NZ Ferald’s latest project: Is XXX too white?

Is the Olympic Team too white?   That was yesterday.  But let’s keep the theme going for a bit:

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Auckland’s diversity not reflected in local government, writes Lincoln Tan.

Auckland may be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world but nine in 10 elected representatives on the Auckland Council are white, a study has found.

Ethnic minorities are being urged to stand as local body candidates, after AUT University research found the 23 per cent who identify as Asian had just 1 per cent representation on the council.

The study looked at how closely Auckland Council representatives reflected the population, and looked at who stood, and who was elected at the 2013 elections.

Nominations open today for the triennial local government elections, which also include local and community boards, district health boards and licensing trusts.

The study found 88 per cent, of elected representatives were European, despite just 59 per cent in the city identifying as European.

Overall, ethnic minority groups were under-represented: 6 per cent were Pacific members of a 14 per cent population, and 4 per cent Maori against a population of 11 per cent.

Report author Karen Webster said Auckland Council needs to ensure the needs of Maori and diverse communities are understood and met. “The successful growth and future prosperity of Auckland will depend on this.”

The study looked at the 2013 local election to establish how closely Auckland Council representatives reflected the population.

And so on, and so on.   Trust me, it’s just a big essay on proportional representation of race, irrespective of actual interest, ability or personal merit.

So, I think the obvious question to Lincoln Tan is:

Is the staff at the NZ Herald too white?

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– Lincoln Tan, NZ Herald


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