author: Carina Meares, Claire Gooder, Helen Te Hira

Source: Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU

Publication date: 2017

This workshop overview, and the Literature Review* that sits alongside it, provide a conceptual and practical foundation for the potential development of ‘diversity’ policy at Auckland Council.

The literature review focuses on four main areas: the social impact of ethnic diversity; city level initiatives that focus on diversity and inclusion; ethnic diversity and the development of infrastructure at the city level; and the intersection between indigeneity and immigration. The relationship between migration, ethnicity and inequalities is a cross-cutting theme and is woven through these four sections. The workshops, with their focus on the perceptions and experiences of participants, provide a counterpoint to the findings of the literature review. What we mean by this is that the workshops privilege the voices of Auckland Council staff and local academics in ways that balance the focus of the literature review on published sources from around the world.

*See also:

Immigration, ethnic diversity and cities: a literature review for Auckland Council. Auckland Council technical report, TR2017/008


Author: Claire Gooder

Source: Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU

Publication Date: 2017

This review presents insights from the international and national literature on the social impacts of immigration-driven ethnic diversity and cities, with examples of initiatives and infrastructure considerations at the city-level. The review also engages with the literature on indigeneity and immigration. This review has been undertaken to inform Auckland Council’s approaches and considerations of ethnic diversity in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

The literature on ethnic diversity, migration and cities is complex and contradictory. What is clear, however, is the importance of understanding the national and local contexts (social, political, historical and economic), and the influence of those contexts on issues including language and categorisation, institutions and inequality.

The demographic characteristics of Auckland Council candidates and elected members

Author: Jesse Allpress, Brian Osborne

Source: Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit

Publication date: 2017

This report presents a summary of the demographic characteristics of 2016 Auckland Council election candidates, as well as a comparison between candidates and the Auckland adult population (aged 18 years and older).

The analysis shows that, for the 2016 Auckland Council election:
- Female candidates were underrepresented within the total candidate pool. A higher percentage of female candidates were elected than male candidates, however, resulting in a representative balance of male and female elected members.
- The age distribution of candidates tended to be skewed toward older age groups compared to that of the Auckland adult population. Three-quarters (76%) of all candidates were aged 45 years and over, compared to just under half (48%) for the Auckland adult population.
- European candidates were overrepresented within the total candidate pool (76% of all candidates identified as European, compared to 60% of the Auckland adult population). Māori and Pacific Peoples were represented at a similar rate to the Auckland population and Asian candidates were notably underrepresented in the total candidate pool. The latter three broad ethnicity groups were elected at lower rates than European candidates, resulting in an underrepresentation of all three groups amongst elected candidates.
- Candidates were more likely to be born in New Zealand than the Auckland adult population, with 75 per cent of candidates born in New Zealand, compared to 54 per cent of the Auckland adult population.
- Almost one third (29%) of candidates were able to hold a conversation in at least one language other than English. This percentage was somewhat lower amongst elected members (18%). Candidates reported being able to speak a range of languages, with English (100%), Māori (5%), Samoan (5%) and Hindi (3%) being the most common.

Auckland Council technical report, TR2017/017.

See also:

Auckland Council elections candidate experience survey 2016, TR2017/004

Auckland Council candidate survey. A summary of 2016 results


Many Aucklanders already have a strong sense of belonging. Some, however, experience loneliness and isolation, which impacts on their self-esteem and wellbeing.

Source: Auckland Council, Quality of Life survey 2016: results for Auckland

The sense of belonging is different for everyone.

Belonging can be tied to feelings of wellbeing, identity, and attachment to place.

It can be influenced by:

● how safe and secure people feel

● whether people have the opportunity or ability to participate in society

● whether people feel able to express themselves and play an active role in decisions that impact them.

● It can also be influenced by how well, and how easily, people can see themselves reflected in civic and community life, in positions of leadership, decision-making and in public spaces.

Auckland's significant population growth is an opportunity to increase a sense of belonging among existing Aucklanders and to foster it amongst newcomers.

It is not always easy for people to adjust to and welcome change. Sharing time and activities with other people builds trust, social connection, a sense of belonging, and attachment.

The more Aucklanders trust each other, the more connected, productive, and thriving they are likely to be.

The process of fostering inclusion, however, requires time and commitment. Building an inclusive Auckland is a collaborative endeavour, as it is not within the control of any one person, group or organisation.

Achieving a sense of belonging and supporting the ability to participate requires activity under all the outcomes in the Auckland Plan 2050.

We can all help create a sense of belonging through our own actions.