Mapping the communicative ecology of Latin American migrant women in New Zealand

  • Luciana Nunes Hoffman University of Waikato, Hamilton
  • Evangelia Papoutsaki University of Central Asia, Khorog
Keywords: communication networks, gender, Latinas, migration, New Zealand


This article is based on a study that focused on the narratives of Latin American migrant women (LAMW) in New Zealand and the role formal and informal communication networks play in their migration experiences. These networks were both online and offline and supported by the ethnic media. Informed by a feminist theoretical framework, this qualitative investigation employed the oral history and communicative ecology approaches. This study demonstrated the existing complexity and interrelationship between the communication networks, the feminisation of migration and migrant women’s empowerment.


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Author Biographies

Luciana Nunes Hoffman, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Luciana Hoffmann Nunes, the principal researcher, works with digital marketing and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at the University of Waikato. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Communication (Unitec) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies (PUCRS, Brazil). Her academic and professional background includes business communications, photography, languages, literature, and linguistics. She has published academic research about Brazilian literature and gender and conducted a similar investigation about female surfers in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Evangelia Papoutsaki, University of Central Asia, Khorog

Evangelia Papoutsaki, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Central Asia where she leads the Communication and Media Programme. She is the editor-in-chief of Unitec ePress, NZ, and a former research associate of the Pacific Media Centre and a reviews editor of PJR. She has extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region.


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Nunes Hoffman, L., & Papoutsaki, E. (2019). Mapping the communicative ecology of Latin American migrant women in New Zealand. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 25(1&2), 225-241.