Story: New Zealand identity

Buddhist New Zealander

Buddhist New Zealander

A New Zealand flag envelops the head of a Buddhist monk, U Sasana, in Auckland's Queen Elizabeth Square in December 2007. The occasion was the start of the Global Human Rights Torch relay which went through 35 countries in an effort to encourage a boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Changes in immigration rules in 1986 opened up New Zealand to a range of new settlers of more diverse origins than previously. The result was a big increase in immigrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Increasingly multiculturalism and diversity became central to New Zealand identity.

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Fiona Barker, 'New Zealand identity - New Zealand’s peoples', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Fiona Barker, published 20 Jun 2012