Cel­e­brat­ing Auck­land’s di­ver­sity of im­mi­grants

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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).

Rod Oram

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