Welcome to a research project organized through Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Affairs, and conducted by PhD candidate Jessie Wilson under the supervision of Professor Colleen Ward. We would like to invite you to participate in a study about your experiences in New Zealand and what motivated your move here. This project has been approved by the university’s ethics committee.

To complete the following survey, you must:
-have been born outside of New Zealand
-be 16 years of age and older, and
-have been living in New Zealand for 5 years or less.

Your participation in the study will involve completing an anonymous questionnaire. The survey takes less than 30 minutes to complete and is entirely voluntary. It includes questions such as “How competent are you at building and maintaining relationships?”, “What was the main reason that motivated your move to New Zealand?”, and “Have you ever experienced less respect than others?”.

You do not have to take part in the study. If you do agree to participate, you are free to stop at any time without having to give a reason.

If you complete the questionnaire, it will be understood that you have consented to participate in the project, and also consent to publication of the results with the understanding that your anonymity will be preserved.

The data collected for this study will remain with us, be stored securely in the School of Psychology at Victoria University for at least five years, and be shared only with competent professionals on a case-by-case basis.

Preliminary results from the study will be posted on the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research website (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/cacr/) in May 2011. Or, you may provide your e-mail address below and a summary of the results will be e-mailed to you.

If you have any queries about the project, or if you would like to receive more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer your questions. Thank you very much for your help and cooperation!

Kind Regards,

Jessie Wilson, PhD Candidate (jessie.wilson@vuw.ac.nz or 04 463 5311)
Colleen Ward, Professor, School of Psychology (colleen.ward@vuw.ac.nz)

* 1. If you are interested in receiving a summary of results from the study, please enter your e-mail address below. Your e-mail address will not be used in any other way, and will not be connected to your survey responses.

 
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