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LATE 2017: Home Sweet Home? A Question of Immigration


Noelle McCarthy - Moderator

Noelle McCarthy

Marie Kinscher

Irish-born Noelle McCarthy is a broadcaster and writer with over a decade of experience producing and presenting radio, writing for print media and hosting live events.

Her immigration podcast series "Slice of Heaven" is made in association with Massey University, and will be released by RNZ later this year.


Arama Rata

Arama Rata

Arama Rata is of Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, and Ngāruahine descent. After completing a PhD in Psychology, she lectured in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Rata is now a researcher at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA). Her current research projects include: Māori attitudes towards immigration; Māori political participation; Indigenous survivorship; Māori experiences of hospital transfers; as well as iwi consultancies.

Dr Rata is also the Māori spokesperson for MARRC (Migrants and Refugee Rights Campaign).

Ali Ikram

Ali Ikram

Rebekah Robinson/Bauer Media

Ali Ikram is a writer and broadcaster whose TV credits include Nightline and Campbell Live.

His columns on art have appeared in the NZ Herald, musings on daily life in Fairfax Newspapers and his work has twice been printed in Tell You What: Great NZ Non-Fiction published by Auckland University Press.

Paul Spoonley

Paul Spoonley

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He is the author or editor of 27 books, the most recent being Rebooting the Regions (2016).

He is a Programme Leader of a research programme on the impacts of immigration and diversity (MBIE, 2014-2020) and is particularly interested in the issues of immigrant settlement and social cohesion. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011 and was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society in 2009.

He looked at second generation immigrant identities while he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010, and since 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. The Auckland War Memorial Museum made him a Fellow in 2015.

Roseanne Liang

Roseanne Liang

Roseanne Liang enjoys the cut and thrust of genre, gender and culture.

She's made acclaimed short films (Take 3 - Berlinale Generation Special Mention; Do No Harm - Sundance Film Festival, SXSW 2017), a festival-hit documentary (Banana in a Nutshell), a feature film (My Wedding and Other Secrets - New Zealand's highest grossing locally-made film of 2011), and award-winning comedy web-series Flat3 and Friday Night Bites.

When she grows up she wants to be Ang Lee and Kathryn Bigelow and Denis Villeneuve.