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Museum Lecture Series - The Samuel Drew Lecture

Date: 10-11-2017
Time: 5.30pm

Where people settle, legends unfold: Immigration and electoral politics in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Davis Theatre, Watt Street
Glass of wine or juice available
Free entry – koha always welcome

To kick-off Whanganui River Week, we welcome Dr Kate McMillan, Senior Lecturer in the Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, who will deliver the 2017 Samuel Drew Lecture that commemorates our Museum’s founder.

When Samuel Drew migrated to New Zealand with his family in 1860, the overwhelming majority of migrants to New Zealand were, like him, from the United Kingdom. This was a trend that endured for over 130 years. By 2017, however, the largest source countries for migrants to New Zealand were China and India, with Filipinos the fastest growing immigrant community. How has this new era of migration impacted on New Zealand’s electoral politics? In this lecture Dr McMillan asks how recent migrations have affected voter turnout and partisanship, party policies and campaigning, and how election rhetoric about immigration has shaped the stories New Zealanders tell themselves about who “we” are when we go to the polls.