Celebrating Auckland’s diversity of immigrants
The second annual Sir John Logan Campbell lecture will discuss the contribution of immigrants to Auckland.
The 2013 lecture at the Auckland Town Hall will be given by journalist Rod Oram.
Mr Oram is himself a migrant to Auckland who settled here in the late 1990s.
He says Auckland is a very different place today from when Sir John built the first colonial shop and house.
‘‘There were perhaps some 20,000 Maori living in the region. Today we Aucklanders number 1.5 million. We are an immigrant city,’’ he says.
‘‘Reflecting the beauty of our location and the rich diversity and talents of our people, we have made Auckland one of the most delightful cities in the world.’’
He believes by the time of Auckland’s bicentenary in 2040 there will be 2.5 million people living here.
‘‘We could turn this growth to good or ill – to create a city that shows the world a distinctive, vivacious style or urban life and work; or a city that stumbles along devaluing its people and place.’’
Mayor Len Brown, who initiated the lectures last year, treasures Sir John’s insight for Auckland.
‘‘I often return to the words and works of Sir John Logan Campbell for insight into Auckland’s early days and development, and inspiration for guiding it into its future,’’ he says
‘‘I am pleased that Rod Oram will be bringing his own experience as a migrant, as well as his keen insights into Auckland life to present this year’s lecture.’’
The Sir John Logan Campbell Lecture is in the Reception Lounge, Level 2, Auckland Town Hall on September 24, at 7pm (arrive no later than 6.45pm).