With this unique blending of cultures and traditions of hospitality there is a strong basis to become a ‘hub’ of intercultural, economic, and technological innovation and knowledge. However, it cannot happen by chance. There is a need to recognize and develop this intercultural potential by connecting more effectively at local levels.
Differences can become a basis for new forms of creativity and innovation and knowledge. They can also become a basis for new forms of disunity and discord.
For example, violence against Asians in Auckland inspires strong talk about creating and funding from public moneys a private police force.
At a time when there is much global socio-cultural, economic and ecological insecurity, and need for new knowledge, is this really the best, most creative solution New Zealanders can come up with?
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